Had Inquinal Hernia Surgery four weeks ago this past Tuesday. The Doc was adamant I give him four weeks off the bike and to start off slow until at least 6 weeks. I reluctantly followed his guidance and behaved.
So starting on Tuesday I am doing easy Endurance rides. The five weeks prior to surgery I was really working on increasing my aerobic fitness with longer rides and managing rides with a heart rate throttle ala the Fatmax approach while including a weekly VO2 ride as well. Was making noticeable progress with improvement in overall heart rate levels and lower decoupling over the course of this 5 weeks.
Am really concerned about what I have been experiencing this week. Heart rate levels are off the chart for the efforts involved. During the four weeks off the bike, I did do regular treadmill workouts (walking briskly with no running up to 4.4 mph) up to 1 3/4 hour sessions which did get my heart rate up to the mid 140s. I was hopeful this would help maintain my aerobic fitness gained prior to surgery.
The only thing different is that I switched to riding in my small front chain ring for the 3 efforts this week. I cannot believe this would have that much of an impact, but not sure. I will try the big chain ring tomorrow to see if that makes much of a difference.
Here are two rides for your review and comparison to see how big a swing I am having.
Hoping this resolves itself somewhat quickly as I really was happy with the gains made in terms of aerobic conditioning prior to the surgery and hoping it comes back relatively quickly. Any thoughts or insights are much appreciated.
Here are the rides: