you might have seen some of my other bad luck posts, but it…just keeps happening and now I need some advice (and a little sympathy lol). As as summary:
-mid year last year I had a major rash as a reaction to my covid shots. That set me back significantly, but I still placed 8th in my A race
-October I had oral surgery which was 1,000x worse than I could have imagined and took me a month to recover. I started my season after with a V02 block (when I had high hopes about changing things up to continue improving).
-Immediately after the block I got chickenpox…for the second time in my life…as an adult.
-A little before the chickenpox I started developing a spot on my thumb. I had an appointment to get it looked at and fixed but was in the urgent care the day before being diagnosed with chickenpox and had to postpone.
-My NEW appointment for the spot was scheduled for January because of the holidays. However, the blood spot on my finger kept growing and kept rupturing.
-The blood spot ruptured three time and I wound up in the ER after losing about a pint of blood (that was LITERALLY shooting out of my thumb as I sat in the operating room).
-That happened two days before my rescheduled appt, which delayed treatment again.
-Monday I finally saw the dermatologist, got diagnosed with a wayward growing blood vessel (no idea the name, medical users probably know) that he tried to cauterize but it was so big he couldn’t fully stop the bleeding and cauterized around it and sutured the vessel.
That leaves me to today, with sutures, a hand I can’t use, and feeling terrible both mentally and physically. I have been in a constant state of recovery since October, and even know I can’t put pressure on my hand or do much to get my blood pressure up to keep from bursting things. I see my friends doing 100 mile base rides and getting well into training. Meanwhile, I’m at the same FTP I started with in November (which was lower than going into the 2021 season by 15 watts thanks to the surgery).
I’m so frustrated because I try and do everything right, from strength/core training and stretching to a near perfect diet and sleep, but I’m just…struggling.
What would you all suggest at this point? I’ve been doing a LV TR plan and hitting some workouts, but many weeks I’d just do nothing or free rides to feel. Should I completely bag my training so far and start fresh with base, or should I keep going through build given that Monday’s ride (before the appointment) I knocked out a solid 9.0 SS ride for a couple hours but I’m now back to forced light training?
For someone who competes at the pointy end and was targeting the State TT and nationals, my chances of doing anything this season seem impossible.
I will say I have 15 years of hard training in my legs and PRd at 365 watt FTP last year, so it’s not like I’ve never been fast before. But at this point in the year and with my setbacks, I have no idea what to do, as I’ve never been in this situation before.
Thanks for at least taking the time to listen to me vent about my frustrations. Cheers!