I’m just starting this thread to feel like I’m not the only one struggling (struggled) with back pain that’s getting in the way of training. I’m 32, have been training for about 3 years on the bike now, and have seen huge gains from TR. I was on my way to a US cat 3 upgrade before covid, used the lockdown to train harder than ever before (including strength and core), and was coming up on the magic 5 w/kg as recently as December. But that feels a long way away now… Since late Dec/early Jan I’ve been dealing with pretty bad low back pain. Who knows how it started, but there was a lot of snow to shovel around that time, so probably something there could have been an issue. I’ve combed the forums here for tips, I’m seeing a PT, and have been prescribed Opioids from my doctor and avoiding them atm. Trying to do all the right things (stretching and even more core work as prescribed by the PT), but it’s been a tough slog just being unable to train (edit: hard, I can spin easy without too much issue). More of a mental challenge than anything else, (not just training, not being able to play with the kids has been tough too). Doc and PT are thinking I just did something to discs, so more just a wait and see approach.
More just wondering how people have handled the uncertainy of low back pain. Give me a broken collarbone any day (ask me how I know, haha). That I can see, I can understand how long it will take to get back training, and I can plan. This, meh. Fast group rides are opening back up in my area, and all I want to do is get out there or know when I can!