I need some insight, feedback, advice regarding Achilles tendon pain.
I’m working through some Achilles tendonitis (self-diagnosed) that was brought on after a hard ride back on April 20th. I think high-force low-cadence repeats caused it.
I’ve been on and off the bike since doing very easy rides and was able to do a 2 hour Z2 ride on Sunday with no ill effects. However, today (17 days post-injury) I pushed it too far and did some high sweet spot/threshold efforts in the 5-8 min variety and felt quite a bit of soreness after the ride. I have Almanzo on May 18th so this was more or less a test ride to see how things felt. Soreness confirmed.
For the last 3 days I’ve been following this protocol, and I felt improvement—but have since screwed that up with my hard ride today.
For those of you who have experienced similar issues, was there anything you found helped your recovery? How did you deal with the mental side of being sidelined?
I’m afraid that a long stint of zero cycling is in my future so I’m processing the inevitable decline in fitness that was fought for over the last 12 weeks of training as well as having to withdraw from 3 planned gravel races and fight to salvage what’s left of the year.