You know what? Easing back in is hard. Because even though I’m well on my way to being back to full strength after my surgery, I still have this hip injury to deal with.
Right now, Zwift is doing their Tour of Watopia, a series of 7 rides that takes you through all of their courses (I think). It’s a pretty cool challenge, and while I’m not sure I will be able to complete it due to scheduling (and also some of the legs are super hard), I figured I would try the first leg.
The great thing about the challenge is that it’s not a race. It’s not about how fast you go. You just have to cover the course. Which is good, because I wasn’t fast to begin with and dealing with an injury and surgery recovery, well… yeah.
(Thankfully, the programmers at Zwift are nice and no matter how slow I went, they never made my avatar fall over, which is exactly what would have happened if I were actually riding at that speed on some of those steep climbs.)
I made it through the first leg taking it easy, not pushing, and just riding at a comfortable level. It took forever, but that’s okay. Also according to the stats, I wasn’t last. And most importantly, it didn’t hurt.
My muscles were not prepared for this workout. While I made it through with no pain, just some fatigue, a few hours later, I was sore. Super sore. Do not recommend. Of course, some of this was my own fault – if I had stretched just a bit more or not done the workout so late in the evening and walked around more following the ride, things may have been better.
But it was a good reminder that I’m not back to full force just yet. No regrets, of course. And I’m still going to push the workouts (though I don’t know that I’m going to finish Tour of Watopia, because one of the legs has almost 4500 feet of climbing and that’s a lot). But I’m also making a point to remember to take rest days when I need them. Slow and steady. Slow and steady.