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Some of you may know I've been off the bike for a LONG time (over 4 months) with a groin and hip injury.

Now all going to plan Friday is my next appointment and I should be getting the green light to get back on the bike.

Other than start slowly / build up. Any advice?

Just want to get back to speed / fitness asap.

I have the turbo trainer but am concerned the resistance (even lowest one) might be hard going given I'm starting from zero so to speak.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 3 years ago
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Don't dive in (duh)

I highly suggest doing the turbo slowly on no resistance as a warm up before any ride. It'll revive that muscle memory.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Confidence is ok. Actually itching to get back riding I'd say.

Good idea on spinning resistance free, I hadn't considered that.

Thanks guys.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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"Starting for zero got nothing to lose" - Tracey Chapman

How is your confidence? Get out on the road, find your level and get stuck in, as you slowly get your legs spinning in circle's, you can get on the trainer to help speed up your progress back to fitness. But don't use it to begin with.

You will be better off getting some road miles into the legs and just getting out there, as long as you don't risk injury again.

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Leviathan [1986 posts] 3 years ago
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The road is 'natural' so you can just take it easy, the resistance you need is how much you want to put into your legs, so I would suggest a short spin to the shops; just ride first, don't train straight away.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 3 years ago
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Agree with bikeboy, just ride first and rediscover why you enjoy it. Maybe it would be a good idea to do an easy turbo spin first just to confirm that the injury doesn't immediately make itself known again.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Might be worth getting a bike fit done, if you haven't already? Also spend a lot of time doing stretches.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 3 years ago
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That's a fair point - going from nothing to straight back onto a bike with race geometry (which the Tarmac SL3 is) is a fairly big step in itself. Stretching, core strengthening. A yoga or pilates class maybe?

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

That's a fair point - going from nothing to straight back onto a bike with race geometry (which the Tarmac SL3 is) is a fairly big step in itself. Stretching, core strengthening. A yoga or pilates class maybe?

Good point.

My 2010 Allez might be better to start with. It was the last year before they moved to Tarmac geometry.

Thanks.

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SammyG [274 posts] 3 years ago
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Just pretend you've taken a long winter break and its the off season, so just get into base miles, zone 1 and 2. Easy slow miles for 2 months to build up base fitness! Then get back on harder efforts.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Given the ok as expected and today was the big day, make that small day!

Anyway, I'm devastated but had to share my agony with you.

The wife and kids joined in my pootle round the block (I took the mtb in the end)

Literally after about 100 metres the pain started.

So here I am doing the heat / ice thing again.

Gutted.

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notfastenough [3685 posts] 3 years ago
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Gutted for you SD. That's a serious bummer.

So what is actually the problem, and what has been done about it?

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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I've been bouncing between Dr, hospital, physio and now osteopath for months.

It's a groin and hip issue. Both muscle and bone causing problems.

Reason? Now that is the one they all seem to fail at finding.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh, that's awful. Really feel for you. Hope you can find a good specialist and get to the bottom of it.

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badkneestom [135 posts] 3 years ago
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You could always go hard, rip apart the tweaked area.. I'm sure they'll notice if something's entirely detached! Sorry to hear it though, good luck!

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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badkneestom wrote:

You could always go hard, rip apart the tweaked area.. I'm sure they'll notice if something's entirely detached! Sorry to hear it though, good luck!

Believe me I have thought about it!

My last Dr's appt left me feeling positive, hopeful and with more movement than for months.

Saw the Osteopath (Dr's recommendation) and they said both joint/bone issue - hip out of place a few mm BUT also serious inflamation of the main abductor to the point where it 'pinged' out loud when I moved. No-one seems to know which went first. Had lots of work down in that whole area and it is still (that was Fri) so tender and sore.

I am truly gutted by this. I feel that cycling is being taken away from me. I lost a few years from cycling when I got hit by a car years ago. My return came with my kids wanting to ride bikes. It is given me a hobby back, helped me through dark and sad times, kept my sanity, etc.

Sorry if this sounds quite dark and depressing for a monday morning but I am so down today :s

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SammyG [274 posts] 3 years ago
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Go private

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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Osteopath is.

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Pisiform [47 posts] 3 years ago
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Trust me, private treatment doesnt guarantee anything better and often results in unnecessary investigation and treatment as justificatiion for the cost.

Groin pain is often difficult to diagnose and impossible on an internet forum. I dont know who you've seen or how confident the diagnosis is but if you're failing to progress I would strongly recommend a referral to a specialist in sports medicine with experience in groin/hip disease. There are consultants in Sports and Exercise medicine as well as Musculoskeletal clinics in nearly all areas of the the country.

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Super Domestique [1605 posts] 3 years ago
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The osteopath I am seeing has a main focus on sports injury.

Although mainly rugby and football.

My hip feels much better since the treatment, more movement and less pain but the nagging groin pain persists.