I've been riding seriously (100 miles+ a week) for a year now. I've been out of action for a month with an injury I picked up on a long, cold and wet descent in Mallorca. What started on the last ride of the week (100 miler) as a niggle turned out to be tendonitis. I built up my miles in the weeks before the trip (150, 200 then 250), and was rigorous with stretching before and after every ride. I wasn't planning on riding so much there but ended up doing 390 miles by the end of the week, classic overuse really.
I've seen a sports physio twice, which was beneficial but not so much that I feel it's worth paying any more as I'm quite poor at the moment. I think it just needs time. How much time is what I'm struggling with though.
I've been following the physio's advice; icing it, regular quad stretches every day and completely avoiding getting on a bike. The physio advised me to try very short, flat rides once the pain had subsided. I gave that a go at the weekend but after about 2 miles the pain started to come back. Today it's not painful per se, but I can definitely feel the sensations of slight pain again.
I'm trying not to get bummed about about it, but I can't stop thinking that this is going to ruin my summer in terms of riding.
Just wondered if anyone else has had the injury and how long the rehab took them?
Should I ignore the sensations and keep doing short rides? Or am I exacerbating the injury by riding when I can feel the niggle?