This year I have been struggling to ride further than I have ever before. I had a target of 9000km, but was up to 31km a day needed as of last week when one of my gear cables snapped. I spent a frustrating weekend fishing around inside a muddy frame [first time I've had to replace internal cables/how does the mud get in there?] and still need to index my gears. I am just riding to work and back in fixie mode, no extra mileage. I just need to go to work to reach last years total of 8500km~ish.
Sad though I am not to meet my rather arbitrary target (one that many of you probably bust out on a Sunday morning before walnut cake,) it might be a blessing in disguise. I was planning having a go at 10,000km next year which means no slacking in January. However since this summer I have been suffering with tendonitis in my left Achilles tendon. It has quite a lump I can feel on it and can get sore on longer rides. I did a 100km in September where it was quite painful.
I tried doing some stretches, but this made it worse.
I could see a doctor about it (assuming it is not ankle cancer) but what exactly could they say or do about it? "Why do you need to cycle so much?" might be one question. "Rest it." She is hardly going to get me an operation. I am not a pro athlete who gets his tendons regularly rinsed out with a power hose. I haven't changed my shoes or set up, it is just something that set in over the course of a few months.
Just to be clear, the pain is a niggling annoyance some of the time. But it is not going away and I don't want it to get any worse. Does anyone else have any chronic issues like this and how do you cope whilst 'still going.'
Long time lurker here, hope you fellas can give some good advice.