Well it happened again. Woke up, tried to put on my sock while standing, shooting pain went through my back and dropped to my knees. This isn’t the first time I’ve had an acute back strain. Usually happens in the morning from some mundane activity like yawning or sneezing and takes about a week to heal. I’ve done PT, gotten a bike fit, stretch daily, and tried lots of things to deal with it.
Strength training seems to be both the cure and the cause of my acute back pain episodes. The day before I did Int Level 1B and a gym session with back/upper body strength exercises in the afternoon, and cadence builds that night. I can only conclude that my back was over stressed and I need to dial it back. To reduce the stress I’m thinking 1 easier strength session per week, no riding and strength on the same day, and avoid the very high and low cadence stuff.
I’m wondering if anyone has dealt with this and any suggestions would be much appreciated. I know there’s a lot of cadence focused workouts in Suf but I’m starting to wonder if they’re worth the risk for me. Would riding at 80rpm vs 60 be a good compromise? Thanks!