I explained what happened and what was feeling good and what was feeling bad, lots of manipulation and poking about on my ‘lump’ followed. Now all the swelling has gone you can actually get to the root of the issue. His opinion; a 2-3” tear in my vastus medialis that’s the inner (closer to the other leg) muscle that is part of the quadriceps.
So what's next, well, some gentle stretching to start to free it up, I can ride on the trainer, not on the road, with a consistent cadence; no hills, no sprints and then see where we are in two weeks. It could take another 6 weeks to heal completely, that takes me through to end of November so pretty much my season is over.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, clearly this is not that way that I wanted to end this year, but looking on the brightside this actually allows me to de-program my body of those slow slow miles. It does means that I can start with a cleanish slate in December/January and I’ll be able to re-program myself with the fast fast miles that I’ll need for next year.
Well at least I am not stuck doing just pushups!