That’s not me, but that’s what I’m going through right now. As you may remember, almost two weeks ago I hurt my back at the beginning of a race. Things haven’t gotten any better. In fact, at one point during this week I was much, much worse.
I’ve been stretching, applying heat/ice, and generally trying to take it easy, but to no avail. I’ve even cut back on the riding a bit too. It’s not even halfway through the season and I’m all tore up like a trailer park after a tornado.
This weekend though, it’s time for me to get back to racing. Even though I’m not really in any kind of condition to race, I can’t really miss this one. I mean, it’s pretty much in my backyard.
Up next is the 2012 Catawba Riverfront Classic here in Charlotte, and I pretty much have to go. It’s a huge fundraiser for our local club, the Tarheel Trailblazers. Also, this is the race I won back in 2009. I haven’t even been on the podium there since, and with my current bout with back pain I’m not sure if I will this year either.
It’s a pretty fun race, and probably the best course in the whole Southern Classic Series. The mileage is much less than the other races in the series, so if I can stand the pain I plan to hammer all the way from start to finish. I’ve ridden there quite a bit over the last few months on my single speed, so a ride there with my geared bike should be a lot of fun if I survive.
I'm working on getting my back right though. Drinking beer to keep the pain away doesn't help when I’m at work, and I can’t ride “race speed” when I drink on the bike.
I really should start taking better care of myself.
It sucks getting old.