It has been a month and a half since I started to feel a pinching pain in my neck and upper back area. I got on with treatment right away due to a past experience with that region. It was definitely something I did not want to go through again.
Thankfully, things have not been as bad as three years ago, although, I still went through weeks of discomfort. The past 8 to 10 days have been much more manageable with Physio and Chiro helping a lot to keep the region loose and mobile but the iinflammation around the joint/nerve has to settle down on it's own terms. The end seems closer but there is still mild pain to deal with so I am trying to keep any unneeded pressure away from the area.
With the mild temperatures now hitting the GTA, this is going to be very tough to continue as the outdoor cycling season should begin soon. Slumping over the roadie bars is not the best position to be stuck in for an extended period of time with this injury and aero is strictly out of the question. I really hope major progress is made ASAP as I need to get used to that position in a hurry or I will be entering the season at a huge disadvantage.
Other than that, training has been decent but obviously I have not been able to keep up the pace that I was hitting before the start of February. My upper body strength is fading after a lot of work Tyler and I put in during the winter. That is disappointing as I had enjoyed the circuit training sessions he had us moving through. Hopefully, everything will settle down and I will get my core and upper body ready for the big races in the middle of the summer. It sure helps to have those muscles on your side when you are pushing the limits in the triathlon or duathlon.
As it stands, I have been reluctant to sign up for any duathlon races. The sites have now opened their Online Registration (Subaru and MSC) but I don't want to pay out the fee for races, just in case. I would really hate to miss Victoria's this season so I am crossing my fingers for full relief before mid-April so that I can confidently prepare for the season opener. If not, I guess I will have to take it day to day and hope I can get enough races in before the Ontario Du's to be up to speed with the rest of the field.