Now that I am back into the swing of things with my training, I am discovering one nasty little side effect of it all - muscle soreness.
Last night my ride to the chiropractor was HARD. It is actually 17kms, and I had 50 mins to make the trip (which includes around 10-12 sets of traffic lights), which is a fast speed for me. What I hadn't factored in to the equation was the strong head winds coming off the ocean. OMG I thought I was going to die. I couldn't miss my appointment as my hip has been playing up causing pain in my left leg, so I just had to suck it up.
By the time I got there (about 3 minutes late, not too bad) I was completely buggered. The good thing was that my muscles were so warm that Mark was able to do my adjustments quite easily and I do feel a lot better for it.
But by the time I got home the muscle soreness was seeping in. My legs were already a little sore from Monday nights walk/run and the hard ride just added to that. I actually had trouble sleeping last night from the stiffness in my legs. They are a little easier this morning, but still quite stiff.
I am hoping that this is just because I am starting the training and the soreness will eventually become a thing of the past. If not, I will need to find a way to deal with it. I have a walk/run tonight that I will be doing no matter what. Maybe I will have a hot bath after to try and get some of the stiffness out of them.
Does anyone have any good tips for dealing with or reducing muscle soreness? I would love to hear them.