I'm usually quite injury free. If I push hard I might get a little stiff down there (oo-er) but with some gentle stretching (fnarr) I can work the knots out (wtf?).
However for the past 3-4 weeks I've been having trouble with my right calf muscle. I'm sure that I've torn it, not greatly but enough to know that it a) hurts and b) is taking time to heal. This leads to a curious situation I'm sure many of us recognise - the fact that we end up compensating with other muscle groups.
However my slight waddle appears to have put some rather unpleasant pressure on my groin and that went with spectacular fashion today when I was pushing a trolley at work. I found myself unable to lift my left leg and standing clutching the trolley for support, wincing in pain.
And you know its painful when you begin to hyperventilate!
I carried on at work. The job is physical but I could find a way to negotiate around the injury, and because of my years with a bad back I carry ibuprofen tablets in my locker. I took two and waited for them to kick in, and thankfully my workmate did the most heavy of lifting and pushing of trolleys.
When my shift finished I suddenly thought: am I going to be able to ride home? So used to riding as my main transport I didn't even think about the physical nature of the task in hand. I stood for a moment over the bike, "get it in that easy gear!" I said to myself, carefully lifted my leg over and simply pootled home.
The exercise actually seemed to ease the pain. There are three climbs, two steep and one a gentler and longer gradient. Remarkably I STILL got home relatively quickly and pain free. I decided to crash out for a couple of hours and sleep. Sleep seems to help repair the damage, even if its only temporary.