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Old 08-03-2022, 04:11 PM
mcallen mcallen is offline
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Getting back to riding after an injury...when to fit?

I haven't ridden for a year, but I'm gradually starting to ride again. I'd like to get a bike fit. I'm wondering if I should get a fit asap, or spend some time gradually getting back on the bike and getting a bit more flexible before I get fit. Anyone been through a similar experience?

Backstory: I injured my low back last year (herniated disc, L5-S1), which got pretty nasty last summer and fall. After several unsuccessful rounds of conservative treatment, I had surgery in November. Surgery helped, and I've been dedicated to recovery and lifestyle changes (daily core work, lots of walking, spinal hygiene, standing desk, etc.).

What I haven't been doing is riding or flexibility work. I was doing a lot of volume and yoga last year, which I think contributed to my injury. So I'm stronger in my core than ever, but less flexible. I'm assuming I'll gradually get a bit more limber with more time on the back.

In a perfect world, maybe I'd get fit/refit periodically for the next year as a continue to work toward more volume.

My goal this year for cycling is simply to get back to riding...some commuting, some easy group rides. No training or big volume this year. I've healed slowly, but had no setbacks since surgery, and I'd like to continue this way.
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