In this post I briefly mentioned it felt like I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder. The pain began on Monday evening but I still got in a recovery spin. It really hurt on Tuesday so I took the day totally off. After an evening massage, it felt better but not great.
Wednesday rolled around and I had more mobility and went for a ride. Thursday felt a bit worse but I had a pain-free run. I also went to see a physiotherapist.
He thinks it’s my Supraspinatus. We think the cause it really inflexible shoulders and poor mobility/flexibility in my thoracic area. I get a lot of tension build up on my left side, so much so that if you look at me standing my left clavicle sits way higher than my right.
The irony is that I just talked about my swim and how I’m not concerned about it. The superstitious part of me felt guilty writing it, like I should have knocked on wood or put a caveat in there!
I’ve taken a week off swimming so far and won’t go again until I have no pain. I debated going and just kicking, but I get shooting pain when my arms are straight out so there goes that!
I was supposed to bike today but it hurts a lot when I put pressure on that side. Instead I did some squats and core work, along with my new physio exercises to help this out.
I’m trying not to freak and let my mind wander about my training. Hopefully I’ll be able to get in a long bike this weekend. If it hurts though, I won’t do it. I’d rather get to the start line healthy and a bit less prepared than I hoped than in pain.
In the meantime I’m trying to focus on the positive. I have a four-day weekend, I’m going to visit a friend and her new baby today, my girlfriend that moved to Australia is coming for a visit and I haven’t seen her in two years, and there are some great Olympic events on tap for the weekend.
What are your plans for the weekend? What’s the Olympic event you’re most looking forward to over the next few days? Any advice for a hurt supraspinatus?!