Being ill is never enjoyable. I’ll spare you the gory details but I haven’t been in a fit enough state to cycle for the past week. Once you gain some sort of perspective on things and remind your pitiful self that you’ll be happily cycling as soon as the illness passes and that your general fitness levels won’t actually suffer from a week off, then it’s hopefully possible to focus on recovery and just enjoy some often needed rest from the bike.
While this past week has been a pain, I’m pleased to note that the niggling pain in my shoulder has subsided. Maybe all it needed was a week’s rest from cycling? In most fitness programmes they usually advocate one week’s rest every 8 – 12 weeks. But I wonder how many cyclists force themselves to rest for a whole week, especially outside of the Winter months. Needless to say I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike next week.