I did, indeed, feel much better on Tuesday night. The relief of having ease of movement was immense.
On Wednesday, Piet and I rode the Prologue route with Jeroen Hirdes, who had arrived from Amsterdam that morning to start his acclimatisation for Cape Epic. I stopped a few times to stretch my lower back, which was a concern.
I had a follow up appointment with Rob on Friday afternoon, by which point I had major doubts about even getting to the start line. Any movement was seriously uncomfortable.
He needled many muscles in my right leg, all the way up to the glute area, after which I had another massage. By the evening, I wasn’t feeling much better. Depression grew, almost to the point of tears at the thought that the hundreds of hours of preparation and training were about to be flushed down the tubes (metaphorically, of course, because there’s no water to flush anything in Cape Town at the moment).
I’m feeling less discomfort today (Sunday). I’m seeing Rob again tomorrow, and am confident that I am finally on the road to recovery.
The final five weeks of my Cape Epic preparation are feeling quite disjointed in comparison with the tempo of the months that led up to Tankwa Trek. The two weeks immediately after Tankwa involved a few easy recovery rides, along with additional rest days. With me carrying this injury, the past two weeks have also involved less volume or intensity than programmed. The final week before Epic will be easy, so I’m certainly not going into the event overdone. If anything, I’m going to be slightly below peak, which is better than the alternative.