Have you ever been making progress towards goals and you get hit with an unexpected roadblock? If you follow my blogs at all, you know that I was having some exciting gains in my bike fitness postpartum. I had recently reached my highest power, 3.3watts/kg, and was very motivated to continue gaining in fitness. The sky was the limit! From April to August of this year, I was consistent with riding about 3 rides a week and felt fast and strong. I credit my gains to using TrainerRoad workouts, consistency and being highly motivated to see how far I can go with bike fitness gains. I have a strong inner desire to be a fierce competitor in triathlon and after having spent the last 4 years pregnant off and on, I am ready to focus on rebuilding.
Well, my consistency came to a screeching halt in August. I started having saddle soars, one right after another. I have no idea why or what caused this to occur, but for the last month and a half, my consistency fell apart and I couldn’t even sit on my bike without a ton of pain. I never could have guessed I was going to get hit with such a roadblock. When I have had saddle soars in the past, I could ride through them and it wasn’t a big deal. Not this time.
Fast forward a month and a half, I am happy to say that I was able to get back on the saddle this week and plan to continue sharing my FTP journey with you. An FTP test will be coming soon and I will share the results with you. While the last month and a half was frustrating, I had to make the choice as to how I was going to respond. Was I going to just become depressed and give up or turn my focus to something else? I chose to start running with my boys in the double stroller. That has been a new, fun challenge for sure that I plan to continue! As for the bike, here’s to getting back in the saddle and being excited to see what is to come. How far I can climb up the FTP ladder is my journey ahead and I look forward to sharing it with you. Hopefully this can inspire you to get back “in the saddle” to pursue your dreams and goals. Don’t let life’s roadblocks stop you from reaching for the stars in your life.