I've only now been racing for about 13 months. About 8 months I started having problems with my knees. 5 months ago we discovered it was basically because my flexibility is/was crap - I'd been doing little or no stretching, causing all kinds of problems.
Over time I've started working on this, and it's getting better, but I'm now at that point where I can't build any more muscle until they'll stretch properly. And I can't really do much more through stretching until 25 years worth of knots in my legs are gone - in 25 years they've never been touched by a masseuse or physio. Currently I have a dead zone in the downstroke from my left leg, as there's this knot that feels like it's half the size of my thigh - as part of training/improving, it's just something that was going to have to be looked at.
So this morning I was in for acupuncture and a massage, having been made well aware how much this will kill the first (few) times trying to get these knots out. In that it was discovered my hip and left leg were out of whack, so a lot of work was done on my spine and left calf. That wasn't so bad. Slightly painful, but completely perfectly bearable. You could seriously feel them all the way down my left calf though, and it had the physio surprised how badly knotted it was.
But then it came to having to work on my right thigh - holy crap! A pain so incredibly agonizing it was decided (though not by me) that we'd leave it there and try a bit more on that next time. (I managed to dig a fingernail into the palm of my hand from the clenched fist, oops).
Anyway, now that I've probably described myself to be the biggest girl on the planet, I do have a realistic question: Is it normal for it to be that bad/painful, trying to get into muscles and work knots out? I assume if this is something that's done on a regular basis, it's nowhere near as bad?
Or am I quite literally just a big girl? :P
The plan is to not ignore this kind of stuff if possible, and get it kept in check if necessary.
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