Anyhow, I was starting to live with minor discomfort when I got off the bike, or stayed on it for more than 2 hours or so. Anything under that was pretty much fine. Then I did Pedalfest where I was on my bike for 6 hours. My longest previous ride had been 3 hours or so. Big mistake. I knew about 4-5 hours in that my shoulders weren't happy, and mainly my right side. I finished the race, took some ibuprofen, and have been applying Bengay. I stayed off my bike completely because of this pain all of last week and it started to feel better. I did some swimming and was fine, and it was just a little sore, so I didn't think anything of it.
Then I had my Oly distance tri Saturday. That hour and half on the saddle for the bike portion did me in. I finished fine, but my shoulder really hurt on the bike, and I was so glad to get off because of it. It bothered me some during the run with the motion of swinging my arms back and forth the way you do when you run. After the race and since then, it has felt like a pinching feeling at times, a burning feeling at other times, or just a dull throbbing pain at others. All in the same spot on my right shoulder. After looking at a diagram of the muscles in that part of the body, I am pretty sure you could say it is my rhomboid muscle there that is completely ticked at me, and it sucks!
At this point it hurts to carry my purse, lift things, or really do much at all with that arm. I am unsure what to do about it. Most of the time when you are injured, the doctor simply tells you the typical rest, ice, compression, elevation stuff. But I have been doing that for a week and no improvement! Luckily, I don't have anything for a few weeks, other than a mud run, so I am going to focus on running at this point. Well, considering my splits from all of my races, this could be a blessing in disguise!
In the meantime...
Happy Training all!