a few years ago, I remember the day, after one long ride, I got home, depressed.
told wifey that this feels like it's the end of the line for me. the end of everything i feel brings fulfillment to my life.
i had my first post-ride backache.
i don't remember where the ride was from, or how that happened (probably bad posture caused by having a tent or something between us on the seat), but i do remember how i felt: a bad back was the end of riding the way i love. throw everything on, hop on, and ride off, just taking care of sleep and hydration until i arrived at my destination.
I didn't want to be one of those guys who only rides solo, or needs a backup vehicle, or takes his motorcycle out twice a year and takes a day off work after i'm back to recover. to me, that would have been the end of all things fun.
luckily for me, shruti convinced me i was overreacting, and that it was a one-off, and i believed her.
she also suggested core-strengthening exercises, but i didn't quite bother with those. anyway.
the last few weeks have brought the same thoughts back to me.
vicki has been out of action for the last few weeks (over a month, actually!).
and right after that, I have been put out of action myself.
it started with a strange ache in my right shoulder, extending down the shoulder blade. just the right side.
a few days of being attentive to my posture while working from home helped greatly, and I recovered after about a week. which was a lot longer than it's taken me to recover from any ache so far!
two good weeks later, I woke up with an extremely bad neck. so bad, that I literally couldn't get out of bed till 4pm, and even then I was in such intense pain I had to be helped out.
I literally couldn't move.
I tried everything from stretching, moving my head as much as I could (which wasn't much), etc. Since it happened while I was asleep, I assumed it was something with my sleeping posture. Shruti insisted it was due to bad posture while working.
The next day, I was a little more careful about how I slept, but there was barely any improvement. I did manage to get out of bed and get a whole day's work done though. Also hit the gym for an "upper body" day, which helped things somewhat.
It's been two weeks now, and it's a constant battle of sleeping extremely carefully (even the slightest bad move results in excruciating pain an hour later) - the complete opposite of my entire life so far.
Even when I'm sitting at the PC, if I'm in one spot for an hour, or have a cushion in the wrong spot - literally anything less than perfect - I'm in pain again.
I don't know if it's just an injury that will take a while to recover from, or if I'm going to have to make a permanent lifestyle change.
Either way, it is a very depressing thought.
I just hope I'm overreacting, like I was a few years ago.