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cycling and softball... revisited(5 posts)

cycling and softball... revisitedfunknuggets
Sep 11, 2003 1:16 PM
Ok, ok, ok...

This is the update to a post the other day where several cyclists basically said softball and cycling didnt mix, talking about torn hammys, torn quads, torn cartiledge... ok. I didnt listen and played again last night... and guess what... torn groin.

I know I will hear the collective "I told you so", but just wanted to provide those who posted their warnings the obligatory "You were right".

MisJG and Tribike specifically....(nm)funknuggets
Sep 11, 2003 1:35 PM
i dont think the message was 'cycling and softball dont mix"Steve_0
Sep 12, 2003 4:48 AM
the message was "just because your in cycling shape, dont assume youre in softball shape".

I've been cycling and softballing together for 20 years. Never had an injury (insert sound of knuckles knocking simulated woodgrain here).
that was the message I got...funknuggets
Sep 12, 2003 6:28 AM
One of my cycling friends said that he tried it and got injured the first to games he played, another cyclist friend here at work that plays in the same league had the same aches and pains as I did. Then the two hopped on stating how they hurt themselves respectively.

So, I agree that your statement is correct.

Odd to think such finely tuned atheletes are relatively frail doing sports motions that our outside their trained muscle specificity.

Perhaps I was not clear. . .MisJG
Sep 12, 2003 11:21 AM
Maybe I shouldn't have been so 'anti-softball' in my other post. While I was in excellent shape for swimming/biking/running, I was in poor shape for softball. I pushed myself beyond my limits and got hurt. That would happen no matter what the sport, softball or otherwise. It is not safe to assume (as many people around me do) that since you are in shape to do one sport, you are in shape to do any sport! Here's wishing you a speedy recovery and hoping it's only a pull or strain. I was out for the season with my torn quads (it happened in August) and ran with pain in my right knee due to a muscle imbalance all last year. I tore my right quad, which then atrophied during the healing process and then pulled un-evenly on my knee when I ran. Cycling actually helped to even out this imbalance. The biggest mistake I made was trying to come back too fast. I pushed myself on a training run, trying to make the half-marathon about a month after my injury. Probably pushed my recovery back a month or two. (note to self, don't try to 'gut out' the last four miles of a ten mile run when you are in pain at mile five.) Sorry, I'm rambling again. . .

PS. The best part of the injury was when I first went to the hospital and the Doctor asked me to flex my quads. His eyes widened and he said (pointing at the quad muscle by the knee), "That is a tremendous Vastus Medialis". Wow. A Doctor just called the muscle in my leg "Tremendous". Gotta feel good about that. Then I left on crutches.