Photo: BCSMAs you plan your approach to the coming season, no doubt you’ve thrown the book at your quest to train better (and smarter) and race faster.
You’ve figured out how to more effectively periodize your training, you’ve vowed to train your sprint (and even determined when and how you’ll do it), maybe you’ve even picked up a Sufferfest DVD to get you through the winter.
But what about that twinge in your knee, or that ache you feel in your lower back as you scale nine-percent climbs, or that soreness in your Achilles tendon after Sunday’s “epic” ride? Left unchecked in January, any one of these seemingly small trouble signs can creep up on you in March to end the season you’ve worked so hard to make your own.
You can’t prevent some injuries, such as those suffered in a crash, but you can take steps to help your body handle all of those early training miles, making it less prone to on-the-bike injuries later in the year.
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