Last month I had upped the load I was using in weight training. I was on a second set of chest curls when I felt the twinge. My left elbow has since been achey since, but no more than anything else. I didn’t have any serious problems until I rode the 7 Hills of Kirkland. The next morning, my arm hurt a lot, but that gradually subsided as the week went on.
This morning, I did a quick 18-mile loop up Tiger Mountain Road, to test my new tires before Saturday’s Tour de Blast. Everything felt great, except the elbow was hurting at the end of the ride.
It’s officially Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as Tennis Elbow. The doctor recommended an arm band, and said I could get a cortisone shot if it gets worse.
This sucks. I’ve got Blast on Saturday, Flying Wheels next week, STP in July, and RSVP in August. I would prefer to ride this time of year. It seems wimpy to stop because my arm hurts. I’ll know more this weekend.
I’ll try fiddling with the seat angle again to shift some weight off my hands. Claire Peterksy also suggested stomach crunches, padded gloves, or a brace like an Aircast tennis elbow brace.