Just finished around a 45 mile ride- my longest- after being off the Coker 4 a year.
Mid way through, while letting blood return to MY saddle, a truck pulled up, the driver said Hi, and introduced himself as Corky Coker, owner of the Coker Tyre Company, who, as it happens, lives in my vally.
The ride included a 1600 foot ascent up the tip of Lookout Mountain and ended with a crushing 1400’ descent at Birkhaulter Gap. My legs are jelly.
Speeking-o-my-legs: In Febuary of this year I crashed my hang glider into a cliff; was a couple of weeks before I could walk, painfully, with assistance, over 2 months before I could get up off the ground without climbing something. The outside tendon on my left knee rolled up like a window shade, severed.
I was aggressive with rehabilitation; at first, a morning walk would leave me unable to walk and in pain for a day or more. Slowly, very slowly, I introduced more and more activity, including regular weight training. I upped my protien intake to 2 grams per killogram of body weight a day and began taking glucosamine-chondroitin to help with soft tissue recovery. I began counting calories, and brought my body fat down to 6-7% from 28%, and weight from 175-180 to 153.
I never expected to have full use of my leg again- let alone excell. I attributed mutch of this not only to diet, but to pushing my body to do anything that didn’t cause it to be out of service for more than a couple days- regardless of discomfort. Though pain was still a usefull indicator for when to back off, sometimes EVERYTHING was painfull.
Anyway, if you’re been beat down, it’s hard, but you can come back.