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Sure enough, it was a non starter. I rode just a short distance along our road holding the handle bars as loosely as I could and it was still pretty uncomfortable. I tried reaching for the brake lever; that was really painful and I remain in no doubt I'm not ready to cycle. This is all very frustrating as I was determined to build up plenty of miles in preparation for some longer rides in the summer - I fancy taking part in some Audax events where stamina are more important than outright speed.
Now I find myself somewhat resigned to not cycling for a while. I can see I have to rest the hand and allow it to heal; if I do too much I risk causing some long term problems. However, knowing that healing has been taking place, I reckon I could run - and so I did this morning, just for about 15 minutes at daybreak. Although not long enough to experience or enjoy the "runners high", it did still feel good.
So, with the worst of the weather hopefully behind us and the lengthening daylight, things are looking up for some running. Looking on the bright side, running is still something I enjoy and it does wonders in terms of keeping fit.
All being well I'll go for a run tomorrow morning before I go off to work. Afterall, its half term. The girls tend to have a sluggish routine in the mornings and I find the roads have much lighter traffic so I might go a little further tomorrow - it won't take long for me to be enjoying those 7 mile / 55 minute runs again.