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Ischial bursitis – is RAGBRAI over for me?

I read your RAGBRAI training tips about building endurance. Unfortunately, my situation is more dire. I got a new bike this year (specialized roubaix) with a specialized power saddle (not a lot of padding). To make a long story short, I’ve been diagnosed with ischial bursitis. Doc says 2-3 weeks off the bike. Up until now, I’ve been riding 2-5 times per week, ranging 20-60 miles. I’ve been on my bike 25 times, for a total of over 38 hours of riding time and about 640 miles total distance. My question is, assuming the bursitis goes away in time to start the ride (3 weeks from tomorrow) is it realistic to expect that I can (should) do the ride. Looking for professional medical advice or first hand experience, please.

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kshadden, July 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm

I was diagnosed with the same thing last fall. The doctor gave me a steroid injection and suggested I lower my bike seat a bit. So far this year I have not had a problem. Get better man!


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