here's what happened: last saturday there was (for the first time in years, and for the first time since I got into boarding last year) enough snow here so I took out my board. There's no real slope in the neighbourhood, but enough to have fun after buildinf two jumps. Basically I spent about 4 hours doing roughly the same sequence over and over again: walk uphill, strap bindings, ride down, do a flatground 180, again 180 in opposite direction, take a carve, head for little jump, do a grab, small carve, head for next jump, do a grab or 180, stop. Might sound boring, but for someone that has never done a grab nor 180 over a jump this day was totally awesome. When back at home I did the usual stretching exercises. Sunday I woke up and for some reason there was just one muscle that was really sore. I couldn't figure out the name by looking at anatomical pictures of the leg, so I just took a pic and marked the exact position. Sorry for the hairiness
It mainly hurts like hell when lifting my leg, for example to walk up stairs or to keep it in the position as in the pic, or when pressing marked spot with my thumb. And it's only in that single muscle, at that specific place, left leg (front since I ride regular) only.
Weird thing is, sunday I went back to that slope and did the same as the day before, and I hardly felt anything, like I wasn't even using that muscle. Yet the day after the pain was even worse.
- what repeated movement can have caused caused that piece of muscle to be sore? Lifting my leg to get the boot in the binding (I alwasy do this standing up)? 180? Bending knees to bring board up for grab?
- what would be the best way to stretch this? Putting my leg on a table then bending towards my foot seems to stretch the bigger muscles surrounding that area only, not that specific one.
- in 3 weeks I'll be on a real mountain, first time ever. I would like to train that muscle to be somewhat stronger by that time in order not to be in terrible pain after the first day already ;P What exercise would be suitable? Just lifting the leg (well, that's what hurts so I guess it trains?)?