David Suro said:
I am a chiropractor who takes care of many competitive cyclists. Any time there is a musculoskeletal issue, I recommend taking it easy on the bike for a couple of days, or completely putting a halt to the training for a couple of days.
Without being able to perform an evaluation in person, I do not feel comfortable giving you specific advice regarding your riding. I can say that ignoring it and trying to push through discomfort is not a wise decision without first going to see a specialist and being cleared for the activity.
Do you have a chiro or P.T. in your area that you are comfortable with?
ummm, no... I haven't been to a doctor in years, despite my wifes nagging....
I respect your reservation on giving advice, which is perfectly sensible. You know, this morning I was quite worried, and scared even; I am used to some slight pain after some rides but it goes away within a day or so, this was different in how when I went to bed Friday night everything was fine and then seems to have gotten worse, while I was expecting it to get better. I was planning on doing a double century one day this weekend, but I can put it off and go easy until things get better or go see a doctor if it doesn't.
Initially, I was hoping this was a muscle cramp, and that there was a specific stretch that I could do that would cure this- but that not being the case I am relieved at least that there is no specific point on my leg that will cause sharp pain, no sign of bruising, swelling or unusual musclature shape- I can take this as a fair warning and not ramp things back up too soon.
Being able to google "rectus femoris" has given me plenty of good leads on the subject matter that I could observe how it applies to my symptoms and allay my fears.
Thank you again most sincerely for your time and consideration.