So this past week was comprised of one ride and two workouts (plus regionals, but I just froze my buns off for four hours). As expected, left to right balance was an issue, but, while riding, it was resolved well through the hip exercises. I have decided to also work on the no stirrup work at the sitting trot to help me find my center and relax my thigh/knee area. I still feel unbalanced when I do the workouts, especially with the side crunches and anything involving upper body strength (flyers, for example). That'll probably be fixed minutely through the hip stretches but also through general yoga or something like that.
I also looked into that issue of shin pain that's mentioned in the "Weekly Review" section. Turns out there isn't a lot of info on it; most people talked about shin splints in relation to riding, and, after checking the symptoms, I definitely don't have shin splints. The answers I found were mostly on forums, but they did conclude that it comes down to that darnded leg stiffness. I've always had occasional shin pain, and just sort of brushed it off. It's looking like the no stirrup work plus hip stretches will be the cure for this as well.
In short, just gotta keep doing what I'm doing, and wait for the results.
|When you don't wanna do hip stretches but you gotta|