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Old 04-30-08, 08:47 AM   #1
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Well...THAT was a bad idea!

Went to the gym with my wife last Sunday (we had to drop my daughter off at church, so we went to the gym near there).

Sue (my wife), who has been trying to get some endurance built up so she can go on longer bike rides with me, suggested we use the stationary bikes. This gym has seen its better days, and the stationary bikes are fairly old and were somehow built in such a way that they couldn't be adjusted well. After 30 minutes (I normally go for at least an hour) I'd had enough and we moved on to the rowing machines...finished up and went home.

My ride into work went well, making very good time.
The ride home however...was much less than ok. My Right knee started popping with every pedal stroke (no matter the gear I was in) and I geared down low & made it home pedaling one legged.
I found later that the knee feels fine as long as I'm walking...but cycling, though possible, wasn't comfortable and standing from a sitting position was a complex series of maneuvers.

Now I'm riding again...and as long as I stay in the lower gears and keep the pressure off the knee I can still get back and forth to work. The bad new is that I've had to cancel the 40 mile ride I'd been looking forward to doing.

Hopefully, the knee (with careful riding and rest) will recover so I can push the training again.

Blargh!

The moral of the story is if gym equipment doesn't adjust to EXACTLY to the position you need...don't endure slight niggling discomfort...avoid it like the plague. (steps off the soap box)
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Old 04-30-08, 10:31 AM   #2
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Sounds like you have a bit of an injury. Ice it down if it swells and at the moment, pain is NOT your friend. Give the knee recovery time or you may make it worse.
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Old 04-30-08, 10:43 AM   #3
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I recently had a similar issue in my right knee. I kept thinking it had something to do with my bike setup but in the end it was basically over-use. I suggest going easy on it for a couple of weeks.
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unfortunately the bike is my only transport (sans walking) until my wife's car is out of the garage.
The problem seems to be getting better each day as long as I stay at a leisurely pace in lower gears.
The good thing is that I'm not sweaty when I get to work when I ride below 10mph.

Already had the ACL replaced on that knee 3 years ago....not I'm not in the mood for any more surgery anytime soon....so I'll be taking it easy and sanely until things are back to normal.
Then it's back to the need for speed!
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