So I'm trying to resuscitate my cycling "life" this year... my goal is to average 300+ miles a month and see if I can top my previous yearly high of 2970 miles. So far so good, I'm at about 520 miles for the year (Jan was a bit slow) so I think I can catch up fairly easily.
Anyway, I went for a nice hilly ride Saturday AM and later in the afternoon I was volunteering at my daughter's school yesterday building some sets for the school play and all of a sudden WHAM, I crumpled to the floor. I spent the rest of the day limping pretty badly on my left knee, which has NEVER given me problems (I have had a life's worth of problems with my right knee). I had left ankle surgery last summer and my wife had total hip replacement in August so I was really looking forward to a year of no medical issues (ha!).
I went for an easy family ride this morning with my wife and son and my knee was definitely twinging for the first couple hills but settled down... and by the end of our 10 mile ride I forgot about it. I hit the gas hard on the home stretch, a 1/3 mile hill leading up to my drive way at about 7% average and somehow managed to even best my PR for that stretch... and no knee pain at all. So I'm pretty excited about that, not to mention beating my skinny son up a hill.