Since my last report about banging my knee while MTB riding last week, things had started to look a little grim. I was so attractive during today's ride
I started getting some swelling in my knee over the weekend and it was getting kind of painful to walk. I was walking with a definite limp and could feel things moving around in there at times. I decided to hold off on riding for a few days so as not to aggravate the knee. I was wondering whether I should skip today's weekly ride with the club.
I decided to go ahead and ride today as it was set up to start in a large school complex parking lot to allow some new riders a chance to do some easy riding without traffic. If the knee bothered me, I could stick to the slow stuff or quit whenever I wanted. As the day went on I was feeling better walking than I had since the fall. I decided I would join a few club members who were riding a few miles from downtown to the school complex. That went well and the easy riding around the parking lots was going well. I felt no pain at all in the knee while riding.
So I tried gently riding up a few little hills within the school complex. Again, no pain at all. So I decided to give it the acid test and hit some real hills. We had enough riders to split into an easy group for the beginners and a second group to do some hill work on a couple of tough ones nearby.
Happy to say the knee was pain free while riding the two 1.5 mile hills. All in all I rode 22 miles including some hard climbing and some hammering on flatter stretches.
I'm going to stick with my decision to sit out the extremely hilly MTB race at Fort Mountain this weekend, but I'm very relieved that I am now able to ride hard without the knee complaining.