You all have arthritis, right? Who doesn't? If you ever had a sport injury and you're over 30, you have it someplace. I have it in my right knee. Two operations, the big one an ACL reconstruction in 1989 @ age 31. Now I'm 51, and my knee is getting cranky. So last year my orthopod gave me a series of pricey but very effective Synvisc shots (think super-cortisone). That was February 08. My knee was great until September, then it started getting stiff, slightly swollen. He prescribes Meloxicam, a drug like Ibuprofen, but prescription. That turns out to be a miracle drug. My knee gets cranky, I pop a pill like once a week, and it's fine again. Then by January this year I'm taking that drug daily. My knee is responding, but it's crankier.
But here's the interesting part. I've been lifting weights since November. I do squats with like 450 lbs. You would think this would stress my knee (little meniscus cartilage in the right knee). But no. My knee feels much BETTER after I do a heavy weight session. Go figure. I call my orthopod. He says the cycling is repetitive motion in the same spot, which can aggravate an arthritic knee. The weight lifting uses different motions and the exercise is good for it.
That's good, because it's motivation to persist with the lifting into the bike racing season. I have an appointment for more Synvisc shots March 2, but I will probably cancel it and try to hit the gym three days a week. That will be harder once my mileage ramps up, but I do like the way my knee feels.