So I have been sick lately. Just a bad cold with a sore throat. I hadn't been able to ride at all even though the weather is great here in Florda. It had been killing me. While I was sick, I got this idea that I wanted to be able to ride a metric century. Partly for fun and partly to get ready to tour. I looked up the mileage and planned a route. When I got better I decided to put in some miles. Well, I got all the way out my 31 miles with a light tail wind. As I approached the turn around point the wind picked up. When I had left flags were only partly standing, now they were full standing. I had about a 13 to 15 mph head wind to battle back. It took FOUR hours. Along the way I developed some knee problems and cramps that I had to battle through. I ended up doing a little walking too, idiotically denying a ride from a cute girl who thought I had a flat. Anyway I made it home safe and ultimately was proud of myself for not quitting when I seriously considered it a few times.
Anyone else do this sort of thing? Before this I never had trouble with my knee. Yesterday I went for a 10 mi spin and started with the same pain about 5 miles in. Ive been keeping my rpm low but i don't think it has strengthened yet. It has only been a few days since the long journey (three). The pain has been coming from the right knee from around the patella, on the down stroke. Any suggestions for working my way up to this comfy 62 mile goal?