Hi to all,
I started my "real" workout last week outside. I might have overworked my right knee because I felt some pain. Here are some details. During the winter, I did a lot of weight training - focusing on the legs with squats/leg extension/leg curls/... I also played a LOT of hockey - I'd say about 3-4 times a week for 1 to 3 hours - and rode my bike on the trainer in late january and february about 2-3 times a week for 45 minutes, doing some muscular endurance intervals : 3x8minutes with 2 minutes rest intervals. I felt really great and strong and I couldn't wait to take it outside.
With spring arriving, I started riding outside tuesday afternoon of last week with a 55km ride in the cold (-5 C) with a friend of mine, basically keeping a steady pace and not forcing too much. I felt tired at after the ride as I hadn't ridden for such a long time since november but felt great. I went on the next day for an other 55km ride, this time pushing it a little more, no intervals but riding a big gear in the wind and on steep and short uphills. I felt a little more tired than the day before, but no problems so far.
Then on thursday, I rode the trainer...I felt like doing my weekly 3x8 minutes intervals again, but after the second rest interval and as I began the 3rd interval I felt a really precise pain in the right knee that disapeared a couple of minutes after my exercice. I figured it was normal since I had been riding for 3 days in a row for almost 5 hours. So on friday, I took a day of the bike and lifted some light weight for 1 serie of squats. didn't feel any pain or anything and I had already forgotten about my knee. So on saturday, I went on the same 55km ride and started feeling bether (I was starting to get more cardio and muscular endurance).
Sooooo, on sunday, I felt invincible! I went for that same 55km ride again, but started feeling the same darn pain in my right knee again after some 15km... I kept on going an the pain went away for a while, so I rode on the big ring in the wind, pushing big gears even on the short uphills...after 45kms the pain had come back but this time for real. It would go away. I slowly came back home and decided to rest for a day...
On monday, I woke up, but the pain hadn't gone away! I felt it almost all the time when I was sitting, whether my leg was straight or not, walking on the flat or upstairs but esp. downstairs. the day after, the pain was almost gone, so I tested the knee on the bike just for a 6km ride, easy spinning, and felt just a little pain. Today, I went for a 30 min. bike as easy as yesterday and the knee seems to respond well. I just felt a tiny pinch, really nothing serious or uncomfortable. I felt the same thing going upstairs or downstairs. I know the fatigue sets in faster than the week before though.
The pain occured in the front of the knee, just under the patella but not directly under it, let's say on the inner side. I searched a bit on the web and read some horror stories of tendinitis or mechandolacia or wathever that thing is called...I don't think I have anything like that as the pain seems to go away, but I'm still concerned about it. I figure it's probably due to the intensity and the volume of training I did last week. I rode last year for the first time seriously, managed to ride more than 4 000kms and never felt any pain. I'm 21y-o, 150 lbs.
My main question is, how long do I have to wait before riding some long rides again (2+hrs), and when will I be able to start training with big gears and doing intervals? any of you ever were in my situation? Sorry if my post was so long, but I wanted to give you guys as much info as I could. Just so you know, I had my bike fit last year and feel really comfortable on it. I don't think it's a fit issue. I am considering consulting a doctor for this, but I am also hopping to get some personnal experience from riders who know about this or have been in a similar situation.