Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Windermere (Orlando), Florida
Bikes: 2003 LeMond Alpe d'Huez, 2000 Merlin Road Titanium (Carbon Fiber Front Fork)
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Yes - they believe the knee injury i suffered was because in HS i lifted too heavy with the Leg Curl or some similiar machine. Though it only affects my left knee. Basically, the interior muscle is weaker then the central and exterior muscle in my thigh, which pulls my knee-cap out of place so that it grinds on the cartilage and inflames the tendons and ligaments around it. Cycling was actually part of my rehab (and what got me into the sport). A lot of the pain factor was from the impact of running (i ran Track in HS) so running on Concrete or a hard track is out of the question for me. Cycling definately helps, but when i dont cycle very often it reverts back to the way it was.
I assume lots of reps with a manageable weight will help? At least in the beginning, to get the muscles firing and start the transformation. I'll also have my bike on a trainer, but not sure if i'll be able to ride it for more then an hour (mentally speaking).
But yes, i'd like to see improvement in my fitness in general. It'll be a better base for me when the Spring rolls around. The ankle injury i suffered in April sidelined me all through the summer, so i really didnt ride much at all as by the time i was getting back to the point of being able to physically ride, the weather started to turn sour. But i dont want to waste away the winter and then try and hop back on the bike.
So yeah...i assume i should concerntrate more on my lower body then my upper, and try and work my abs in there as well as they are at the core of cycling. Swimming is a possbility, though i've hated water my entire life. I can swim, but not well, and avoid it when i can. But you're right, swimming is good for both my left knee and my right ankle. Takes away the impact/weight while offering resistance in a non-harmful way. I'll definately start with the weights/lifting/cardio (i imagine you mean stationary bike?) before i take a dip in the pool.