Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Devon UK
Bikes: Trek 2008 Madone 5.5 Pro, Bianchi 2008 Axis
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Minor knee injury, mental anguish! Time for some cross training?
Hey all, my doctor has ordered me off my bike for up to a week due to a injury I inflicted upon myself while time trailling on my road bike.
The problem is that I have inflamed the soft tissues/cartelidge around the right front side of my left knee, leading to pain when I move it. The degree of pain has steadily decreased from excruitiating when I got off my bike and could pedal no more, to a now constant ache that should hopefully be hidden by some new more powerful prescribed pain killers I have been given today.
The cause is that I have over-developed my inner quad muscles (especially on my left leg), resulting in my patella being pulled diagonally across the joint with each contraction, wearing on the soft tissues.
This is no where near some of the horror stories I have read here and elsewhere of injuries suffered in crashes, so I know I am getting off lightly.
My current thought as to a prevention of this happening again is some form of cross training. I also need to work on my core strength as well anyway. Can any one field on suggestions on low impact cross training sports / activities I could take up to address these two key areas?
I have been considering: Swimming, Pilates, Kayaking, Rowing and gym based strength training. I dislike using gyms for the cost and I much prefer fresh air, even if its cold and raining.