I had sent this post to the general category list, and someone suggested that I try to submit it here. I would appreciate any suggestions; thanks!
I am having problems with knee pain associated with climbing... I don't have large hills to climb, but rides of 20 miles or more seem to often cause knee pain in the back, inside of my knee, usually the left leg. I think that I have ruled out the ligament, and I think that it is in one of the smaller muscles in that area. Sometimes I can go on the ride with no problems at all, then when I lift my leg to get out of the shower, the pain suddenly starts. Then, the pain is anytime I lift my leg, making me think that it is in association with climbing. Most of my rides are with a "train;" my 7 year old with me on a tandem, pulling a Piccolo with my 5 year old, pulling a trailer with my 3 year old. When I wear a brace, I am able to ride for a longer time without pain. My seat is raised to the point where my knee is slightly bent when it is straight down; and by what I have read, that is the correct height adjustment. Lately I have been made aware that cleat positioning can cause a problem. I have cleats that I think might be 1/2 a size too big. When I got them, I was using cages on the pedals, then I switched to the clips. How do you determine cleat positioning? If anyone has ideas of what might be the cause of the pain, and what strengthening exercises I can do, and what stretches would be good for this type of problem, I would be grateful! Oh yes, while this has been a left knee problem, last year on the first day of the MS 150 (two day, 150 mile bike ride to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis) my left knee did fine ~ I was wearing a brace ~ but my right knee started to hurt. The pain was also in the back, on the inside of the knee; the same area of pain as the left knee. I switched the brace to the right knee for the return trip and was able to do fine, and the left knee really didn't give me much of a problem. Any advice would be great; thanks!