the outside of my right leg at the knee has some discomfort when I straighten the leg. it is not affected by flexing the foot
lateral collateral ligament injury? IT band tendonitis?
I don't think it's a lateral meniscus tear because the discomfort goes away and I've had meniscal tears before where the discomfort did not subside and required some quickie surgery. I don't think I have arthritis of the joint yet, I'm only 50 and the onset was after a bike ride.
I 1st noticed it after an epic 26 mile ride on new years eve right after a 3" snow fall on a MTB bike with studded snows. I was testing my work commute. It's a new bike for me but I think I have the fit correct. by time I got home and after a bath I was very stiff getting up and walking - but it quickly subsided
I did another 26 miles on the same bike yesterday (1st full work-day commute) and was a little sore in this same area last night but it subsided by morning
this morning I biked in to work 13 miles on my regular 700c bike but by time I got to work the discomfort had elevated to the point where I'm very stiff getting up and walking. the discomfort returned about 1/2 way into the 13 miles.
I'm leaning towards IT band tendonitis or iliotibial band (IT band) syndrome because of these common causes:
- Faulty saddle height or position (new-to-me MTB with saddle too high?)
- Pushing excessively high gears (slow cadence in cold weather) 3 words: Goodmans Hill Road