knees bothering me
i have been cross training - cycling and running for about 12 months- 6 months ago i went to an orthopod for knee pain he told me take a break on running and ride more...i'm starting to do longer distances riding now and i'm getting knee pain in the front and towards the outside-kinda feels just like runners knee (the problem i had back in december). anybody else run into this? i was told to get supportive insoles for all my excerisce shoes and did-helps with running but not so much with the biking...i have been tweeking the saddle and cleats to try and get them comfortable...any fixes tend to last for a couple of days then the dull aching comes back.
Sure sounds like ITB syndrome! (type it into Google, and you'll find an endless list of hits). It's considered a running injury, but is becoming more and more common among cyclists (typically caused by improper bike fit).
I had the exact same issue come up appx 5 weeks before the tri I completed this past Sat. I ended up NOT running for 3 weeks, but kept biking. Tried to run again, pain was still there! Then I gave up running and biking for the final 2 weeks prior to the tri, and did ITB specific stretches, Ibuprofren, with daily icing. Knee still had some issues, but it was relatively pain-free for the race. If you have a while before your event, make sure and take care of it NOW, so you can enter the race in good shape!
A couple chiropractor visits, with some massage really helped me right before the race (to loosen up the pelvic area, which can be the cause of ITB in the first place).