Saturday I had an awesome 40 mile ride and my knees did ache quite a bit during the ride. I was stupid and just kept pushing and held 20+ mph for a significant portion of the ride and even raced a guy (I won, I don't think he knew it was a race :-)). Afterwards, no ice. Monday night was another 15 mile ride during which I tried to hold 20+ mph as much as possible (and did). Afterward? Yep, no ice. Tuesday morning was a hard 12x400 at the track. Yep, no ice afterward. Wednesday morning at work I was walking down the hall and started having sharp pain in my right knee. The pain was severe enough I was hobbling around and wincing the rest of the day. Guess what? I bought zip lock bags at lunch and started icing. The sharp pain now comes and goes while walking seemingly at random times though the frequency is reducing.
The pain is just below my knee cap on both legs with the right being worse than the left (outside leg on the track) but they both ache all the time kind of like my shoulder's ache when I swim too much. After some self diagnosis I have patellar tendinitis (jumper's knees). So, I'm going to back off for a couple days then see what happens.
Set backs are bummers but when you are in your mid forties trying to be an endurance athlete, things happen. I've been really happy with my training volume so far this year too. Except for when I was traveling, my weekly time and mileage has been decent.
|The dip the first week in March I was in China|
Oh well. This wasn't the first injury getting into triathlon's and probably won't be the last. Kind of puts some doubt in thoughts of trying to do a late season full IM. We'll see.
Oh, anyone use straps below their knees? If so, is it for this symptom?