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knee(3 posts)

kneebm
Apr 14, 2002 11:08 PM
i'm currently training for endurance, but also do a lot of anerobic leg work. about 2 weeks ago went from biking one hour to 3 hours at a time - spinning, not hammering. . . anyway, i get knee pains in my RIGHT knee that appear the next day.

if i was sitting in a chair, and swung my leg i would feel a sort of 'rubbing' pain. almost as if i had soreness of the joint.

i currently have the float on 6 degrees? the pains are getting better, but i was just wondering if there was something i was doing wrong.

thanks
re: overuse ingurycyclopathic
Apr 15, 2002 3:23 AM
is it joint or tendons? the ones which run around knee cup?
also do you stretch? how flexible are you?

there're many reasons knee could hurt no simple answer.
check cleat adjustment/position, seat height, flexibility, etc.

It is not uncommon for one leg to be shorter or have shorter muscles or just "different" in any possible way. Check your walking shoe wear if it's different it's a sign.
re: kneeTPC
Apr 15, 2002 12:04 PM
everyone says 'no pain, no gain', but that is soo wrong. muscle pain might be good, but joint pain is BAD.

You are abusing the heck out of your knees by jumping from 1 hr to 3 hr rides. A reasonably ramp up of efforts is 10% per week (which i know sounds hella small, especially if you're eager to be the best), but that means going from 1hr to 3hr rides you should scale up over about 2 to 3 months, not 2 weeks.

Trust me, i'm learning this the hard way. I've been off my bike (can barely even walk) for the past month, and my doctor and physical therapist say it could be another month before my knees are well enough that i can ride again.

My suggestions are: 1. immediately cut back your ride lengths. 2. make sure your bike fit is correct (1 hr rides might not have been long enough to expose fit problems) 3. if you have good health insurance, make one appointment with a physical therapist to make sure your muscle development is going ok (they'll check your VMO, your knee cap tracking, etc. and they'll also be able to give you some exercises/stretches to promote knee stability/strength).

Good luck!

btw, previous to being sidelined, i was ignoring the discomfort in my knees b/c i thought "i've never had knee problems before, this will just go away", and "i'm young, not an old fart, my knees will heal themselves", and "i'm just pushing myself hard, my knees will catch up eventually", and "the pain isn't too bad at all, i'll just work through it".
i've learned my lesson the hard way, hopefully you won't have to.