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A hitch in my get-along

Friday, June 01, 2012

For at least 20 years, I've thought: I can't ____, my knees will go out. Yes, I have a history of my knee cap leaving it's groove, stretching tendons, ligaments; causing pain, immobility. I can't run, I can't do squats, I can't do lunges, I can't bike ride. I've blasted through most of those excuses. I've walked and walk/jogged 5K's. Yes, jogged! I can swim a mile. I've done all these things with occassional twinges of ouch from my knees. So now, I'm training to bike ride 12 miles for this triathlon. After almost every bike ride, I walk or walk/jog. Sunday, I just rode, rushing to get to church on time. Then I wore shoes with a little heel (I really do know better!). And, ouch. Progressively stiffer knees as the week's gone on, with limited mobility on steps, curbs. Both knees locking up sometimes while I'm walking: hence the hitch in my get along.

So, what am I gonna do about it? Yes, I've rested. I wrapped my knee with a brace for today's workout, less time, less intensity. I'm trying clipless pedals on my bike to see if it helps my knee alignment (as soon as the mail order gets here.) I'm heartened that there's no major swelling. My muscle tone is the best it's been in decades. I didn't think I could finish a walking 5K. I did. My knees hurt to some extent during the walk/jog 5 weeks of training and its 5K. I truly believe my body, especially my knees will adapt to cycling and I'll finish the tri. I have plenty of time: 7 weeks to go. So, patience, train gently for a few more days. Forgo the heels for a while!
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  • 2BE-MY-BEST
    Don't recall where I came across a ballet exercise for the knees . The exercise helps strengthen the small muscles on both sides of the knee. It truly helps with weak knees. I don't think I can explain it good enough . If I run across it again I will send you a link.
    2235 days ago
  • AROCHFORD
    Yep flats have become my way of life. I used to wear 3 inch heels everyday. I am finding that the bike is helping my knees. I also took medication for the first time to help with the inflammation
    2235 days ago
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