After talking with a few physical therapist friends yesterday, the general agreement was that I should continue with what I’ve been doing: icing, stretching strengthening. The one thing I did not want to hear was: NO RUNNING! Picture the immediate panic attack that I had. Not a pretty sight. I knew it was coming. My knee issue is most likely from overuse so giving it a week off will let it hopefully get some rest. As a way to get in some cardio, one PT suggested getting on the bike. I immediately started to think of what I could do. I had a few options but decided the cheapest and easiest route would be to get on my old mountain bike that I haven’t ridden in probably 3 years at least.
Riding with traffic scares the pants off me. I’m so afraid of getting hit by a car. Most recently I’ve also been afraid of getting attacked by a dog. A friend of mine recently had a fellow rider get attacked by a pit bull while riding. She had to have 3 surgeries on her leg to repair the damage. Yup, pretty scary!
I woke up bright and early this morning for a ride. Except it’s not as bright as it used to be at 5 a.m. Humph. I dillydallied around a bit before it was a little bit lighter. Running and riding a bike in semi dark conditions are two different realms. I would run without a thought but riding I’d much rather have some light.
I picked a route that I knew would have a little less traffic and a wider road. I started off trying to remember what to do with the gears. One thing that I did realize right away was how much I enjoy riding. Then I hit a pot hole and wondered, “why did I ever like mountain biking?” Ouch! 🙂
The whole ride was uneventful. I settled into a nice rhythm, figured out the gears and cruised. I actually felt pretty comfortable with the traffic too. The fun part was looking down at my Garmin and seeing a pace of 3:00. Never ever will I see that running! hehehe! My knee felt great the whole ride. I would have loved to get in more but I had to scurry back home so Ron could get to work.
Just about 12 miles done in 49 minutes. Even though I’m stuck with riding this week I plan on incorporating it more into my plan for cross training. It can only help strengthen and build up my endurance.
In addition to biking you’ll find me glued to an ice pack, my foam roller, and resistance band. Are your fingers still crossed for me??? 🙂