Today was the first day I’ve commuted to work on my bike in weeks. Â I’ve been nursing my right knee due to an injury and the time off appears to have helped. Â I took it really slow today, probably never cresting 10 MPH (except going downhill) but didn’t feel much pain in my knee at all. Â There were a few times in my ride where the twinges got to be a bit much – a little too close to actual pain – so I just slowed down to a snail’s pace until the twinges subsided. Â And for most of the ride, I was fine.
Hopefully this will continue. Â I’m planning to drive to work tomorrow, mostly due to severely inclement weather and the need to give my knee a day off. Â (Of course, I’m not sure how standing and lecturing for almost four and a half hours qualifies as a day off for my knee, but whatever. Â That’s what I get paid to do.) Â Hopefully on Wednesday I’ll be back on my bike.
This sucks. Â Apparently going on a 25-mile ride after not having biked for two weeks, then adding a week’s worth of daily commuting trips was too much for my right knee. Â It started to hurt about a week and a half ago, so I purposefully did not ride at all for six days. Â I figured that would be enough to give my knee a rest and let it heal.
Well, apparently I was wrong. Â During my commute to work today, my knee began to hurt almost as soon as I left home. Â Yes, it was a victorious commute, as I broke a record for cold-weather cycling, but a sore knee is still no fun. Â And with all the group rides I have coming up, apparently I need some time off the bike.
So I’m going to get in touch with some friends who are much more experienced cyclists and ask their advice. Â Let’s hope that I’m back up and biking soon. Â In the meantime, I plan to continue to my writing here, only not doing much riding.