Tagged: ouch

Today’s commute

Today was the first day I’ve commuted to work on my bike in weeks.  I’ve been nursing my right knee due to an injury and the time off appears to have helped.  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.  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.  And for most of the ride, I was fine.

Hopefully this will continue.  I’m planning to drive to work tomorrow, mostly due to severely inclement weather and the need to give my knee a day off.  (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.  That’s what I get paid to do.)  Hopefully on Wednesday I’ll be back on my bike.

Quick update

Well, I haven’t biked to work in about two weeks.  I’m giving my knee a rest in preparation for lots of biking this semester.  In fact, as I write this, I have a great big bag of ice resting on knee.  Tomorrow I’m going to keep icing it and try some stretching exercises.  Then hopefully by mid-week I can go for a short ride around the block, with more stretching and icing.  The goal is to be back at 100% by early February.

This time off my bike really makes me realize how much I hate driving to school and how much I miss cycling.  My driving commute is really short and really easy, but biking is not that much longer time-wise.  Hopefully I’ll be back in the saddle (pun intended) very soon.

Welp

This sucks.  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.  It started to hurt about a week and a half ago, so I purposefully did not ride at all for six days.  I figured that would be enough to give my knee a rest and let it heal.

Well, apparently I was wrong.  During my commute to work today, my knee began to hurt almost as soon as I left home.  Yes, it was a victorious commute, as I broke a record for cold-weather cycling, but a sore knee is still no fun.  And with all the group rides I have coming up, apparently I need some time off the bike.

Sigh.

So I’m going to get in touch with some friends who are much more experienced cyclists and ask their advice.  Let’s hope that I’m back up and biking soon.  In the meantime, I plan to continue to my writing here, only not doing much riding.