As I was getting ready to ride to the fitness center this morning, I noticed that my right knee was hurting pretty badly. As much as I’ve been riding lately, it didn’t really surprise me, since I’ve got a pretty consistent history of over-use problems that are generally related to the IT Band. I fell on wet pavement a few years ago and bruised my hip so badly that it still has a bump, and I think that contributes to IT Band Syndrome on my right leg. Compound that with the fact that cycling doesn’t promote any side-to-side movement, and it’s something I generally have to watch. I’ve also been neglecting the stretches that kept me running through the winter so I guess I brought it on myself.
I didn’t feel any issues at all riding to work, but when I got to the fitness center, it was bad. Just moving around was painful, making it difficult to get through the workout I’ve been doing lately. I decided I had better start stretching again, so after I finished my workout I laid down on the floor and gave the IT Band a couple of decent stretches before heading to work.
As I was walking into work, I realized that the worst of the pain was already gone! And, it’s not returned so far. Can you believe that? One session of stretching was enough to lengthen that stupid thing enough to take the pressure off my knee. I guess I’ll need to keep it up!
Oh…then I discovered there was no hot water for the showers at work. Talk about brisk!
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