Inflammed knees after cycling

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    Jul 18, 2008 4:56 AM GMT
    Hi - I've just finished (abt 5 days ago) a double century bike marathon and while I was really happy to have made this goal, I have strained some muscles in my legs - namely have some Patellofemoral and ITB pain (my dad is a PT, so this helped). I was advised to stay off the bike for a while until it heals - problem is, I've another Century ride coming up in a month and I'm one of those people who does not deal with "Downtime" very well.

    Any ideas on Cardio I can do so I can keep consistent and not gain weight? The gym seems to have only treadmills and ellipticals, and running is out of the question. I've just been at the gym doing upper body weights for now.
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    Jul 18, 2008 5:24 AM GMT
    I dont know if these will do what you want...

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    Jul 18, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    Is your bike seat positioned high enough? Even if you had it set by an expert, seats often start to sink when they've been ridden for a while.
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    Jul 18, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidIs your bike seat positioned high enough? Even if you had it set by an expert, seats often start to sink when they've been ridden for a while.


    Oh, Squarejaw, is your seat sinking? Has it been ridden too long lately? ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 18, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    Thanks guys - I appreciate the input.

    Yeah - problem with the seat aside (ahem, no pun intended), i think it came from riding fast and furiously during a practice ride a week before. My knees blew out at the midway point, but I decided to keep going and deal with the pain.

    I'll try the kettlebell's at my gym. I've been eyeing them for some time, actually.

    Thanks again!
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    Jul 20, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    ajockwins saidHi - I've just finished (abt 5 days ago) a double century bike marathon and while I was really happy to have made this goal, I have strained some muscles in my legs - namely have some Patellofemoral and ITB pain (my dad is a PT, so this helped). I was advised to stay off the bike for a while until it heals - problem is, I've another Century ride coming up in a month and I'm one of those people who does not deal with "Downtime" very well.

    Any ideas on Cardio I can do so I can keep consistent and not gain weight? The gym seems to have only treadmills and ellipticals, and running is out of the question. I've just been at the gym doing upper body weights for now.


    what you need to do is get a foam roller and roll out your quads, hip flexors and it bands, paying close attention to your rectus remoris. this muscle often causes severe knee pain from the repetitive cycling motion.

    hope that helps
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    Jul 20, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    Swim. Or go water running.

    The reality is that you have had an injury. This injury did not happen while you were riding your bike during the marathon. It started weeks, maybe months before you started to feel symptoms. The rehab process, therefore, is going to take time. Perhaps on the order of weeks. You don't have to go through a total "downtime" even though there is nothing that is going to train you better for the next ride than more riding (the knock-on effects of swimming or water running are still not comparable to the direct effects of cycling), but if you don't pay attention to the problem now, it will only continue to get worse. Maybe not on the next Century ride, but eventually if you go on the road of incomplete recovery/re-injury/incomplete recovery/re-injury, the re-injury bits get worse over time.

    You should also plant the seed of consideration of whether you will be able to go on the next Century ride. It's not say that you should give up on it, but you should be prepared to say no if that's what you need to do to rehab from this. There will be more Century rides. You only have one set of knees.