Life Without Wheels: Chronicle of a Car-Free Lifestyle
Hello friends, fans, and everyone in between! 

Last Sunday I completed my second double century in 15 hours and 30 minutes. It felt great. I felt great pretty much the whole ride, except for the part where I twisted my knee when I came to a stop quickly and had to unclip quickly. I felt a little twist when it happened, but didn't think much of it. Around mile 160, it became clear that twisting my knee was reaping some unfortunate ramifications, including some knee pain. I managed to complete the ride, but couldn't walk for 2 days. The good news it that my doctor says although I have obviously caused some trauma to the joint, there is no instability and he does not believe there is any serious tearing of any ligaments or minisci. My knee was tender upon touching it, swollen, and had almost no range of motion. My doctor says 2 weeks off the bike with medication and it will be back to normal. He did okay me to swim and walk, with a brace, so I'll be relying on those two forms of exercise to keep up my fitness during these two non-cycling weeks. 

Can't wait for the next double century! Hoping to get the time down to 14 hours total time!


09/11/2010 16:59

For a swolen knee, I highly recommended icing it - for 20-30 minutes a couple of times each day. According to my doctor friends, getting the swelling down gives it the chance to heal itself.

Good luck!

09/11/2010 17:07

Hey Joe,

Yes, icing or RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is excellent advice. I did ice right away and off and on for the first 48 hours. When I saw my doctor, however, he informed me that after the first 24 hours the ice doesn't do much good to bring the swelling down.

Fortunately, I have prescription grade anti-inflammatory drugs now. Range of motion has returned greatly too.

It was such a bummer to miss the Return of the Tin Foil Hats ride. =(

09/11/2010 20:01

I've been off my bike since May due to knee issues. I wish I had gone to a physical therapist immediately. I'm finally at one now, but it seems it's going to take a long time to be back in form.


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