• 2h 00m 05s
  • 35.00 miles
  • 17.49 Mi/hr

Trainer ride.
Felt good the whole time. Knee is making progress. Still can feel the fluid in there, but not much pain. Just stiffness.

  • Health data: Sick: 2
  • 1h 30m 07s
  • 26.05 miles
  • 17.34 Mi/hr

Trainer workout. (Had to get started long before the sun today.)
Felt good. This is a pretty typical pace for me on the trainer. I still have stiffness and discomfort, especially in certain knee positions. It didn't get any worse though. If I felt weirdness, I would just increase my cadences some and try to flush it out. I was able to push a hard gear for a while and it didn't feel any worse than riding easy.

  • 58m 26s
  • 3.75 miles
  • 15m 35s /Mi

After 45 minutes, I ran for 1 minute and it did NOT feel good. Hopefully will feel better Saturday.

  • Yoga
  • 50m

  • Health data: Sick: 2
  • 1h 30m
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Outdoor lap pool today with some ACC peeps.
Did an endurance workout from the Gale book. Also tried to keep up with Frank on a couple hundreds and was really red-lining it. That felt good to push like that.
Doc was there and said I'm not pushing my knee enough. He said I need to be stretching it and exercising it more. So, no sympathy there, LOL.

Well, that's just about enough feeling sorry for myself

OK, well that was a nice few days of moping around.

That's over now.

I need to do more stretching and moving my knee during the day. It's worst when I am just sitting around for a long time. It stiffens up, even with ice on it regularly. I saw Doc at swimming today and he said to suck it up and bend it, even if it's uncomfortable. I didn't damage it from overuse or pulling a tendon/ligament. It was a blow, just like if I hit my arm on something. I'm not helping myself trying to limit mobility.

So here's my plan:

Hourly: Get up, stretch, bend it as far as I can. Do a few SLOW squats. Go up and down the stairs 2-3 times. Then ice.
Every four hours: Ibuprofen and some gentle massage of knee area.

I figured out what I hit my knee on. When the front wheel and handlebars flipped over as I was skidding, my knee connected with the flat metal piece that the elbow pad is mounted on. See the curved elbow pads in the picture? There's a metal piece underneath the padding that anchors them and follows the same contour - that's what I hit, I'm pretty sure. I think I was skidding and my knee was coming up toward my chest right when the front wheel caught the grass and the whole front end flipped. That must have been when my knee connected with the metal. I have a horizontal mark on my knee, with almost no abrasion, so the shiny metal fits the bill for a suspect.

Nancy Kerrigan had the best performance of her life seven weeks after suffering a severe striking blow to the knee from a metal baton.

I can do it in 3.5 weeks.

Watch me.

  • Health data: Sick: 2
  • 1h 15m 02s
  • 18.72 miles
  • 14.97 Mi/hr

Trainer ride. Knee was stiff for the first 5 minutes. Then good until 1:05. Even then it wasn't bad - just starting to get a little swollen.
I sat up once and that caused pain while pedaling.

  • 32m 48s
  • 2.05 miles
  • 15m 59s /Mi

Walked. Yes, on purpose. This is part of my recovery from injury plan.
Walking sucked.
My knee felt fine though. I even did some gentle hills with no problems. Interesting to know that I can walk a 16/min/mi. That information might be useful someday. Tried to focus on posture.
Knee felt really good until I stopped. I tried stretching it a little, but that hurt so I went straight to ice and ibuprofen and elevation.

  • Health data: Sick: 3
  • 55m
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Decided to go ahead and swim. A couple people said not to worry about my road rash getting infected - it had been a long enough time.
Thank goodness. Man, I was itching to be able to DO something. The swim felt great. I was swimming with Nicole, who is strong, so I was happy with that. I have full range of motion and a good pull. The road rash was bothersome, but only enough to keep my focus on my stroke.

  • Health data: Sick: 3
  • 2h 29m 39s
  • 43.43 miles
  • 17.41 Mi/hr

Had to bail on this ride at mile 40. It was supposed to be 120.
But it was a good decision. I could have kept going and delayed my recovery more. I made the right call, but it was hard. It's very disappointing to go home with pockets full of food and a still-full bottle.

  • Health data: Sick: 3
  • 52m
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Wow am I paranoid on the bike now. But I do feel able-bodied on the bike, not like when I'm walking around.
Should be able to do the ride tomorrow.

  • Health data: Sick: 3

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