Some of you might dimly remember me. About a year ago I participated in some threads about knee pain (and before that more usual threads about learning, equipment, etc).
Well it’s been about 11 months and one weeks since I took off from riding to rest my knees. 11 months and some days later my knees are not any better.
I’ve been to the Ortho (sports Ortho) There is nothing structurally/mechanically wrong with my knee. I have Quadriceps tendinnois/tendinopathy. This can take many forms, but in general it refers to chronic pain that is not from trauma or inflammation. In my case it’s most likely tendons that don’t heal right. From that almost any ‘use’ is overuse, and they heal wrong again and around and around it goes.
Heat/Ice/stretching/strengthening nothing has really helped. The only thing that helps a little is merciless quad, hip flexor, and psoas stretching. While that helps with recovery, it does little to prevent the onset.
Oh sure I can rest it back to pain free after I have irritated it. In fact, I rested it to TWELVE weeks of pain free from November to January.
It only took three days of riding over the course of 7 or 8 days to make them flare up again. I’m talking 5 minute rides on flat ground on a 20" wheel (the easiest to push around) with a couple days between each ride.
Three days. Three 5-minute rides on flat ground.
I still have a couple of stretches/exercises that I hope will start a turn around but after 11 months of trying this and trying that I’m not very optimistic.
It’s hard to express how important unicycling was in my life. It’s a long and somewhat personal story.
It would not be over stating it to say that I loved riding. The unique feeling of being on top of something like a unicycle. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like riding is the highlight of your day, and perhaps the first thing on your mind when you wake up. That’s where it fit in my life.
Since mid March of last year I watched Spring go by, then Summer, then Fall, and in a few weeks it will be mid-March and it will have been a year.
What did I do? I counted a few more thousand repetitions of some stretch or exercise.
I hate seeing my 3 wheels just sitting in the living room.
Back when I believed I would heal in weeks, not months or years, if ever, I built up a nice wheel with the KH 20" Flat Rim.
That wheel has had about 15 minutes of riding. Sigh.
If you are riding today, or planning a ride for tomorrow, or this weekend, or when the snow melts, be glad. Be really glad, and a little thankful. While it’s sort of fun learning to play the harmonica, and learning how hack my Android phone, it really isn’t making up for not riding.