So, you remember when I did that Rogaine back in October and I mentioned that I hurt my knee, and then I announced that I was going to do an Olympic Distance Triathlon in March, even though I knew I had a sore knee, and I said “I’m sure it will be fine”?
Well… Maybe not.
In 4-6 weeks, maybe.
And that’s just plain discouraging.
After my two little runs and one cycle last week, it was apparent things were still going wrong. I started walking instead, and things were still going wrong: pain behind the knee and little hits of ‘ouch’ on the inside of the kneecap.
A physio appointment on Monday resulted in bigger strapping and more exercises, and the suggestion that I probably won’t be able to run for 4-6 weeks, and cycling is bad bad bad. Swimming would undoubtedly be worse. I didn’t even ask about that…
Walking is allowed, I just need to take it easy and not let the leg fatigue. Adduction exercises, using a theraband, and light light leg extensions and leg press with the knee turned out are okay. Externally rotated straight leg lifts are fine. Loads of squats and lunges are not okay, and could set me back. Of course, all those exercises are a big step up from the one fine-motor-control exercise and foam rolling (which I still need to do) which were the only allowed exercises two weeks ago.
My ‘real’ triathlon training is meant to start on Monday 2nd December, and that’s only 3 weeks away. I know I won’t be up to the distances and times that the program demands. I was using this time to build up to it, so I just don’t think it’s going to happen.
I need to take care of my leg, do my exercises and get strong so that whatever I decide to do I can do it, that’s a given, but what about training? My options seem to be:
- Train for a Sprint distance instead: it won’t take as long to get there, and I can start when my knee is healed
- Drop the triathlon training for the time being and focus on my horse and kayaking instead, which are not likely to bugger the knee up worse
- Just stop complaining and enjoy going for walks
Maybe there’s something out there I haven’t tried yet?
What would you do?