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Friday Ride

My main concerns with riding are about my knee holding out. I twisted it a few weeks ago when riding on roads (a woman nearly reversed into me, I jumped myself and bike out of the way) and it's hurt the last few weekends.

I went out to Delamere Forest this weekend with friends. Cycled fire roads and a lot of singletrack through the trees, impressively I was the only one of the group who could ride up the hills and managed a fairly impressive 8% climb without stopping breathing at any point.

Only did around 5 miles though as Andrew managed to come off down a hideous bit of trail known as No Brains (as in only ridden by those with no brains) and landed on his shoulder. Despite the very inclement weather (temp of 5C with windchill bringining it down to around -2C at times), ridiculous amount of wind and then sleet and hail. Lovely.

Had planned to ride part of the Mary Townley loop tomorrow but due to snow and Andrew's shoulder have had to cancel. BooHoo.


Mar. 24th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
I am so impressed by this: I jumped myself and bike out of the way. You are such a rockstar!

I'm no doctor, but my aunt-the-physical-therapist said that for knee pain and injury you can never do too many leg lifts. are there exercises you can do to build the muscle around the knee to support it better? I know that biking builds lots of quad muscles but are there other muscles in there that could be strengthened as well?
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm heading to the pool on Wednesday morning for some exercise with minimal weight bearing and then booking in for a gym induction to talk about working on my lower leg muscles, back muscles and upper body strength.

I was going to go for a run tonight but ate dinner early so need to wait a bit now.
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
The jumping my bike is a trick called an endo, I had no idea I knew how to do it but I guess I have muscle memory or something that knew how to do it when I was in danger.



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