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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Feeling a little better

I've been following my plans for the week so far. I had a slight change today, but I think I'll be okay. At least my knee is feeling a bit better.

The goal was to go out pretty strong today. I rushed home from work to get on the bike. See how the weather will be the next couple of days, I figured I had better get some time on the road.

On my way out I stopped by Sunshine Cycle Shop to say hi to the guys and to ask some advice about how I should approach the ride. John told me that if my knee was still bothering me, I should take it easy. He said something wise, "Nothing you can do at this point is really going to make you any better for Saturday."

It is all the work up to this point that makes the difference. On the other hand, if I went out and made my knee worse, I could undo all the work. On that thought, I went out to just have a nice slow ride.

I kept spinning in the small ring over to Nature Trail. When I started the climb I could feel the knee. I just adjusted the gears to take the pressure off the knee. I worked my way up, down Beverly, onto State Park, and then over Piney Mountain.

From there I headed over to Rutherford Road. At this point, I worked my way into a harder gear as I went downhill. Then I started up to turn onto Main Street. I felt the knee start to tense and then it felt as though something untied. I know that sounds weird, but it is the best way I know to describe it.

My knee felt fine! It was a little sore, but the kind of sore of something that has been bound up. I made it home down Main Street, through Cleveland Park and on to my house. It is still a little sore, but nothing like it was.

I'm starting to think that because I was so worried about the knee that the weak spot in my knee was tensing up causing the pain. It just needed to let loose. I think I can take care of it by resting and using my mind.

Tomorrow night will be another trainer night. I'm going to focus on the mental.


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