I went for a bike ride on Friday. It included a bunch of steep hills, things I ride from time to time, and they were all in succession, something I don’t do so much.
Also, this hill climbing was done with an undersized cassette. Cove Climb, Alley, Millionaires by the Sea, Ganado, Anchovy, Friendship Park, Monaco, Whitley Collins, all slogged out on a 23-tooth rear cog. Let’s just say my rpm’s were more like rph’s.
I was tired from the riding but the next day when I hopped on my bike for a quick pedal, I had a twinge behind my right knee. “Probably just stiff from yesterday,” I thought, knowing that the back of my knee has never ever been stiff “from yesterday.”
After an hour or so of easy pedaling, it didn’t go away and in fact it worsened. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I once had tendinitis, the patellar variety. At the time I didn’t know what it was so I rode longer hoping it would go away but it didn’t. A doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory called Feldene but that didn’t work.
I ended up getting off my bike for almost six months. That’s how long it took to heal. Every month or so I’d get on the bike to test it out and it would feel good for a few minutes and then start to twinge again. You can’t heal tendinitis with anything but rest. That’s my opinion.
This tendinitis is different because it might be a ligament instead of a tendon. It’s hard to tell which string on the banjo behind my knee is affected. I hear that ligaments heal even slower than tendons. The good news is that it’s a fresh wound and I got off it shortly after realizing the problem. Scratched Sunday’s Santa Clarita Fondo off my list and am scratching off Westlake Century, too. Bummer.
If anyone knows a magical cure for irritated banjo strings, I’m all ears. Not that I’ll believe you, you understand …
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