SF Cyclotouring

Ride reports and other ramblings from a San Francisco cyclist.


Down for the Count

OK, running and I apparently just do not mix. A couple of weeks ago,
some folks at work decided to start an after-work running club, and I
thought it'd be worth giving it a go, both to see if I could in fact
seriously run, and for the social aspects of joining the group. I ran
nearly 3 miles that first time, and couldn't walk for a few days
afterwards due to the sore muscles in my legs. Fortunately, a short
bike ride the following weekend did the job to blow the overdose of
lactic acid out of my legs and things were A-OK again. The following
week -- last Wednesday in fact -- I figured that I'd give it another
go, but just take it easy and not push as hard. Which I did, really.
I only covered a couple of miles and I definitely didn't try to go as
fast. But -- just as we were starting out, I landed funny on my right
foot and felt a weird twinge in my right knee. I shrugged it off,
stretched some more, and kept going. The next day, again I was
limping, but this time due to pain in my knee joints, not the muscles
in my legs. It was a bit annoying. I left that Friday for a long
weekend's vacation in Boston with my wife, celebrating our one-year
wedding anniversary. The best way to get around in Boston is, of
course, walking. The first couple of days I did ok, but the limping
continued. After the next couple of days, my left knee got better but
the right one seemed to just get worse. Of course I was being
stubborn -- we came to Boston to see Boston, not so I could just sit
in front of the TV in our B&B while my wife wandered around alone --
so I ate a bunch of Advil and iced my knee each night. By Tuesday I
could barely walk without great discomfort. We came back on Wednesday
(yesterday) and I got an urgent-care appointment with a doc this
afternoon (Thursday). After hearing my story he prodded, poked, and
twisted my knee asking if any of that hurt, and then decided that I
probably didn't do any damage to the joint itself, that I pulled or
over-strained a tendon on the inner side of the joint. He even went
and dug out an anatomy book to show me the area in question. He
prescribed some anti-inflammatory meds (Nabumetone 500mg, generic for
Relafen), instructing me to take 2-3 per day as needed, and if things
weren't better in a couple of weeks, to come back for a follow-up
appointment. Sounded great to me at the time, but as I realized on my
way back home, I still can't freaking walk. And cycling is
unfortunately out of the question. That new tent and sleeping bag I
just bought for THIS WEEKEND's planned bike-camping overnighter aren't
going to get used just yet. ARGH &^%@#&$^%@#$

My appointment was at 3:30 in the afternoon, I had to leave work
early. I wasn't at Kaiser long, so I hopped back on the bus to go
back to work for a couple of hours. The bus I was on swerved
erratically and shuddered to an abrupt stop in the middle of the
intersection of Jones and O'Farrell -- apparently we somehow hit a
pedestrian. That's crackhead central (well, one of 'em in SF) and no
doubt the crackhead thought she could beat the bus through the
intersection and lost. I heard a THWACK that was apparently her head
hitting the front glass -- which was spider-cracked afterwards.
Immediately afterwards, I saw her running around in circles in the
middle of the intersection, and then collapse. Lots of people
gathered around (did anyone call 911 I wonder?) and a beat cop showed
up just after. I decided the whole thing was a sign to NOT go back to
work, so I hobbled down Jones towards Market to catch a bus back home.
Took me a while to get close to Market, and I looked back up the
road, taking note that an ambulance STILL hadn't arrived -- but then a
SFFD paramedic unit rounded the corner. By the time I got down to
Market my knee was screaming bloody hell and I knew that I'd made the
right choice to just go home. Weirdest thing, in true self-centered
SF fashion, is that I was barely phased by the event. I'm more
stunned by this fact than anything else. Jaded, I am.

Bah, time for another pill...


Blogger Tarik said...

Ah bummer dude,

Cycling is extra bad prep for running. You get massive muscle imbalances that push you to have knee problems. Stay on soft trails. Rest until you are better, do hamstring curls and quad extensions is probably the advice you will get. Don;t run on sidewalks if you can avoid it, etc. etc. Get better soon so I can read more ride reports about the trails I miss there.

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