I have been diligent in my quest for fitness in preparation for the 2011 XP adventure. I have been hiking 3 mornings a week and training 2 days a week at the gym. The trail work is my aerobics. What a wonderful way to sweat! My neighbors have an excellent trail through the coastal sage with a short warm up followed by 2 big, steep hills then another longer hill that brings you to views of La Jolla to the south and Catalina Island to the west. The hike is about 3 miles long and takes about 45 minutes.
As beautiful as it is this section of trail is, it is rocky and can be dangerous. About 3 weeks ago I tripped and fell landing knee cap first on a rock. I spent the next 24 hours in bed with an ice bag. I thought I had dodged the bullet as my knee was not too swollen or painful. I took it easy for a while and in spite of the bruising running down my shin, all seemed well.
On Valentine’s Day I started getting ready for the Eastern Mojave Scenic ride. I borrowed a tall ladder and went to work on the RV. I scrubbed it and polished it until it looked new. It took me most of the day, going up and down the ladder, scrubbing and buffing. The next morning my knee was swollen, painful and stiff. I ended up staying home with my new best friend, the ice bag instead of going to the ride. Not fair!!!
I saw an orthopedic surgeon last week who told me I have good looking knees. I couldn’t help myself and added “for an old broad.” This made us both laugh and lightened my somber mood (who likes going to the surgeon for a swollen knee?) The good news is the X-ray showed good joint space which translates to good cartilage. My exam was good as it found all my ligaments intact. The diagnosis is bruised patellar cartilage which can take as long as 2 months to resolve. It should be healed by the time the 2011 XP.
So, I am hanging with my new best friend, the afore mentioned ice bag (who now needs a name), Advil and avoiding ladders and stairs. I have been able to hike, ride and train, all carefully and at a lower intensity. I guess I was not able to avoid that bullet completely, I was grazed by it.