Long time, eh? Well here's my story: The body was feeling good during and immediately after Big Bear but 24 hours after the race I had a lot of pain in my right knee. I've never had anything like this and it was pretty bad for several days. Ice and vitamin I were applied liberally and I stayed off of the bike for a whole week. Tried to figure why this happened. Figured it could be a few things: broke both my seat and seat post right before the race so I had to replace them and I think my setup might have been off. I've since tweaked it and hopefully got it right. Also had to do the first lap run followed by my 1 mile rocky run with the bike shouldered on lap #2 in those nice stiff Sidi shoes. Definitely could have contributed. Came into the race with a lot of back to back riding days with only a couple of days off. Maybe I over did it. My thinking right now is that all of these things may have contributed. A perfect storm? Maybe not, but possibly a combination of aggravating factors.
When I got back on the bike I did a short road ride on the fixed. Things were feeling better but not 100%. Two days later I headed over to John G's house to test out his new pump track. Fun stuff, good work out and the knee felt pretty good overall. Rested a few days more, did 18 miles at Patapsco with Julie and a few guys and gals. Good stuff, the knee felt like it is getting better. Short ride the following day at Gambrill then took a day off. Tuesday things seemed to be feeling real good and I hit the Watershed with Andy and Jeff, steady rockin' with some decent climbing. Finished up by doing Salamander backwards. When Andy peeled off near the end I decided to turn things up for the last few miles. Tackled the big climb up to the stone house, never a given but I cleaned it all so I was feeling good that I hadn't lost too much fitness with the time off and limited riding I had been doing. When Jeff caught up I put the hammer down and led us through the final twisty singletrack at race pace. Next day felt a little soreness in the knee but it seemed minor. Headed over to Avalon in the afternoon to meet up with the old Wednesday night crew. Tried to maintain a reasonable pace but woke up Thursday with the knee hurting some. It's Friday now and it hurts a bit more. I need to take it easy, look at the long term, let this heal but hopefully still get some riding in. Not too happy about this but need to keep it all in perspective, need to get things healed up. Throttle back, take it easy. Was hoping for some big rides next week but I need to be smart so those are out.