While I predicted it as a patella tendonitis issue, the physical therapist I visited with on Monday thinks it’s patellafemoral pain syndrome. Fortunately, running and swimming don’t aggravate it so I’m able to continue training this week. Lower-body strength training and biking right now cause knee pain so there will be no biking for the next week until I’ve got this problem under control.
There may be a fit issue with the new tri bike as I’ve never had knee problems while riding my road bike. I’ll be working with Coach Joe to tweak my position on the bike to ensure there are no future problems. Fortunately, swimming and running are not an issue so this week’s training will be running and swimming focused. I’m hoping with some quadriceps-strengthening exercising, icing and other physical therapy techniques I’ll be back in action in a couple weeks on the bike.
The goal in all this Ironman training is to succeed, but not destroy my body in the process.
Here is this week’s training schedule:
Monday: strength training
Tuesday: 30 min run + 2,700 yd swim
Wednesday: 60 min run + core workout
Thursday: 2,800 yd swim
Friday: 30 min run + core workout
Saturday: 30 min run + 3,100+ yd swim
Sunday: 60 min run
T-172 days until Ironman Wisconsin!