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Well, as you can see by my signature I plan on doing the Lotoja Classic this September. 206 miles in 10.5-11 hours is the goal. Last Sunday my knee started giving me sharp, stabbing pains on the outside during the down stroke. I rode on Monday (a recovery ride) to see what it felt like and it didn't hurt as bad but it wasn't right. I iced it a lot and and then rode on Wednesday and it felt fine until aobut halfway through a 35 miler.

I had a mid-season goal of riding a 5 hour century that was scheduled for yesterday. I rode it and made it under five hours but the knee started hurting after about 20 miles. So I basically rode 80 miles one legged. I can't put serious pressure on it (especially climbing). So now I don't know what to do. Oh, btw, I blew up the same knee playing soccer about 15 years ago and never had surgery on it. I think the 5000 miles I've put on it this year and last has caught up with it. I don't want to have surgery before Lotoja but I don't know if it can hold out til then and then for 206 miles straight. My riding buddy is really gonna be disappointed if I can't do Lotoja with him.

The one thing is that I noticed that it hurts worse if I stop and then start again until it gets warmed back up. So the plan is to not ride all this week and then see what happens if I put Biofreeze on it and use my old knee brace.

Any suggestions?
 

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> I basically rode 80 miles one legged.

That was not a good idea.

I had a knee problem last year about this time, with my big goal race for the year also being in september. I went to the doctor and got some physical therapy. Exercises and stretching were enough to make it tolerable for the race.

This year I just finished a week off the bike due to breaking a toe. Setbacks are just a part of training, at least once you get past a certain age.

I'd suggest going to the doctor. If you don't have one who's knowledgable about sports, now is the time to find one.
 

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I second Eric, get to the doctor to see what can be done rather than risking more damage. I have back issues and it just gave out a couple of weeks ago, can I ride, yes, but is it worth it? No! I have given it rest, saw my doctors and have some treatment setup for tomorrow, which should have me riding by the end of the week. I know it is a different issue and my treatment plan has been the same for the last couple of years but I have to do what is right for my body when I feel pain. It has screwed up my goals for this season but I would rather take the time now then ruin my whole summer.
 

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medical insurance??

Having had three orthroscopic knee surgeries, I can tell you that it takes an MRI to tell anything about the type and extent of damage. A knee specialist might have some ideas for recovery, but he may just send you in for an MRI first thing. If you don't have good medical insurance, this will get expensive.
 

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A similar problem has been plaguing me since early this season. I get a sharp pain behind my knee on the outside. I think it has something to do with the IT band. I've been trying to take it easy but recovery has been slow.
 
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