MS 150: First Ride of the Year

  • Distance: 9.5 miles
  • Time:  14.5 mph avg.

As I explained in this post, my right knee is pretty screwed up. So much so, that I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to ride in this year’s BP MS 150.

Today was the day that I would know for sure — I loaded up my Orbea Aspin road bike (purchased on Ebay before last year’s MS 15) and headed to the Austin Veloway to test out my knee.

What I was going to test:

  • Range of motion: could I even bend my knee for the full ROM required to pedal a bike.
  • Pain: If I could bend through the full ROM, how badly would it hurt?

Better Than I Hoped

As soon as I started pedaling, my first question mark was answered immediately — yes, I had full range of motion in my pedaling motion.

However, there was some initial tightness and a little bit of pain from the bone-on-bone grinding in my knee.

So, I rolled out through the first 3.1 miles of the loop gently, not wanting to push it too hard. By the end of the first loop, the joint fluid was flowing and I could hardly feel any discomfort or pain in my knee at all.

So I pushed through 2 more laps at a 17 mph pace. I actually felt stronger and better prepared after one ride than I remember being at any point in my training last year — something I attribute entirely to my CrossFit training.

I ended up riding 9.5 miles for my first ride — aftewards I felt really good and had great flexibility and almost no pain at all in my knee.

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