I feel bad for titling this as I did, but unfortunately there are certain careers that people do not like to use. The dentist, the police, the exterminator, and as an athlete…the doctor!
It started early in my life when I was playing football. It seemed that every time I would visit the doctor I would come out with a cast or crutches and be sentenced to ‘no sports’ for a while. It was always a bummer and this bad habit has stuck with me today.
But at times it is necessary to go visit. To check up on aches that ache a bit more than an ache should be aching. In my case it was a bit of the knee pain.
The last 5 miles of a particularly grueling uphill both ways kind of 51 mile ride I felt some soreness. No big deal, I’ve had it before, lets start this 30 minute run and shake out the soreness.
The run did not go so well and I have not run since. Now when I try to run the pain in my knee is intense after only a few strides. I then have to walk or stop. That is is when I knew I had to see…the dreaded doctor.
I make a visit to the doc sound awful but with increasing popularity of endurance sports, sports doctors have sprung up everywhere and you can select your favorite. I like mine so it isn’t a hassle or a pain (pun unfortunately kept in after an internal cerebral debate).
For my particular ailment there really wasn’t anything structurally wrong with my knee. Everything looked great, which is kind of not what I wanted to hear. Now there is nothing to fix. So it is on to my next adventure, Airrosti. More on that later when I go.
So I guess the moral of this wall of text is to go to the doctor and find your solution. The goal is to exercise pain free and to exercise for years to come.