First week down and over with!!! haha-  Hasnt been that bad really.  I've actually enjoyed the training and I feel fantastic.


Still have slight knee pain and tenderness but I have decided thats a tight muscle issue that I'm trying to fix with stretching and Yoga daily instead of anything mechanical in the knee joint itself- ha famous last words!


Looks like my life in the forseeable future will revolve around the Y here-  as the snow is coming soon and its just easier to work out there during the winter months.


Luckily the wife has weight/fitness goals she's working towards and the kids love to go there- so that all helps with all us happy to be back at the Y again.


Went looking for a bike saturday and got serious sticker shock!  especially when the salesguy nicely asked my 7 year old to stop climbing a bike that turned out to be some $8000 carbon fiber triathlon model!!!  Not sure who was having more of a heart attack!


So here it goes.. start to week 2, things are going well this morning feeling good and looking forward to the challenge this week


The Earl














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Comment by The Earl of Essex on October 10, 2012 at 9:45am

Hey guys, thanks for commenting.  I've had a lot going on in the family life- deaths, illness etc the last few weeks so I havent been checking this regularly.

As for the knee pain its something that I had a while ago and got it sorted out by a PT and it turned out to be due to leg/ muscle imbalance due to a broken ankle some years previously which had affected my gait after it healed.


I dont really have pain while running or biking per se( using the Y's spinning bikes at them moment) its more of a general soreness or low level numbness.

Its on the inside of my right leg just above the knee-  I think its a form of bursitis- but dont quote me as that came from Wed md-  and I could just as well have brain cancer from my knee symptoms as far as diagnoses go on that site!


It responds to stretching-  I have problems with my groin/abductor muscles becoming very tight and my calfs and hamstrings are also pretty tight.

I really think its all one big muscle tightness problem-  if it still persists after another 3-4 weeks I will go back to my PT and he can help sort it out

As for the oil-  I just cant do it..





Comment by Brian Splash on October 10, 2012 at 12:07am

Really , l cant stand the smell of the tablets , could't do the spoon !!!!!

Comment by Carl Monster on October 9, 2012 at 3:52pm

Brian, sounds like you are taking tablets...I hear it's better to take the oil by the spoonful; that's what I do...yummy, lol.

Much better dosage, higher.

Comment by Brian Splash on October 9, 2012 at 2:57pm

l must have missed the first blog outlining what you are actually doing , but as SB has mentioned that you are doing a tri . 

l take fish oil , about six double strength a day to help an elbow issue in my weight training .

As for the bike , l bought a mid range carbon fibre , l ride it every sat morning and l have had a few issues with the carbon where the water basket screws in , it has been fixed twice now and if l were to buy again l would have bought the alloy for half the price and getting anything fixed would be easy .

Good luck Earl 

Comment by SB on October 9, 2012 at 11:23am

Is the knee pain associated with running?  If so, try alternating your running and cycling.  The cycling will help stretch out the muscles and tendons.  If the pain is from the cycling, then you likely have your bike mis-adjusted.  There should never be knee pain from cycling.  If that is the case, describe it in detail here and I’ll give you my two cent opinion; or take the bike to your local mechanic and see if they will run you and the bike through a Fit Kit test, which actually uses measurements to fit the bike to your body.  Also, I don’t know your age, but I find as I get older that training in the morning leads to more injuries.  I seem to need the whole day to warm up and stretch out.

If I remember right, you are planning to do a short tri, right? If that is the case, don’t go overboard on the bike.  An off-the-shelf Cannondale or Cervelo with mid-range Shimano equipment will serve you well.  The performance differences between top of the line equipment and mid-range is negligible.  Same with the weight.  A reasonable priced bike will weigh a bit more, but you can compensate for it by skipping a couple of beers and bring your weight down.  When I was younger and very fit we used to laugh at the older guys riding ultra light, expensive bikes yet were carrying an extra 20 pounds of beer gut.  Don’t be one of those guys.

Good luck!

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