Perry wasn’t kidding about the EcoVelo knee curse. —Alan
I wrote earlier this week about staying the course and choosing to take the bike, even when offered a lift in the car at 5am on a cold, dark, wet Monday morning.
For the committed bike commuter, it can be equally tempting to ignore the signals your body is sending and “ride through” an oncoming injury. I was able to get away with this when I was young, fresh, and fit, but now that I’m approaching middle age, my body is being far less cooperative in this regard.
Earlier this year, I ignored the glaring signals my knee was sending and ended up with an overuse injury that kept me off the bike for the better part of 3 months. I would have been far better off to take a couple of days to rest the knee before it became serious; that’s why I begrudgingly asked for a lift to the train station today. I may be a slow learner, but there’s nothing like the frustration of sitting on your butt for three months to motivate a recalcitrant, over-zealous bike commuter to take a rest day when it’s needed.