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PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:58 pm 
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Right, O wise ones...

The knee's forgiving me for that fixie nonsense. I've dug the physio note out from under the angry bank letters and the cat, and am being a Good Boy about that. There's a non-zero chance that it'll be a goer.

What's the best strategy for the next two weeks, then, to make Dunwich intact? Given that I'm running on a base of just commutes and the occasional 40-50 miler, plus Veteran Wisdom [TM], should I just stay off the bike until next week, do a light commute to see how it goes, and decide then? The endurance/conditioning part will, obviously, have to be blagged with zanshin and EPO.

Workable? Or fecking stupid? I can't tell, I'm too close to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:16 pm 
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AndyGates wrote:
Right, O wise ones...

stay off the bike until next week, do a light commute to see how it goes, and decide then?


Summat like this, I reckon. See how the wheels turn.

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Workable? Or fecking stupid? I can't tell, I'm too close to it.


Could be both.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:58 am 
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You're not going to get any more endurance-fit between now and the Dun Run, so don't try. Give your knee a couple of days for the inflammation to go down (if it hasn't already) then give it a few days of support exercises (single leg steps, single-leg squats, working on the medial glutes) and bashing at the ITB with a roller. After that try the bike and make sure you warm up gradually and stretch afterwards.

It's both doable and stupid. Take plenty of painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen or paracetamol and aspirin, but not aspirin and ibuprofen) and find someone who will keep you company on the ride.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:22 pm 
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Ravenbait wrote:
It's both doable and stupid.


What finer encouragement could there possibly be?

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:20 pm 
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Thing is, doable and stupid is what hurt it in the first place.

I could handle blowing up at Framlingham, but I fear greatly blowing up at Dunmow.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
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Well, as with all events, if you're not comfortable doing it, don't do it. There will be other Dun Runs (I'm thinking about doing it next year myself). You will not get another knee.

I've just scratched the rest of my season and have decided not to sign up for anything until next year, unless the orthopaedic consultant says otherwise. Recovery is more important.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:18 pm 
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Stay home and play with us. Seriously. For once I know I'm right.


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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:49 pm 
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Doing the sensible thing isn't much fun, but when it's a knee at stake, the sensible thing is to recover.

Last time we rode the 'Run we encountered some poor sod hobbling along about 15 miles from Dunwich. He had teh sadness.


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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:57 am 
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Why is everything being so sensible?

Oh. OK. Andy's borkedness is an issue, and we want him right. Dunrun will manage without Andy, and Andy will manage without Dunrun. Better lay off for a while and not do more lasting damage which will put you off the bike for longer.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:03 pm 
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I'd kick it in the head. But if you must, ](*,) then ibuprofen gel rub, no riding for a week, then gently does it on low gears just to get it mobile. Any pain jack it in. Take Ibuprofen tabs and gel on the ride. Ever ridden one legged? I have and you end up with TWO knackered knees. :bleurgh:

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:39 pm 
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Well, it's tweaky as you like doing a crosstown lunchtime twiddly Brompton errand, so I'm calling it.

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 Post subject: Re: Bork strategy
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:12 pm 
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It's always frustrating when you know you ought to be able to do something, when you've managed fine before. But having the discipline to step back and on balance not take a risk? It makes you feel a bit cowardly, but that's risk: some you win, some you lose. Sometimes "the only winning move is not to play."


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