Am I trying too hard? The biggest concern that I have heard from Dr. Behr and Rusty (PT) are that I would do too much too fast. This new pain in my knee may be the realization of that.
I started to do some ankle weights a couple of weeks ago, then Rusty told me to wait until I had the stamina. So I backed down, built up some stamina and then started. Everything was going well, so I started to increase the weight. I added the bicycle, quarter squats and a lot of walking.
Then I started to feel a little pain on the inside of my knee between the kneecap and femur. I got some confirmation that the groove where I feel the pain is where the muscles (particularly VMO and some quad) come together. The pain is greater after VMO exercises and walking. So I backed off a little and it got better.
Then I had a business trip where I carried my computer through the airport. With the added weight of the computer, my leg was pretty sore by the time I got through security, to the gate and back to my seat. Combined with two days of training where I couldn’t stretch or ice enough; I got very sore.
So this past weekend was a painful exercise in doing nothing. I hate sitting around. It is even harder on the weekends when I could be having fun with the family.
It is Monday now, and it is feeling a little better. I think I need another day or so to make sure it fully calms down before I try to strengthen again.
The mental part of the recovery may be the hardest.