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Ortho Appointment First we looked at the MRI. The menisci and ligaments were all intact. The effusion was obvious, but not really a revelation. He wasn't so concerned about the Baker's cyst because it's more of a consequence of the effusion, most likely. The bones looked great, except for an incidental (and inconsequential) finding of a small bone cyst in the metaphysis of the tibia. The surrounding musculature (including the IT band) all looked normal as well. He thought a redundant plica was unlikely due to the location of the pain, and the appearance of the MRI. Despite intact cartilage, he thought it was still possible a small area of cartilage damage was possible. Otherwise, he thought my condition was "curious." We elected to go with the steroid injection today. He injected 5cc of a kenalog/marcaine solution into my knee. The knee felt better right away from the marcaine, and tonight, it continues to feel better, although not 100%. He said full effect won't take place for 2-3 days. We'll see - I'm trying to remain optimistic.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 2 Sick: 3
  • 36m
  • 1531.06 yards
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200m warmup
1000m drills
200m cooldown

I'm hoping to do a long swim on Wednesday.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 2 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 4 Sick: 3 Overall Workout: 3
  • Basketball
  • 15m
Played a game of HORSE with my dad, and then shot around for a while with Tony. Other than yesterday morning's ride, this weekend was mostly consumed with taking down, transporting, and rebuilding a swingset for the girls. One of our nurses has children age 9 and up, so they were looking to get rid of theirs. It's still in good condition, so it works well for us. It was quite a project, though. The knee is pretty sore from the weekend. I'll try to get to the gym to swim tomorrow, then I have my appt. on Tuesday morning with Dr. Honkamp.

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 3 Soreness: 1 Sick: 3
  • 53m 25s
  • 17.48 miles
  • 19.63 Mi/hr

Not a bad ride, but fairly chilly at just 50 degrees. If I ride this temperature, I should get some of those shoe covers becuase my toes are freezing!

I'm still pushing more with the left leg due to the soreness in the right knee, so I got a little cramping in the left hamstring. So I need to work on that. But mostly, I just need more Time In The Saddle, if you know what I mean.

  • Health data: Sleep: 2 Stress: 3 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 3 Overall Workout: 3
  • Basketball
  • 20m

Shooting around with my dad in the evening. I really like having a hoop. I don't know why it took us this long to get one.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 2 Sick: 3
  • Basketball
  • 1h 00m

A game of HORSE, a game of tips, and a game of 2 on 2. All at 8 1/2 feet.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 2 Sick: 3
  • 1h 00m
  • 2624.67 yards
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200m warmup
1000m drills
1000m - 18:55
200m cooldown

I hadn't done any drillwork for a while, and I could tell my form was deteriorating a bit. Next week, I think I may go for a long endurance swim sometime.

  • 25m 02s
  • 8.52 miles
  • 20.42 Mi/hr

I was debating whether my knee felt good enough to go for a ride. I decided that I was just too anxious to pass up an opportunity, so I took the bike out for a quick spin.

I thought the bike was fast before, but now I think I'll really be moving. The new aerobar setup is SOOOO much better. I was able to stay in the aero position for the entire ride today, except for cornering, of course. The positioning of the forearm rests and the extension of the bars still need some tweaking. The guys at the bike shop also tuned up the gearing and brakes, and re-positioned my bike computer so it's in the center of my bars, thus easier to read. I couldn't really push hard with the right leg, so I was getting a little cramping on the left side, from compensation. I think it was important for me to keep this ride short because of that.

I was able to maintain a 20 MPH average, despite a 20 MPH wind and a bum wheel (mine, not the bike's). Granted it was only for 8.5 miles. But still, I'm very excited to see how this bike performs in calm conditions.

LATEST UPDATE ON RIGHT KNEE 2008 Here is what we talked about with regard to the knee. He thought the cartilage looked "pristine." He was not so concerned about the Baker's cyst, but more about the effusion. He was wondering why the effusion was there - usually there is something that causes it. Sometimes you can have minor damage to cartilage or bone that the magnet doesn't pick up. He thought we could either 1. leave it alone, 2. inject steroid for temporary anti-inflammatory purposes, or 3. scope the knee to see if there is some minor fraying or tearing somewhere. I'm going to go in to look at the MR with him, and then we'll decide. I feel like I've already been doing #1, so I'm leaning toward #2 right now. If we can get the inflammation under control, I can get back to training and competing throughout the summer. Then, if I'm still having trouble in the fall, we could scope it then. We'll see.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 4 Soreness: 2 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 3 Overall Workout: 4

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