FRUSTRATED with the limitations of my body!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I've expressed this frustration before, but it's perpetual.
I spent most of my life morbidly obese. That, combined with knee injuries here and there, resulted in osteoarthritis in my knees. The left knee has a reconstructed ACL and has been partially replaced. The portion of the knee that has not been replaced is now bone-on-bone and ripe for full replacement. The right knee is also bone-on-bone. The bottom line is, I wrecked my knees with my weight. I accept that this ultimately is my responsibility.
But occasionally, I want to whine about it. Like today. Now that I have lost the weight, and I want to remain active to keep the weight off, the limitations imposed by my knees makes me angry. Sometimes I ignore the limitations, to my detriment.
Sunday morning I went for a bike ride. This is a no-impact exercise, so it should be good for my knees, right? Except that range of motion is a problem, and bike riding pushes the ROM to the limit. It also requires the exertion of force by the muscles around the joint when the joint is at full-flexion. This is also a problem. I always forget this problem. Ooops.
I rode for 8 miles, and could hardly walk when I was done. Monday morning, I went for a 3 mile run. The run actually made my knee feel better, go figure. So then I went for another bike ride. (Some people have no sense.)
By the end of the day yesterday, my knee was burning when I stood up. It didn't help that I had a 4 hour work shift last night that requires I am on my feet the whole time. I had to take Tylenol just to sleep.
Aaaargh! How am I going to train for a triathlon 5 weeks from now?
Okay, whining over. I've just gotta do it. Supposed to run a 5K tonight, we'll see. But I think I'm off the bike for a few days.