After the 1994 Atlanta half-marathon was over I was stiff. Of course, I did all the wrong things to treat my stiffness. I should have taken some sort of anti-inflammatory medication and iced down my knees. Instead, I took a warm bath to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner and I took no medication. Later that day my knees basically seized up. I could hardly bend them. For the next 15 years, until 2009 I always had some degree of knee pain. Stretching was my only relief. I religiously stretched my knees, calves, and quad-muscles before and sometimes after each run.
In 2009 I started running again with more conviction. As I ran more I stretched less. Since I'm doing triathlons I added cycling and swimming to my training in 2010.
So, now I find myself in the summer of 2011 with almost no knee pain. I do have some soreness but that's probably due to muscle overuse. I've gotten to where I stretch very little now. However, if you've seen my pictures from the 2010 Ironman Augusta 70.3 and the 2011 Gulf Coast Triathlon you'll see that after both races I went straight to the medical tent to ice my knees. I leave the ice packs on my knees for about 45 minutes and they're as good as new. You can bet that I'll be in the medical tent after Ironman Florida too.
|2010 Ironman Augusta 70.3 Medical Tent|
|2011 Gulf Coast Triathlon Medical Tent|
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