I used to feel a slight discomfort on the top of the outside of my kneww when i would spin, but i never felt it when i was actually on my bike. However, this winter i spent more time on my bike than i have in the past, due to run-inhibiting cold weather and having finally bought myself a trainer, and the discomfort just started to come back. My bike is a tri bike, and i had it fitted to me. The discomfort is localized to the top of my knee, on the outside (i.e. on the slightly to the right side of my right knee). I can also feel a slight clicking in the knee (right where the discomfort is) when i extend it, and there is some discomfort even the day after i ride. Has anyone else had something similar? Thanks in advance.
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I hear ya, I get that same kind of knee pain more on the trainer than outside on a real ride. I love the convenience of the trainer but the fit/position just isn't the same as having your bike out on the road. I end up having to make a few adjustments to my positioning when on the trainer versus out for a real ride. I've had the same sort of knee pain and changing up the position a little has helped...the trick is getting things put back in place when you're ready to get outside but it's do-able.
I've also realized that when I'm out on the roads I ease into the workout better and warm up just by heading through town on my way to open roads. However, when I'm on the trainer I didn't used to take the same amount of time to warm up and I know that plays a role in the pain too. I started warming up my legs more before getting on the trainer and starting the workout, that has helped me more than anything to keep the pain/inflammation down.
Do you do any regular strength training? It's good for injury prevention and doesn't have to be anything crazy. Exercises like light squats, lunges, step ups might be good for you.
Interesting, thanks - this does sound similar to what is happening with me. I guess my mistake was thinking that the trainer didn't affect my positioning/etc on the bike. Can you give me any tips on how you adjusted the bike to avoid this discomfort when you have it on the trainer?
At first I was moving around my cleat position to see if that would help but I ended up putting it back to where it was initially. What ended up doing the most good was lowering the height of the saddle and moving it forward just a little. It put me at a slightly different angle and that seemed to be all I needed. Everyone will have a different solution though so when you make the adjustments just do them one at a time, it'll be easier to figure out what does the most good. It can be a bit of a hassle but my thinking is that if it keeps me pain free and I can be more comfortable on the bike then I'll get much more out of each workout.
Be sure to mark (with tape or something) what your original positions are so you can always go back to them. Good luck!
I'd also really focus on VMO strengthening...here's a helpful anecdote to see if that might be a weakness:
To check the contraction of VMO:
If the muscle does not contract, continue to practice whilst pressing down gently on the muscle and concentrating on contracting the fibres underneath your fingers.
If the muscle does contract, you can continue with strengthening exercises:
Holding the Contraction:
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