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Cold in Castellón

Posted by admin On Enero - 19 - 2010

Iván: This was the last outing since we are in the hands of the doctors due to the knee injury, an obligatory interruption in our 10-day training. Better here and now, than in Norway and too late.

The picture was taken on Sunday 10th January at 0 degrees, neither too cold nor too warm (as it is commonly said). Although you can barely see it, behind us is the Peñagolosa peak next to the rest of the mountain range. From La Barona, place where we are staying, you can see it completely white due to the snow. It was a very cold weekend. We found ice plates were we started, that is at sea level. So imagine how it was up there.

Regarding the brake we took to recover from the injury, I must say it was relative since I have been swimming so much to maintain a good physical resistance, I have started to grow scales. Leg press and quadriceps chairs are completely forbidden, and of course, the bicycle is off limits during these days, and let’s not forget the physiotherapy sessions. What…what is the injury? Well, we are not very sure. The traumatologist says it is a patellar tendonitis and my physiotherapist talks about the possibility of an additional patellar chondropathy, something much worse, because the first is healed with rest since it is just a tendon inflammation, but he other is a cartilage erosion, pff… if it worsens, they will have to operate. In any case, I want to let everyone know I have no intention of losing heart. And a knee pain will not make me pull out from this magnificent project.

Descriptive image of the knee and its possible injuries.

In regard to the bicycle, no hard pedalling rhythms, the seat must be as high as possible, and in my case, I have found a comfortable position pushingit backwards. In this way, my body load does not fall on my knee so I hope not to damage anything else. I will keep you posted on the injury’s development, but I must say the improvement can be appreciated after just a 5-day interruption. The problem will be getting back on track, since these injuries have the bad tendency of being recurrent. I hope this is not the case, or at least that it doesn’t come back until after France, that is mid-July ;)

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