It also did something much more destructive. It gave me an injury and now I have to take at least three days off of riding, possibly more. Basically, it stressed my hips out so much that I injured my IT band. This is a common injury for runners, but it also can be common in riders. I noticed that near the outside of my knee, it hurt whenever I bent my leg or went up and down stairs. The pain got worse after working out this morning (do not do squats and jumping jacks when injured) so I actually stopped and looked it up.
|You can see how this band runs all the way from the hips to the knee.|
I have chronically tight hips so in the future I will make sure to do some stretching, but in the meantime I don't need my saddle to injure me! I'm now resting my leg, icing, taking anti inflammatories and feeling cranky about not being able to ride until the pain goes away, lest I create a 'chronic' situation. I'm having NONE of that.
Have any of you ever had an IT band injury? How long did it take to heal? If walking wasn't painful I would go out and at least take the pony for a walk down the road, but at the moment my comfortable spot is on the couch with my leg out straight and an ice pack on it.