I know this is not a substitute for medical advice, and I will seek some if my knee continues to be sore. I just wanted to see if anyone has ever had such an experience as I have...
Last Saturday (October 27) I did a 105 mile bike ride. I did not train enough in terms of cycling for it (I did a lot more swimming this past summer) but would consider myself very fit. A friend convinced me to do it with "we'll go slow" and "all flat ride" (both true). However, on mile 45 or so, I lost the ability to clip in with my left foot (Speedplay pedals). (Since the ride, I've gotten them checked out and loosened, but still don't know if they'll clip in.) The rest of my body took about 3-4 days to fully recover, but the front bottom right part of that left knee and the upper left hand part of it continue to be in pain a week later (but the knee had been feeling better each day, could bend it farther without pain, etc). The day after the ride I could barely walk on that knee, but now I can walk up and down stairs with minimal pain. I tried riding on the trainer yesterday and that was BAD news - it hurt too much to do that. On Friday a nurse said it looked swollen (but I can't tell that it's swollen). I wasn't as proactive as I should have been in caring for it, but now I'm doing RICE consistently and avoiding walking stairs, putting a lot of weight on it, running, cycling, etc.
My question is: was it all the extra force I was applying with the left leg to spin the pedals around the culprit of this, or could this just be just general overuse? And, is it possible I did a lot of damage, or do I just need to take a month off from leg-impacting and weight bearing exercises? It is feeling less and less sore every day and after icing. Has this ever happened to anyone? Yes, I will go to the doctor's - I'm just off for a work trip for a week and can't get there until I get back into town! Thanks in advance for your advice.