To Helena and Back

Hello from Break Espresso (a more expensive break now!) where I have to my right a big cinnamon roll and to my left a cup of coffee. Out the window the sun has started to light up downtown Missoula and the foot traffic is bustling in preparation for the Farmers Market. I am sitting here thinking that my knee is not ready for this weekend. This weekend is the final race in the MORS series and the Montana state championship (NORBA). This week I have been suffering tendonitis in the left knee and as of last night the participation in Sundays cross country race is in question.

A tendon is a tough yet flexible band of fibrous tissue. The tendon is the structure in your body that connects your muscles to the bones. The skeletal muscles in your body are responsible for moving your bones, thus enabling you to walk, jump, lift, and move in many ways. When a muscle contracts it pulls on a bone to cause movements. The structure that transmits the force of the muscle contraction to the bone is called a tendon. ~orthopedics.about.com

I woke up Friday morning and it quickly became apparent that I could not walk. I know that when I went to bed the night before it felt sore and I was wondering at what point did the injury occur. I think it was Wednesday when I jumped off my bike to try a run-up Cyclocross style while out on a ride. I felt a little something in my knee then. Thursday night I put a little heat on it and maybe that was a mistake. So I guess I will call it tendonitis!

So this is marks a great start on the Cyclocross season. I have been anticipating this year and have a new frame and parts on there way as I blog. I have not received the parts or the frame yet but next week should prove to be exciting. It has been almost ten years since I Cyclocross. I wonder if old age and Cyclocross is a good mixture or not. It is cross season every one!

So now I head out to get supplies and drive off to Helena. When I get there I will make the big decision … To ride or not to ride! That is the question.

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