Let's see ... the good news is the bad knee is not so bad lately. A little stiff and slightly painful at times, but recovers quickly after a workout, so I think I'm back on my way to some decent vaulting again.
The bad news???
I don't think there is any bad news. I was a little concerned after Saturday's sprint workout at the park, when at one point going through some hurdles, my right kneecap sort of tweaked when my foot hit the ground, and the little thigh muscle on the inside (vastus medialis?) seemed a little angry. The knee itself was fine, but now I'm thinking, if I go and hurt both knees, then I'm really in trouble.
It's hard enough trying to train and work out and lose weight and practice vaulting with one sore knee. I don't think I could do it with two.
So I went to the gym Sunday for a light workout, and did some myofascial release rolling on both quads. Grabbed a small 40-pound barbell and rolled it slowly up and down each thigh, as I sat on a flat bench. The left quad seemed in pretty good shape -- no painful tights areas to speak of -- but the right side was full of knots. Oh, brother, here we go.
When I went in today for more strength training, I started off with some incline bench, and in between sets, I rolled both quads several times again with the 40-pound bar, and the left side is happily smooth and pain-free. The right side still had some knots in it, but I did some box jumps, leg extensions, hamstring curls, and a few sets on the abductor and adductor machines, and everything was fine.
I have my first physical therapy appointment Friday, and I think if I can continue to roll and stretch my legs consistently, things are gonna be OK.
Positive thinking, and all that ...
Tomorrow is going to be a stretching, rolling, and low-bar core day, followed by some vault drill practice on Wednesday.
See y'all later ...