So, it's back. The knee niggle and start of knee pain that keeps creeping in. Last time it happened was a couple weeks ago. It went away completely after I took 5-6 days off biking and running.
On the plus side, I swam more when it happened. Angie even commented that my swim had really improved. Undoubtedly the extra pool time helped. On the downside, I can not continue taking nearly a week off of biking and running every few weeks. Not when I'm training for a half ironman in 18 weeks.
I've quite positively linked the cause as cycling. I'm also pretty sure it's linked to the tight calf issue I've had in the last six months. I had a fit done in the summer (which I'm confident fixed many other issues). I've emailed the fitter and asked his opinion. He thinks that it could need an adjustment to a cleat or something, so I'm hoping that fixes the problem. I'll see him on Monday.
I feel almost guilty complaining about it. I know many of you are dealing with much bigger issues. I can still run right now, and it actually made my knee feel better yesterday. I might have to shorten or unfortunately eliminate my biking over the next few days, but I know that this is not a long term problem - yet. I'm getting better at listening to my body when I have these little niggles popping up, so hopefully that will help me avoid the avoidable types of big problems.
It snowed again yesterday. Not a surprise really. We usually get snow in April still, and often in May. Looks like I won't be going outside on the bike just yet...