June 17, 2013

Plica Syndrome

I finally took to the interwebs to investigate my knee problem and was rewarded with: Plica Syndrome. The plica is tissue inside the knee that can become inflammed...chronically inflammed.

"An otherwise normal structure, a plica can be a significant source of anterior knee pain. Once an inflammatory process is established, the normal plical tissue may hypertrophy into a truly pathologic structure..."

The location and symptoms I have match Plica Syndrome _exactly_ (for example, considerable pain upon standing after sitting for a while) so I am 95% sure that's what it is.
Arthroscopic surgery can "excise" the plica (you don't need it), so I may have that done in Bangkok when I am there in July.
It would be nice to get rid of this pain, which is getting worse....

On a brighter note, my quest to become Kenyan-thin is going well. I'm down to 58.7kg from 61.7 six weeks ago. Enjoying admiring my six-pack abs.... (and in fact am doing some core exercises every day, not just at the gym)

Week of June 10 ~ 16
77.8km / 48 mi.

4:00 - 15k in 1:26:33 @5:45/k
Continuing the easy day aerobic runs.
Weather: 24C/75F
Weight: 59.4kg

11:00 - Gym workout

7:30pm - 12.8km Club track workout 1200 x 3, 1000 x 2, 400
4:33/27/30, 3:42,38, 83 (2' jog, 1' walk)
Felt good. Had several other people to follow. Pushed hard..
Weather: 20C/68F, light rain

3:00 - 20k in about 1:20 (left my watch at the public bath last night - they let us change, go out, and then come back for a bath. much nicer than the locker room at the track)
Weather; 21C/70F but felt chillier - rain
Weight: 59.3kg

11:30 - Gym workout
2:00 -16km at about 5:50/k
Weight: 59.6kg

2:30 - 14k with 10k alternating 4:30/k and 5:00/k. Approx, but pretty close, I'm sure. This is supposed to be a "lactate clearance" workout, to get your body used to handling lactate buildup efficiently. Got it from competitor.com, I think. A good workout, I like it. Basically, it's alternating  "pretty hard" and "moderately hard" paces.
Weather: 30C/86F
Weight: 59.4kg

Rest day due to rain in morning, sore knee and left home at 10:30 to go watch Japan vs. Australia lacrosse. I like lacrosse, great game. This was the Japan national men's and women's teams vs. 23 and under sides from Oz. The young Aussies were no match for the _much_ faster and more skillful Japanese, losing 29-2 and 20-4. It was fun to watch, though.
Weight: 58.7kg


  1. Interesting Saturday session.
    Impressive weight loss !!!

  2. Wow - you thrashed us! Need a re-match at Aussie Rules.

    Sounds like it'd be worth having the op in Bangkok. Try and talk 'em into the 3 for 1 deal - Plica, Kenyan tendon transplant & Facelift.

  3. Ha ha - Kenyan tendons sounds like a good idea. Still happy with my face....

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