Outside of Thigh MuscleFishbike: Your comment about the outside of the thigh muscle is interesting. I also have enormous oversized thigh muscles from many years of cycling, skiing and hiking. My PT suspects that the fact that the outside of my thighs is so developed contributed to my reliance on that muscle instead of the inside of the thigh. So, she is having me work on strengthening that muscle to "even" things out. Notably, I have had patellar/femoral pain under the kneecap for years - again, my PT suspects it is a result of the "uneven" strength between the inside (Vastus Medii?) and outside of the thigh muscles. She suspect that when I was skiing, I was overrelying on the outside (Vastus Lateralii?) of the thigh, and that overreliance may have resulted in this rupture.
Interesting theory, no?
Glad to hear you are doing well Fishbike. I too, love biking, and am avoiding big hills, although I am managing to do quite a few flat miles. Was hoping to do a Metric Century ride in two weeks, but think I may withhold that pleasure in favor of riding the 35 miler with my 12 year old.
Best to all. Thanks for all of your contributions!