So the other day I was discussing my knee problem with one of the mega atheletes here at work. He informed me that his regimen to work through pain similar to what I have been having is to take three Ibuprofen three times a day.
I guess that to maximize the anti-inflamatory response that is the necessary dosage. So I set about taking the pills. If you know anything about me, I hate taking pills. I dislike most things like that: doctor visits, vitamins, bandages, medication. It seems to me that humans evolved without such things, therefore I don't need them.
We will see how this all turns out. The pain in my knee is gone due to the Vitamin I. On last night's ride I went hard on the first lap. I stayed on Luke's wheel for the entire first climb. He wasn't feeling too hot and a few times I thought about passing him, but I was getting a good enough workout. On the second lap I just rode with Allison so the pace was much more human.
This morning the knee didn't hurt, despite yesterday's efforts. Good stuff. Hopefully in a week or so I will be able to stop taking the Vitamin I and have my knee be good as new!