Just the other day, I made a discovery. It was my vastus medialis.
Way back in the day, I was an All-American volleyball player for Juniata College, a Division III powerhouse. While we never won a national title while I was there (but boy, did we try) – our bodies were fine-tuned machines. I look back at our training regimen with horror and pride, then back to horror again.
However, despite all the years of playing volleyball, weight training, running, and generally being quite active – I had never had a strong vastus medialis (knee pain, anyone?) despite trying. It’s also called the tear drop muscle and lives right above the knee. Check it out, we all have a pair.
Since I started to cycle, my body and my perception of it has changed. My tear drop muscle is strong! But more importantly, I appreciate my body in a whole new way. Along with my Saracen (have you guys met yet?), it’s my transportation, my independence, my livelihood. The stronger it is – the faster and more efficient I can be. I value my time and my body gives it to me, especially with a little love and care.
This wee muscle – which isn’t so wee anymore – has quickly become my favourite bit of my bikeable style (a short haircut a close second!). I’m a tiny bit obsessed with it. It’s like when you wallpaper a room in your house, all you can see is wallpaper around you – different colours, methods used, tough curves. I’m always checking out people’s knees – both men and women – and love when they have a good one.
Your vastus medialis is beautiful – give it some love and it will certainly return the favour.