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first bike ride in the city ever

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Today i was in Boston for my pre-op appointments for my upcoming knee replacement. X-Rays, drawing fluid from my knee, EKG, anesthesiologist, doc, social worker, Physical therapist....everyone was friendly and great.

Around noon I had 40 minutes to do nothing, so I went out to my car, had my tuna fish sandwich, then took my bike out of the back and went for a nice 20 min ride around the area. I stayed close to the hospital so it was the surrounding neighborhoods, lot of downhill and a good workout back up. More traffic and sharper corners than my quiet neighborhood. No ipod music here!

This is the first time I ever rode a bike in a city, growing up in country-ish suburbs. My grandparents all lived in the city but I don't recall ever riding a bike around when I stayed with them.

The doc that checked me out today and the physical therapist I met with were happy about my recent bike riding and say it it will definitely be helpful for me.

PT said post-surgery it may be a little longer than I think before I can ride outdoors, but stationary will be good. So maybe I'll be thinking about getting an indoor trainer to hook my bike up to. Guess I'll find out soon.

Doc also said it was ok for me to go on a ride the morning of my surgery! I can handle that! We will see! Not a bad day!

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    The weather here in Colorado has been sprinkled with a few opportunities for outdoor rides but most of my Winter rides are on my spare bike that is mounted on a trainer. I wear video eyewear when I ride the trainer and take virtual rides down the California Coast, Through Wine country, down English trails and through Puerto Rico. (Bike-O-Vision dvds)

    I wish you smooth easy surgery and quick recovery. emoticon
    2575 days ago
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    Nice, getting a sweet city ride in, nothing like getting in some quality saddle time!
    2576 days ago
    Sounds like a great day. It also sounds like you have a great attitude about the surgery. My parents have both been through it, and my neighbor too. They all used my dad's recumbent indoor trainer. The found that the upright exercise bike was too painful until they had the full range of motion on their knees. Having helped provide care I think that following the instructions for pain meds and doing the exercises makes a huge difference.

    I ride my bike to and from work in a mid size (500K) city, and aside from the near death experiences it is great!
    2576 days ago
    Scott, I'm really glad you chose not to use the iPod in the city, just way to dangerous! emoticon

    I asked around the OR yesterday, several of our nurses came from the Baptist. They all thought your surgeon did fabulous work.

    Good luck, heal fast, get back on the road!!!!
    2576 days ago
    What a great way to use your extra time!! emoticon emoticon
    2577 days ago
    Love the way you work in fitness wherever you are and that your bike is nearby. There are so many jerks out their driving, I'd be a little hesitant to bike in the city. I've watched a little too much crime drama on TV.

    That reminds me, I'm in the market to buy a good, used or new bike for my home away from home should I decide to fly down here without access to a lot of wheels. A touring bike with basket for groceries would be more my cup of tea.

    Okay, I can hear you chuckling! . . . laughter is good medicine!
    2577 days ago
    Sounds great, I'm jealous--it's only about 1 degree this morning in the Twin Cities, little chilly for bike riding for me!
    2577 days ago
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