Ditto to all what has been said already. Go back at it slow steady. Remember at our we lose conditioning fast but it seems like it takes twice as long to gain back. I wish weight loss and gain were that as well.
I must have missed one of your earlier post indicating you had an accident. I'm glad you are ok.
Good to hear you're back in the saddle. Sounds like you still have some major mending to do, so very smart for taking it slow.
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"A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness." ó James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist
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Good to see you on the mend!! Knees are tough to overcome, that is for sure. But cycling is the one thing that I have been able to to without a problem since my knee adventures began last year. Thank goodness, because I'd go nuts if there was nothing that didn't hurt!!
Take it easy on the way back, if you push too hard you'll only end up prolonging things. I get impatient, and yes...age does have something to do with it. 20 years ago my injury wouldn't have been much at all, at 49 it's an pain in the patoot!
Take care of yourself and enjoy getting back out a bit!
4 weeks after my crash (see Twisted Metal) I am slowly recovering. I wish things would move along faster but I suppose age might have something to do with it.
The shoulder separation is healing and as long as I donít lift anything too heavy there isnít much pain. The bump from my scapula remains but Iím not big into off the shoulder fashion so that wonít be a problem.
Last week I got the results of an MRI of my left knee. There is a partial meniscus tear and a partial ACL tear. There is also a bone bruise and a small fracture in my tibia; these are both painful but not unexpected given how I crashed. There is also synovial fluid in my calf as a result of a ruptured popliteal cyst. This leads the orthopedist to believe that the meniscus/ACL damage is the result of previous undiagnosed sports injuries and was not caused by the crash. My team sports days are behind me so Iím not planning any surgery at this point. The bone bruise and fracture will take a couple more months to heal. The synovial fluid in the calf will presumably break down and dissipate. The pain is intermittent and tolerable.
The good news is that I was cleared to ride. The doctor says that as long as I donít push it too hard that the cycling will help build strength in my knee. For the time being there are no big gears (knee stress) or big hills (shoulder stress) in my future but at least Iím back on the bike. I did 25 miles Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday evenings.
Iím amazed just how quickly my aerobic conditioning deteriorated. Some say that it takes 4 weeks to recover for every 1 week that you don't ride; based on my HR from the last 3 rides I believe that.
I donít expect to do long rides any time soon but hopefully by the end of summer Iíll be in good enough shape for a slow, flat century or two.
I'd rather be sitting on my bike thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about my bike ...
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