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 ...