To Ride or Not to Ride? . . . That is the Question.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

In my last blog, I wrote of my bike accident on the day before Thanksgiving.

Yesterday, I saw an orthopedic doctor and saw several signs that I shoul d resume riding as soon as possible.

Sign No. 1. - My doctor's name. - "Dr. Go". If this doesn't mean start riding right away, then nothing does.

Sign No. 2 - Cast Color - Safety Orange! If I ride on road, drivers will easily see me nd provide extra room. If I ride off road, then the deer hunters, will be less likely to shoot me!

Sign No. 3 - Cast Shape. This thing is perfectly shaped for me to grip the flat bar on my mountain bike and control the front brake and front derailleur !

Sign No. 4 - What Dr. Go did not say. He did not tell me not to ride. . . . But I did not ask him if it was okay to resume riding ASAP.

I am thinking about shopping for a new bike helmet at the local bike shop this afternoon (my old helmet was damaged in the wreck). A reasonably priced helmet would clearly be a 5th sign that I should resume riding ASAP. I'll also do some on line shopping for a new helmet as well.

I need your input. Resume riding ASAP or wait for the 5th metacarpal in my left hand to heal?

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    Ride, but go slow at first to make sure you are really ready. The pressure on the hand can hurt it. Stationary bike (bike on trainer) could be an alternative so you can ride no hands. Do interval sprints if doing training to get heart rate up. Word of caution on the cast. It will get funky fast if you sweat a lot. You MUST get a new helmet. Rule of thumb if it is ever hit hard it should be replaced even if you don't see damage. Brains don't cast well and are pretty hard to replace.

    One alternative to riding is steep walking/running where you set the treadmill up to max incline and do intervals. It should be challenging given your workout.

    To me the ultimate sign would have been if the doctor put a hook on the cast for a blinker. Joking aside, do ask him first.
    2031 days ago
    2031 days ago
  • BILL60
    I say, Go For It, but be careful.
    2033 days ago
    But get a new helmet, go on easy ground, take it easy, and stop if it doesn't feel right!!!
    I know how much I missed it when my right hand was operated on this summer. Unfortunately, I had no choice as I could not use the hand on the rear brake or the shifter. Not to mention, I had no use of my thumb and could not even grip the bar.
    One other serious thing to consider - you might want to at least ask your Doctor what he thinks.
    Good luck on making your decision.
    2033 days ago
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