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Back on Boardcp123
May 8, 2001 6:30 PM
Hi all - I haven't been on my bike for approx 10 weeks. About that time humma posted a message asking how everyone went on their particular ride that day. I stacked. Big time - bigger time than I'd initially suspected. It turned out my knee didn't just have cartilage damage, but I'd fractured my medial tibial plateau. So after a number of weeks of immobility, treatment and ongoing physio, it's now on the mend. I still can't straighten my leg completely and bending my knee much more than 90 degrees is relatively difficult. But i got on the other day and did a whole 3 kms (that's nearly 5 miles for you in America). It wasn't pain free but at least now its happening.

Short term goals and races were dropped. My long term goal was for October. It's a ride of 210 kms. It's about 80 kms longer than i've ever done, although before the crash i was able to complete 120 kms relatively steadily. It would have been a challenge in any case, but its become moreso now due to the time off. I want to be riding 80 kms or so a day comfortably within the next month to 6 weeks if i have any realistic chance of doing it well. But i guess i'll take it as it comes. I know the theory about building up again gently and having easier rides, but suddenly October doesn't seem too far away.

But I'm off for another gentle ride later today. stay safe everyone

re: Back on BoardAD14
May 8, 2001 6:52 PM
WELCOME BACK. Hope you recover quickly and come back stronger than ever.
re: Back on BoardLLSmith
May 8, 2001 6:58 PM
Good Luck! Sounds like a pretty serious injury. Exactly what happened? Remember, slow but sure. Larry Smith
re: Back on Boardkms to miles
May 8, 2001 7:23 PM
"did a whole 3 kms (that's nearly 5 miles for you in America)" Don't you have that backward? 5 kms = nearly 3 miles. I would hate for you to think we're riding less far then you ;)
re: Back on Boardcp123
May 9, 2001 6:31 PM
oops! yes - definitely a mistake there. Sorry about that. Maybe i landed on my head as well perhaps?
Back AboardXeke
May 8, 2001 10:23 PM
Several years back, I fell off one of the horses (four legged variety) resulting in a tibial plateau fracture. Meaning the big bone in the lower right leg split down the middle. The surgery included bone grafting and installation of hardware (courtesy the local Ace Hardware store). If the doc really knew how soon I climbed back up on that horse or how soon I was riding the bike, he'd probably have broken the other knee for me.

That first ride after about six weeks aboard the crutches was painfully exhilarating. Even after the tens of thousands of kilometers ridden since, I remember that ride like this afternoon's ride. The knee was stiff, but willing; my teeth grinding for the first five klix of awkward, slow, cautious revolutions. Eventually down to the Beach and back, loosening up well enough that I was grinning oh so stupidly when I got back home, drained and happy.

This is when I learned how much I love a ride.

P.S. I don't have any more horses. The bike budget has expanded nicely to fill in where the animals left off....