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I'm (finally) back on the bike!!!(7 posts)

I'm (finally) back on the bike!!!Len J
Dec 1, 2002 11:36 AM
After a 9 1/2 week recovery from my accident, I finally got clearance from my Dr to get back on the bike. Went out Friday & rode an easy 1.5 hours, followed by another 1.5 hour ride Saturday. Some observations:

1.) I can't believe how much aerobic fitness I lost healing my back (No cycling for the full recovery time). Yea, it was windy, but seeing how high my HR got barely moving (seemingly) was quite humbling. I keep telling myself, I have all winter to get back in shape.

2.) It was great to just get back out and ride. It was like a part of me that was sleeping suddenly woke up. Joy is a word that describes the feeling.

3.) I feel (Ha) like I've lost all my "Butt callous's". Couldn't believe how sore my butt is.

4.) Did I mention how good it felt to feel the wind in my face again?

5.) The Muscle atrophy in my shoulder and arm from lack of use (Broke my collarbone & 2 ribs)was astounding. Legs were fine, but I really felt the stiffness in the shoulder, neck & forearm the mornings after the ride.

6.) Oh, yea, it was wonderful riding again!.

7.) I was surprised how nervous I was getting back on the bike. I didn't expect the mental effects of the accident to be so strong. I used to feel like I was safe on the bike (I know-it's an illusion), but this past weekend, I was unable to just relax and trust the ride. Hopefully it will come back.

8.) BTW, Riding again was incredible!

How come I didn't appreciate riding when I could do it every day? Taking today off to recover (of course 30 degrees with 30mph gusts have nothing to do with it).

You all be careful out there!

Dec 1, 2002 1:54 PM
Glad to hear you are back on the bike. And nice observations. I'd like to hear more about your recovery process as I'm in a similar situation.

I'm at the very beginning of the healing process. A little over two weeks ago I injured my shoulder at work. I should find out tomorrow the extent of injury and the course of treatment. The doc suspects a torn rotator cuff, but we won't know the severity until he reads the MRI results on Monday.

I've already put on a few pounds a lost some fitness. For the first week and a half after the injury, I couldn't do anything. I was in a sling and competely inactive. I think I was also fairly depressed.

The doc cleared my to remove the sling with the caveat that I not do anything. No lifting. No raising my arm. Definitely no cycling.

I was able to run for 40 min. today at a snail's pace. First bit of exercise in two weeks. Felt good, and didn't seem to affect my shoulder at all.

Anyway, regards and glad to hear you've mended,
Listen to your doctor........Len J
Dec 2, 2002 7:35 AM
and be patient with your recovery. I figured that giving up a little time now would allow me to ride all next summer.

I walked alot (aerobic base still deteriorated but not as far as it might have) & have been religious with the shoulder strengthening exercises the MD gave me.

Best advice I got was from my wife (a nurse): You have to acknowledge that your body has taken a severe trauma and allow it proper time to recover will be with you for a long time.

Good luck

re: I'm (finally) back on the bike!!!Akirasho
Dec 1, 2002 2:56 PM
... congratz on your return... just make sure you ease on down the road... and don't try to overdo it!

We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
Good, let's ride next weekend.MB1
Dec 1, 2002 4:52 PM
I've been wanting to do a nice 130 miler in Southern Maryland down to Point Lookout, Miss M will take it easy on you....promise-you can suck wheels the whole way.
Rub salt in the wound.........Len J
Dec 1, 2002 5:15 PM
why don't ya?

I'm struggling to do 1.5 hours and you want me to do 8.5.
Even if my legs and lungs could do it....I know my butt couldn't.

Thanks for the invite.....ask me again in January.

Dec 2, 2002 8:03 AM
I know exactly what you are saying as I went through the same ordeal a couple of years ago. My crash was in the back of my mind for some time. I did not feel fear, but I was much more aware of what can happen out there. I think it made a better rider out of me....

Ride safe