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Can I cry on your shoulder....(13 posts)

Can I cry on your shoulder....High Gear
Jul 17, 2003 5:47 AM
It's been a vary bad year for me cycling/health wise. I have only 600mi in this year. My sciatica got to a point that I did't want to ride anymore. I finally decided to get the back operation that I needed. It's been a week and a half since the op and my pain is gone! I just feel like crap due to my added weight ( about 17lbs.) and being out of shape. Cycling is like an antidepressant for me. I go for a ride then I'm glowing the rest of the day. The operation took more out of me than I would have thought. I needed naps every day the first week. We moved to the West side of the Connecticut river right before the operation and I don't know the roads too well. I have been out on the bike (couldn't resist) about three times for a 15 mile loop. Man, the slightest hill has me gasping for air. I'm taking it easy. My first ride was at 16mph and my last was 17.7mph and I didn't notice my breathing getting getting any better. It sucks not being able to attack the hills like normal. I guess at 41yo. you don't recover like you did twenty years ago. The TdF and this computer have been a big help in getting me through the days out of work. Thanks for listening.
re: Can I cry on your shoulder....03Vortex
Jul 17, 2003 6:30 AM
DO NOT give up. This season may/may not be a wash for you. It is normal to have to come back slowly from that type of operation (and then ride a bike). You say the pain is gone and just think how much progress that is!!! You will get back and continue to get whatever rides in you can this season. Might be helpful to hook up with a riding partner to motivate you to get out there. I used to live in CT and the state has some awesome riding. I lived in Simsbury. While you are new there and may not have someone else to ride with, check with a LBS and/or club to find people to ride with. You need to build your endurance and regain strength and most importantly, motivation.
I lived in that town too.....BigFatSal
Jul 17, 2003 6:18 PM
Hey! I lived in Simsbury, CT too.... Graduated from SHS in 1982. I now live in Sandy Hook,CT.... I wonder if I know you....
I feel your painjtolleson
Jul 17, 2003 7:27 AM
After my big crash 5 years ago, I spent two seasons riding in pain all the time. It just wasn't fun, it was work. Very discouraging. It wasn't until my last surgery (fall of '01) that the fun came back into cycling.

Get healthing and the joy will return. The fitness will follow.
Try a more subjective approach to riding.dzrider
Jul 17, 2003 8:04 AM
You may want to dump the computer while you recover. Just ride pain-free and enjoy exploring new roads. If you don't like gasping, put the bike in an easier gear and spin up the hills. Your situation and looks like it's getting better and you sound like you're letting numbers (speed, weight, age, miles) make you feel worse.
No computer is liberatingpitt83
Jul 17, 2003 8:11 AM
You'll enjoy riding more and won't focus on the things which really aren't important for recreational riding. I went without last season and loved riding every day. Never felt like it was an obligation.

Once you feel well enough, you can concentrate on avg. spped, milage, training goals, etc.

If you haven't yet read "It's not about the bike" and read about LA and his first rides afterwards, you may find some spiritual comfort there.
I'm with youFrith
Jul 17, 2003 8:10 AM
1. One of the worst springs in history
2. Sun comes out I get sick.
3. I get better start to get on form and a knee injury puts and end to that
4. Nursing knee injury back to the point where I can ride consistantly for decent distances and I get my second cold of the summer after none all winter.

None of this is as serious as your injury although I suspect knee surgery is in my not so immediate future. I'm back out there trying to build up my fitness again and getting dropped consistantly by people I used to drop. Hills are torture for lungs and still not so fun for knees. I'll get back there though and so will just takes patience something I'm finding I don't have boatloads of right now. When you hit that hill that you're sure wants to eat you lyrcra and all get to the top turn around and climb it again just to show it who's boss.
As am I.....Jervis
Jul 17, 2003 10:27 AM
though thankfully I don't think I'll need surgery for my knee. Have been off the bike since the L.A.T.E. ride in Chicago last weekend (torture) and will probably have to work myself back up to condition. The way I see it it's a good thing that you're gasping, better that than breezing up the hill without any effort put forth. I always like being tired and sore (to a point), it assures me that I'm doing something and not wasting my time (though no time on a bike is wasted :) ). The problem is my above thoughts on exhaustion are, I believe, the cause of my knee problems. Just push yourself slowly, but don't over do it. No need to force another surgery! Good luck and keep riding.

Jul 17, 2003 10:31 AM
It's being off the bike that's torture, not the ride itself. The ride was sweet. Can't beat the sunrise over Lake Michigan. Well, you can, but it's definetely in the top 5, especially after a night of forcing all the motorists to stop for the massive throngs of bikers :)

Been there, done that, got the tee shirt.Len J
Jul 17, 2003 10:11 AM
Man that sucks.

I lost three months last fall after a suprising encounter with a car. Broke 2 ribs, collarbone and a vertebrae in my back. Didn't touch a bike (or do anything else physical for 3 months. Here is what I learned:

The bad news:

1.) I lost fitness faster than I thought.
2.) It has taken longer than I expected to get it back. I had to let go of the expectation that I would get back on the bike & pick up where I left off.

Now the good news:

1.) Over time, with constant riding, and not overdoing it, the fitness comes back.

2.) As a result of being off the bike, I appreciate the riding more than I ever have. It's a real gift to be back on the bike.

3.) Once healed, the pain was gone.

I know it sucks, but try to be patient. You can control your attitude, is the glass half full or half empty. It's up to you to decide.

re: Can I cry on your shoulder....aliensporebomb
Jul 17, 2003 11:04 AM
Don't give up!

I'm at 750 miles so far but 150 of that was commuting miles.

This year has been very difficult - couples breaking up,
a friend attempted suicide, one of my bikes was stolen,
construction at the house where we have to be there to
let guys in and out to deal with electrical stuff, lots
of emotional drama happening with a particular group of

Riding saves me from the BS of life but I don't always
get the time I want to do what I want..

I turned 40 back in June and can relate - I'm not quite as
resilient as I might have been when younger but keep trying
and ramp up your activity - it will be a while before you
are ready to do any hammering, etc.
Thanks to all...High Gear
Jul 17, 2003 12:13 PM
Cycling is a gift...isn't it.
Going thru this too... And I also live in CT.BigFatSal
Jul 17, 2003 6:24 PM
I had a bad snowboarding accident back in February. Crushed the nerves in my left shoulder. Doctors said I'd probably never regain the use of my left arm. Had just bought a brand new, awesome mountain bike and have yet to ride it... But I'm healing and have just started road riding and running again. It's pretty friggin' rough because I'm so out of shape. Over the last month things have started to improve although I'm still far from my former racing conditioning. I'll keep at it if you will. And I also live in CT (Sandy Hook). So, if you want to go for a ride sometime, I'm up for it. Hang in there and don't get frustrated.