Sunday, March 16, 2014

Slowly Getting Back To Normal...

 So I am now just over 3 months post surgery and I am starting to almost feel normal. I've been back to work for a few weeks and, weather permitting, riding somewhat regularly. I still have stiffness and some mild pain  on occasion, but it's a little better each day.

 I've even been climbing. Just top roping at the gym, but climbing. This was a good weekend. Yesterday I did Marc's Mr. Belvidere ride, it was a tough group, and I suffered, but I got through it. After that I met up with Diane to climb. I was tired and climbed like shit, but it still felt good to climb. Today I decided to do the Peoples group ride figuring I could sit in for 50 flattish miles. Unfortunately we had a head wind coming back and there was no sitting in, but again, I survived and managed two good rides this weekend.

 I am hoping for dry trails soon, since my doctor has cleared my to mountain bike. In the mean time, I will continue riding the road.

 Cheers,
Buddy

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weeks 5 and 6...

 My knee continues to improve a bit each day, though still not fast enough. I had a visit with my doctor, at which I asked when can I start riding again. He said 3-4 weeks. We all know that means 3 weeks.
  Jay, my PT guy, changed up some things. I needed to start really working on strengthening my quad.  My affected leg is starting to catch up to my healthy one. This meant a change in routine. Concentrate more on strengthening and stretching, and less on range of motion, since I have that back anyway.

 During last weeks PT session we were talking about climbing. Jay didn't see any problem with me doing some top roping at the gym. I was also told that I could ride outside with flat pedals. So of course I did both. Neither was very impressive, but it felt good to start back doing the things I love to do. My ride was short, slow, and just around town and the neighborhood, but it was nice to be moving and hear the wind in my ears.

 I met up with Diane and Chip at DRG for some climbing Saturday. I only did 3 easy routes, but the knee didn't seem to be an issue, so I will try to go again this weekend.

 Once all this snow is gone, I will be able to ride the road, regular pedals and all. Can't wait for that.

 Thanks for reading.
Cheers,
Buddy

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Week 3 and 4...

 So, things have been moving along fine. Not quite as fast as earlier on, but forward none the less. I've pretty much worked out when to back off and when to push it.

 Having said that, I did wake up last Thursday in a bit of discomfort. My knee just felt like crap. I had PT that day, so when I told  my therapist, we decided on an easy day. I hadn't taken any easy days up until then because I just wanted to keep seeing progress, but I guess what they say is true. Some times you have to take a step back to take a bigger step forward. This seemed to work.

 Today was my Re-evaluation before my next doctor visit, which is Thursday. Everything is going better than expected. My quad strength is at about 85%, which is really good for 4 weeks post op. My range of motion is only a few degrees away from full. I still have a lot to work on, and a ways to go, but the progress thus far is encouraging. I just hope the doctor tells me I can lose the brace and start riding again soon, but I know I am a minimum of 2-3 weeks away from that.

 Cheers,
Buddy

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Week 2...

 This past week saw some progress and also showed me what happens when you do too much. The best thing was being able to actually pedal all the way around on the stationary bike. I was very excited. PT is going well and up until Saturday I was improving every day.

 Saturday we went to a Christmas party and I spent too much time on my feet. I was just trying to be social, but it cost me some unnecessary swelling. This is something I need to really avoid if I'm ever going to lose the crutches and the very uncomfortable knee brace. I followed this stupidity up with even more stupidity. Sunday night was the Eagles game. Even though the Eagles accommodated us with handicap accessible seating, I still had a long walk in and out of the game. This didn't help swelling issue. So, I spent Monday taking it easy and icing a lot. Things have settled down now and I have definitely learned my lesson.

 So now I will set up the trainer and try to spin every day. No resistance yet, but spinning will be good.

 Cheers and Merry Christmas to all,

Buddy

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Week 1...

 So am now 1 week post op. The first few days things were going pretty well. I was making progress each day, I even started PT. Then Saturday I developed some pain near one of my incisions, plus it was warm to the touch, it hurt to put weight on my leg. It didn't seem top getting any better so I called my doctor and he had me come in and see him between surgeries.  The whole time I'm thinking infection, and more surgery and hospital. Turns out it is a Possible, Minor skin infection. He put me on antibiotics as a precaution. Its another case of me being my own worst enemy. I've been over doing it, Big Surprise.

 Today was my second PT appointment, and it went well. Plus my knee feels better. Now I have to really be patient, and follow doctors orders.

 One day closer to being back.
Cheers,
Buddy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

On The Road To Recovery...

 Since I tore my ACL and medial meniscus I have been doing everything I can to make my knee strong going into surgery. It started off with some simple exercises and stretches, then progressed to riding.

 I started on the trainer, then the road bike and eventually I was able to ride my mountain bike. I got in 3 months of solid riding culminating in an awesome road ride led by Fatmarc. I was hoping for a mountain bike, but the weather had other ideas. So went with the Mr. Belvedere loop. I love that loop and I got to share that ride with some great people, Nick, Kurtee, Chris, Steve, and Shane. It was chilly and windy, and worth every pedal stroke.

  I had my surgery Tuesday and am now on the road to recovery.  Surgery went well, and I am looking forward to PT which starts Friday. Its going to be a long road, but I welcome it. I am anxious to get back on the bike and get back to climbing and hiking. In the mean time, I will follow Doctors orders.

 I will see you all out there soon.

Cheers,
Buddy

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Baby Stepping...

 Its been 3 weeks since I tore up my knee. The hardest part of it has been, that I can't do much, and the weather has been spectacular. Sure, I've taken a few walks, but it just isn't enough. I have a set of exercises I do everyday, and they seem to be helping, but it is a slow process.

 I am currently in classes at work, and they run through the first week of December, so surgery won't be until after that.

 Today things got a little better. Last week I managed to spin on the trainer. It took a while until I was able to bend my knee enough to pedal, but I am there now. So, today I through flat pedals on my road bike and went for a ride. It wasn't much, and it was pretty slow, but I was outside and it felt awesome to pedal around. The hardest thing was trying to not do too much. Hopefully I can progress to clipless pedals again, but if not so be it. At least I can get outside.

 Cheers,
Buddy