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To bike or not to bike (at 4 weeks)

June 20th, 2014 · 4 Comments

I know you can use a static bike to get cardio exercise while on the boot, but I need to use a real bicycle in order to get to the stationary bike at the gym. I don’t have a car since I walk to work and everything else is nearby (besides, traffic in Bogota is insane). I rode my bicycle yesterday and it felt Ok. I’m a bit afraid of having to respond to an emergency and accidentally using my bad leg too hard. I will keep practicing in the garage, and will finally hit the gym next week. It will be good to break the dependency on taxis that I currently have.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 davidk // Jun 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    For what it’s worth, I just got the OK from my PTs to begin using a (regular) bike–at 14 weeks–and I think my recovery is going very well. I can’t tell you what to do, but I do think you’re rushing this. Be very careful. -David

  • 2 boredoutofmymind // Jun 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I thought getting on my bike that is on the trainer was scary enough. Can’t imagine riding at 4 weeks, but I am under orders not to walk until the 6 week mark.

  • 3 juanr // Jun 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Maybe I’m rushing it. The boot might be giving me an inflated sense of security.
    Another option I have is getting on the back of a motorcycle with my wife at the helm. Who knows where I have the highest risk :-)

  • 4 Stuart // Jun 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I think a helmet might be in order for the road :) Although it is not something I would do in reality the risk is more to yourself and I commend you for not driving. If you fall off the bike then the boot will hopefully do its job and you can keep more heel on the pedal and use a higher gear so there will be less engagement of the calf. Hope it goes well. At least you are keeping motivated and happy.