5 days post op; went for a bike ride!

Sitting at home can be very depressing.  So I decided to take a break from elevating my leg and get out on my bike!  I toured the neighbourhood for about 20 minutes using my bike fitted with a BionX electric assist upgrade kit.  That allowed me to pedal at my own pace with my good leg, get a bit of aerobic excersice, and not worry about getting stuck at the bottom of a hill!  I’m still NWB on my left leg, but was able to rest the cast on the pedal with enough force to spin the crank around so my good leg could give another push.

I got the thrill and adreneline rush of real mountain biking just riding around the block!  I had to be very careful not to fall or stop leaning towards my left side since I wouldn’t be able to put out my foot to stop my fall.  It would have been my shoulder against the sidewalk.  Of course I’m used to that from when I was first leaning to use the clip-in pedals.  Felt like I was doing a log ride 6 ft off the ground in terms of concentration required.  Okay, maybe not quite, but it was more fun that usual just riding on a sidewalk.

Anyway, trying not to get too bored and enjoying the outdoors, if only for 20 minutes between lying on the couch with my leg in the air.


  1. bode Said,

    April 16, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    Wow-you are a brave soul to venture out on your bike at 5 days. Glad to hear you were safe and survived without a fall. I guess with the special bionics you were in great shape. I’m at 11 weeks and still have not been riding outside yet but I think this weekend I will give it a go. All the best as you recover!

  2. jgsquash Said,

    April 17, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    If your wife is anything like mine she’ll be constantly warning you that the worst thing you can do is re-rupture the tendon and go back to square one!
    I found the first two weeks really difficult, when do you go in and have the cast removed? Are they planning on giving you the boot? I found that to be a real milestone and right now haven’t looked back since.
    Be careful on that bike, what you have to avoid is sudden pressure on the tendon, gentle and progressive stretches using your own muscles should be fine, but that’s way different from you suddenly toppling over and instinctively putting your bad leg out to save you. I tried a static bike today in two shoes and whilst is wasn’t comfortable it was at least some exercise.
    Good luck.

  3. peterh Said,

    April 17, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    Well, so far (fortunately) my wife hasn’t been nagging and telling me what I already know! Accidents always happen when you don’t expect them. You do something “dangerous” and you never get hurt because you are concentrating and aware of the danger. And then “bang” you get a serious injury just running in an open field! Life’s strange that way.
    I go in to “get the boot” at 3 weeks post injury. I want to go in earlier, but the surgeon is on vacation between weeks 2-3. I want to get this cast off ASAP and start reversing the calf atrophy. Patience I will have to learn.
    Thanks for the comments! It’s good to feel like someone is reading my blog!

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