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    Long Road to Recovery. Need some passion!

    Hey folks. Long time forum lurker here! Don't post much but felt the need at this point in my life. Unfortunately on Monday I fell while bouldering and broke my ankle pretty severely. I go into surgery this coming Monday and have at least 3 months until I can ride even on the road again. Even once I get back on the trail, I have to take it easy since my ankle will be held together by some screws / pins. I was hoping that in my downtime, you all could post positive riding (or anything outdoorsy really) stories and experiences. Maybe even post your favorite riding picture! (Would love it if they were taken by you!)

    Thanks folks! At the end of this ordeal I should have a new Trek Superfly waiting for me, so that gives me something to look forward to for sure!

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    the easier it gets, the more you ride.
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    Old picture with my old bike, but nice to remind me of warmer times during the winter...

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    Are those pins and screws alumininum, steel or titanium? We'll be interested to know how they perform on the trail. Readers, please begin a heated discussion of the superiority of each. Advocates for carbon are welcome.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Mine are titanium... plates and pins in both my spine and wrist. The hardware does not weigh me down when riding and despite popular belief I do not set off security metal detector alarms at the airport.

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    Get yourself a buddy and a tandem. I have taken a few people out for recovery rides earlier than they could have on a single.
    Just be very careful!

    As for myself, I did better riding a bicycle pedaling with one foot than I did on the crutches. I remember going to a fireworks show and dreading the crutches for such a distance, so I tried my bike and I was fine.

    Heal well! ...and watch for ice patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Mine are titanium... plates and pins in both my spine and wrist. ...)
    Cyclelicious, you've been through the wringer! Ride on, girl. And I love that smile :-)
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    The screws in my ankle are stainless steel....they don't slow me down due to weight, but they do protrude out so the lumps in my skin cause extra aerodynamic drag.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Cyclelicious, you've been through the wringer! Ride on, girl. And I love that smile :-)
    LOL I've been through the wringer a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej View Post
    The screws in my ankle are stainless steel....they don't slow me down due to weight, but they do protrude out so the lumps in my skin cause extra aerodynamic drag.
    So rad, you have foot pegs!
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    Foot pegs! Oh geeez Judy. You're good for anyone in recovery. Or perhaps even rehab.
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    Not sure on the screw material yet! Will let all know monday! Going to ask for carbon or at least a nice anodized red. Thanks for the pictures everyone, already helping to lighten my mood. Keep them coming!

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    passion abroad

    this picture was taken two yeas ago in nepal. the trail im riding on leads to the peace stupa on a range just south of pokhara. the range in the backround is the annapurna range and the annapurana summit itself is the mountain on the left (8091 m). i did the annapurna circuit (on foot) before arriving to pokhara where i spent a week on a rented commencal exploring the local trails.ahhhhh..good times.
    heal well!!!
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    The next three months will pass faster then you would expect and you'll be back on your bike by summer. Good luck!

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    I have titanium screws in my ankle that broke in three places. Recovery wasn't so bad and it did go by quick. Just a tip... get one of those scooters with the hand brakes instead of getting crutches. They are so much faster and a lot of fun when you are leaving those movie theaters with stadium seating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Are those pins and screws alumininum, steel or titanium? We'll be interested to know how they perform on the trail. Readers, please begin a heated discussion of the superiority of each. Advocates for carbon are welcome.
    Haha! Damn! I wish I had asked for a carbon clavicle plate.

    I can maybe speak for aluminum, while lightweight and rustproof, too malleable. I think constant bumping down the trail would strip the screw heads through the plate. Plus, not too sure aluminum is biocompatible - may be toxic if not stabilized by way of conversion to a titanium/ceramic/aluminum alloy.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Mine are titanium... plates and pins in both my spine and wrist. The hardware does not weigh me down when riding and despite popular belief I do not set off security metal detector alarms at the airport.
    Yeah, I was a little disappointed that I didn't set off any alarms at the courthouse (jury duty). Maybe they only pick up ferrous metals.

    I wonder if those new fangled body scanners at the airport would pick it up as a foreign object. For some reason my left wrist, although not surgically altered in any way, sets those off.

    To the OP, I feel your pain. I'm just getting back into riding after 6 months' recovery from a shattered clavicle. Fortunately this forum provides a good vicarious riding experience as well as a wealth of knowledge with which to return to the sport. Heal well.

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    Today was a great day! Sold two of my bikes to help fund the new one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saladin View Post
    To the OP, I feel your pain. I'm just getting back into riding after 6 months' recovery from a shattered clavicle. Fortunately this forum provides a good vicarious riding experience as well as a wealth of knowledge with which to return to the sport. Heal well.Click image for larger version. 

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    Wow I was just about to tell my recent story and came across yours.

    First off OP best wishes in a speedy recovery

    Three weeks ago on the 8th I had a bad snow skiing crash. Went off a jump and was sprung forward and landed on my head. 43 years of skiing with hundreds of bad crashes behind me I've never landed like this. Nor have I ever been badly injured from skiing. Anyway I shattered my right clavicle at the joint of the sternum. Plus it's severely separated and my sternum is fractured along with one of my right ribs. I've been in serious pain and out of work. I haven't seen any improvement so far. Maybe you could give some insight into my injury seeing how yours is similar. I had a GoPro chest mounted and if you care to watch the crash it's at the very end of this unedited raw footage video.

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    Good luck. Been there myself.
    A good way to take your mind off of it is to get into the gym get your upper body shredded. I did my leg real good when I was 18 and spent a lot of time in the gym. Work your core like crazy and get buff. It is great mental therapy while recovering.
    It might sound crazy now, but you will get better and you will definitely appreciate things in a different way. I know I have for the past 23 years.
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    Good luck with your recovery. I did the same thing in Nov 2013. 12 weeks of no weight bearing at all after the ORIF procedure. Got riding trails (I hate road) 4 weeks after the pin through the tibia and fibula was removed.

    Had the fear every time I thought I was coming off but tested it after another couple of weeks with a dismount on one leg and it was fine.

    Rest up, keep the toes moving, and follow the advice of your specialist. It will be difficult but you'll get past it.

    And a wicked new rig to jump on! Nice.
    Healing vibes......

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    DJ, sorry about your accident.
    Looks like your problem might have been you were on skis.
    Heal fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo View Post
    DJ, sorry about your accident.
    Looks like your problem might have been you were on skis.
    Heal fast.
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    Thanks!
    I don't know if you watched the video but the snowboarder was my older brother who is 58 years old. I'm 53 and am not as limber and tough of a skier as I once was.
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    84VW, be good with your therapy, summon some patience, and try to keep sane with whatever pacifying activities that aren't dicey. I'm not fused but limited, with mucho destroyed soft tissue. I had a bad open ankle injury from climbing as well. You'll never slab climb like you could before, but otherwise not a huge disability. Pads and spotters, bro; better still, a TR. Biking is one of the least restricted activities a kankle brother could pursue, so things look good as long as no complications. If you wanna feel better, read about Ammon's ankle journey. Cheers and speedy rebound...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1984Volkswagen View Post
    Hey folks. Long time forum lurker here! Don't post much but felt the need at this point in my life. Unfortunately on Monday I fell while bouldering and broke my ankle pretty severely. I go into surgery this coming Monday and have at least 3 months until I can ride even on the road again. Even once I get back on the trail, I have to take it easy since my ankle will be held together by some screws / pins. I was hoping that in my downtime, you all could post positive riding (or anything outdoorsy really) stories and experiences. Maybe even post your favorite riding picture! (Would love it if they were taken by you!)

    Thanks folks! At the end of this ordeal I should have a new Trek Superfly waiting for me, so that gives me something to look forward to for sure!
    OK... here's a great story for ya...

    2 years ago, a little less than, April 2013 to be exact. I was run off the road on my bike and broke my ankle, the fibula to be exact. I commute to work every day. 50-60 miles of road work weekly. And dirt on the weekends. So I was way bummed out. My doc said surgery or 6 weeks in plaster, then a boot for month. I chose no to surgery. I live in Phx AZ, so I thought ok, my summer is shot. It's hot as hell anyway. By Mid July, my boot was off and I started my self instructed rehab. Stretching bands and pool work. By mid August, I started riding to work again. By
    Oct I was doing dirt on South Mountain, the easy stuff like DC. By Christmas all SM, Gold Canyon, Trail 100 etc.... By summer, back in Sedona, Flag, Prescott, etc.

    So I know your bumming and hurting now. But you will be back! Just get through the next 3 months and start training hard! Bands are great, do an hour every night! Work on flexibility, motion, and strength. I am now riding all the trails I used too..

    It gets sore sometimes, but don't even notice it now. I just got off the bike, did 20 miles on the road, then another 10 on Desert Classic. Feel great!

    Best Wishes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Thanks!
    I don't know if you watched the video but the snowboarder was my older brother who is 58 years old. I'm 53 and am not as limber and tough of a skier as I once was.
    DJ, we just ain't spring chickens any more.
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