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    One legged pedaling

    I'm currently sporting this full length model on my leg. Busted my Tibia, New Years Eve.

    3 more weeks in this blasted thing.

    Anyway, I desperately needed to get some mountain air into my lungs this last weekend. I was slipping into a bad funk and needed to somehow get some pedaling in.

    I removed my non drive side pedal and was able to get in about 10 miles. It may not have been real MTB'ng...but, it did my head a world of good.

    My question is this..... Aside from the inherrent risks...do you suys see any downside to this? My left leg has already atrophied, and my good leg is going to have to do double duty for a long time anyway.

    Do I risk some sort of biomechanical long term damage? Am I creating some sort of unbalanced hip/core trouble?

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    Do I risk some sort of biomechanical long term damage? Am I creating some sort of unbalanced hip/core trouble?

    I would say at your age your several steps away from a nursing home any way. So go for it, what do you have to lose?

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    Maybe just take a chill pill? Your going to do more damage by falling with a broken leg and no helmet.


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    Aqua, how's it going?

    xcguy here. Just thought I'd post something so this thread would bounce up to the top and maybe catch someone's attention who might have some insight for you. How soon for the cast to come off? How's your mental state! Remember, this is the forum where you can tell us what you really think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    xcguy here. Just thought I'd post something so this thread would bounce up to the top and maybe catch someone's attention who might have some insight for you. How soon for the cast to come off? How's your mental state! Remember, this is the forum where you can tell us what you really think.

    Hey XCGuy!

    Thanks for pointing me to this forum a few weeks back. When I first saw that it (Rider Down) had been added to the menu I thought, "Now there's a forum I have no interest in".

    But, lately I find myself reading more and more of the threads here, (especially the ones discussing Knee injuries).

    It really helps me to grasp what I'm dealing with to read about what others have gone through. Their various surgeries and healing times. And of course the varied PT regiments.

    I'm well over the hump now. I get this EFFING cast off in less than two weeks and I am counting the days. We'll reevaluate the need for surgery at that point. I do have a Meniscous tear.

    I've been hitting the gym at least 3 nights a week working on upper body stuff and doing an ab/core class 2 times a week. I've got a trainer lined up to guide me through mobilty recovery and strength training. I'll also be doing aggressive PT with a specialist that my Ortho guy refers me to.

    Whatever it takes..whatever the work I have to put in...I plan on coming back stronger.

    I catch some flack from people (mostly on the internet), for riding right now. Here's something that I cross posted in another forum a few days ago:


    Interesting observation as to what resonates with some people that that they feel compelled to take a "hide behind the keyboard e-swipe".

    More telling by some posts, is the number of weenies who were sheltered by Mommy and consequently never take any real risks in life.

    When your non mountain biking friends and family tell you that you are insane for mountain biking....What is your reaction to that?
    I suspect that it's difficult for you to try and convey the risk vs reward thing, eh?

    I'm in a cast. It sucks. But, It's doing me a world of good to get out (off of the couch) and breathe some mountain air and retain some semblance of fitness. The positive vibes and support that I receive from people I run into on the trail inspires me. I'm not advocating nor promoting this to anyone...it's just something that's working for me.

    If I fall on my ass and bust my other leg...rest assured, I'll be the last one to ask for any kind of sympathy.

    I appreciate the concern of those people who can't think outside of their self imposed little comfort zones. No, really.
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    Jeez Aqua

    now you're riding on ice! At first it looked like you were on some upper part of Hall Ranch outside of Lyons, CO but then I realized you'd be riding through maybe two more feet of the white stuff. I remember the day I thought my cast was going to come off--turns out in my drug-induced delirium I had marked the wrong date down (left-handed) on my calendar and it was the day before! "Sorry, the next date is in two weeks!" Well, f!ck that, get me in there!

    I was so incredibly psyched to get that freakin' cast off and start PT! Well, after what seemed like hours of pleading I got in that same day. Then, of course, I got to see what used to be my right arm and was now something else, some withered thing that seemed unbelievably fragile and definitely needed work! Be ready for that shocking moment. And line up your first PT sessions in advance because if they're good at what they do their schedule will be full and you'll have to take your place in line.

    So, everyone's hoping you don't need surgery but if you always plan for the unexpected you won't be surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    Hey XCGuy!

    Thanks for pointing me to this forum a few weeks back. When I first saw that it (Rider Down) had been added to the menu I thought, "Now there's a forum I have no interest in".

    But, lately I find myself reading more and more of the threads here, (especially the ones discussing Knee injuries).

    It really helps me to grasp what I'm dealing with to read about what others have gone through. Their various surgeries and healing times. And of course the varied PT regiments.

    I'm well over the hump now. I get this EFFING cast off in less than two weeks and I am counting the days. We'll reevaluate the need for surgery at that point. I do have a Meniscous tear.

    I've been hitting the gym at least 3 nights a week working on upper body stuff and doing an ab/core class 2 times a week. I've got a trainer lined up to guide me through mobilty recovery and strength training. I'll also be doing aggressive PT with a specialist that my Ortho guy refers me to.

    Whatever it takes..whatever the work I have to put in...I plan on coming back stronger.

    I catch some flack from people (mostly on the internet), for riding right now. Here's something that I cross posted in another forum a few days ago:


    Interesting observation as to what resonates with some people that that they feel compelled to take a "hide behind the keyboard e-swipe".

    More telling by some posts, is the number of weenies who were sheltered by Mommy and consequently never take any real risks in life.

    When your non mountain biking friends and family tell you that you are insane for mountain biking....What is your reaction to that?
    I suspect that it's difficult for you to try and convey the risk vs reward thing, eh?

    I'm in a cast. It sucks. But, It's doing me a world of good to get out (off of the couch) and breathe some mountain air and retain some semblance of fitness. The positive vibes and support that I receive from people I run into on the trail inspires me. I'm not advocating nor promoting this to anyone...it's just something that's working for me.

    If I fall on my ass and bust my other leg...rest assured, I'll be the last one to ask for any kind of sympathy.

    I appreciate the concern of those people who can't think outside of their self imposed little comfort zones. No, really.
    Well Steve I have known you for what? 18 years now. And I have never seen you take things slow. You go full throttle with every thing you do, and by the looks of this little set back I dont see anything different in your style. I say fock all those negative remarks people are making. And do it your way, like you said, work on what you can and come back stronger. Just by getting out on the bike your mind gets stronger. I.M.O. all those people that make those remarks are just jealous. Keep up the good work brother and rock on. I hope you heal correctly.

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    I did more than a few weeks of one legged riding this summer after I bagged my left knee on an attempted bail... since I was able to bend my knee and bear just enough weight to limp around I could still get on the bike and do some right legged pedalling and basically let the left leg come along for the ride.

    But riding in a cast ?

    You rule.

    This belongs in the Passion forum as there are too many people whining about the snow and the cold and here's a guy in a cast, riding in the snow.
    I ride with 65'er...he's a mountain goat....But then again, we need to throw him in the mud and pack his pockets with lead shot before a scale will read him. - Psycho Mike

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    145 more hours!

    I swear....I'm gonna get a zipper put on this cast when it comes off. I met the most beautiful chica out at Lake Murray, yesterday. (I have been riding about 5 miles per day). Anyway, she was about 5'4". 110 lbs. Dark hair. 30 years old. Insane body and resembled Terri Hatcher. She was jogging around the path.

    When I rode by she inquired about my cast. We struck up a conversation and I immediately became hypnotized by this fine creature. She lives nearby, has two kids, studying to be a nurse...yada yada yada.

    She seemed interested and wanted to know all about me.(I know..weird, huh?) I asked he if she'd like to grab some Thai food and she said......

    "I'd love to if I didn't have a boyfriend!"


    ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!



    [SIZE="4"]145 more hours in this thing.[/SIZE]
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    So where's her autograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    I swear....I'm gonna get a zipper put on this cast when it comes off. I met the most beautiful chica out at Lake Murray, yesterday. (I have been riding about 5 miles per day). Anyway, she was about 5'4". 110 lbs. Dark hair. 30 years old. Insane body and resembled Terri Hatcher. She was jogging around the path.

    When I rode by she inquired about my cast. We struck up a conversation and I immediately became hypnotized by this fine creature. She lives nearby, has two kids, studying to be a nurse...yada yada yada.

    She seemed interested and wanted to know all about me.(I know..weird, huh?) I asked he if she'd like to grab some Thai food and she said......

    "I'd love to if I didn't have a boyfriend!"


    ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!



    [SIZE="4"]145 more hours in this thing.[/SIZE]
    I read an interview with Terri Hatcher recently and she said she really digs a guy in a cast. You should give her a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    I swear....I'm gonna get a zipper put on this cast when it comes off. I met the most beautiful chica out at Lake Murray, yesterday. (I have been riding about 5 miles per day). Anyway, she was about 5'4". 110 lbs. Dark hair. 30 years old. Insane body and resembled Terri Hatcher. She was jogging around the path.

    When I rode by she inquired about my cast. We struck up a conversation and I immediately became hypnotized by this fine creature. She lives nearby, has two kids, studying to be a nurse...yada yada yada.

    She seemed interested and wanted to know all about me.(I know..weird, huh?) I asked he if she'd like to grab some Thai food and she said......

    "I'd love to if I didn't have a boyfriend!"


    ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!



    [SIZE="4"]145 more hours in this thing.[/SIZE]
    Well lets see you dont let a cast bring ya down, but your going to let a little 5'4" girl crush your ego. Pick yourself up and wipe the dust off, there is only 143 hours left.

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    Time Served

    [SIZE="5"]Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh![/SIZE]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    [SIZE="5"]Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh![/SIZE]
    All this suspence and not even a picture of the final product [the leg with out the cast].

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