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    First ride after TKR surgery



    I bought this bike one week before the TKR (Total Knee Replacement) on my left knee, 3.5 half months later I get to ride it and I love it!!!

    Somethings I discovered:

    1. My leg buckled when I tried to mount the bike for the first time, I had to get on it from the curb. Wouldn't have been so bad, but there was a half dozen riders in full kit watching from the trail. Thankfully, after my leg limbered up, I was able to mount my bike normally later in the ride.

    2. The crank on my Giant has a longer reach than my stationary bike, while I have been using the stationary bike with no problem, on the first couple of revolutions on my bike, I thought the top of my head was going to pop off followed by my knee cap. Fortunately my leg loosened up fairly quickly.

    3. I am totally out of shape. My legs don't feel that bad, but man I can tell that my upper body is going to be sore tomorrow.

    4. I still love biking...No real surprise, but the feeling of being on my bike again, gliding down that path and feeling the burn of exercise was as good as a drug.
    Terry

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    At least you are out there doing something and not using your TKR as an excuse. Keep up the good work and enjoy the time in the saddle. With practice it will get easier and your body will adjust. Just don't over do it at first and rush back into things.

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    EXCELLENT!! I made it out and about my neighborhood today. All told about 2 miles.

    1. They don't know what you've been through, and some wouldn't handle it well. Good recovery.
    2. I went through the same thing after getting along pretty good on the stationary bike in therapy and the Lifecycles at the gym, the 175 cranks on my bikes were eye openers. At least for me, I was using a regular bike on an indoor trainer. I feel ya on this one brotherman!!!
    3. I've been doing pretty good working the upper body. But the workouts and the indoor trainer are certainly different than holding myself up and steering... That return to shape will come.
    4. 100% with you. Just stayed close to the house, though. However, it was humiliating to get dropped by 12 year olds!!!!

    Way to go!!! Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit warmer than today too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    EXCELLENT!! I made it out and about my neighborhood today. All told about 2 miles.

    1. They don't know what you've been through, and some wouldn't handle it well. Good recovery.
    2. I went through the same thing after getting along pretty good on the stationary bike in therapy and the Lifecycles at the gym, the 175 cranks on my bikes were eye openers. At least for me, I was using a regular bike on an indoor trainer. I feel ya on this one brotherman!!!
    3. I've been doing pretty good working the upper body. But the workouts and the indoor trainer are certainly different than holding myself up and steering... That return to shape will come.
    4. 100% with you. Just stayed close to the house, though. However, it was humiliating to get dropped by 12 year olds!!!!

    Way to go!!! Tomorrow is supposed to be a bit warmer than today too!
    Yea, I know, I felt myself wanting to go over and explain...

    As for tomorrow, the Lord willing, I will be out there again. At the very least a recovery ride to work out the stiffness. Besides, we bought my daughter a new bike today, I have a feeling that she will be a motivating force as well.
    Terry

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    Nine years after my two TKRs, I'm back into PT trying to get a better range of motion. I didn't realize it, but over the years my ROM had diminished to 92* in the left knee and about 98* in the right. This caused me to compensate for poor form when pedaling by rocking my hips (reaching toward the left side), leading to chafe and abrasion on longer rides (and one of the reasons I went to a recumbent trike).

    With PT, I've discovered that my hamstrings and quads are weak, and I need to work on core strength. After 2 visits to PT, we were able to gain about 10* of bend in each knee. I may only expect to gain another 10* more. I also discovered that the crank length on the pt/exercise bikes are shorter than the ones the Y used in the spin class!

    How's this for mounting a bike? Lay the bike down on the ground, straddle it, pick the bike up. Yep, that's how I had to do it for a while. THAT's embarrassing.

    With any luck, I can come back a stonger rider this spring... and begin to enjoy riding again. I'm hoping to find the love I once had, but found lacking the last couple of years.

    I'm glad your love returned. <3
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    Judy, one of the tricks my PT had for ROM was on the stationary bike, and keep sliding the seat forward. Works best on recumbent type exercise bikes. I do that at the gym too. Don't want to lose the ROM I have.

    Expected high of 55, its sunshiny and low breeze, what in the world am I doing inside? Lets ride Poperszky!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    Expected high of 55, its sunshiny and low breeze, what in the world am I doing inside? Lets ride Poperszky!!!
    Waiting on my family to finish lunch, then we are he add down to the legacy hwy trail
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    Meaning to get to that trail. A bit out of my way though. Riding down by I80 is fun too. Friends will be here shortly for our ride. Looking forward to my own personal sufferfest... Taking my GPS just for curiousity...

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    Ok, went out for a recovery ride that turned longer than the original. Various aches and pains from yesterday and the inactivity of the last couple of months, but nothing major. And the knee? Absolutely no pain from my knee, it was feeling good yesterday, it felt great today. Started working on building my cadence back up, and had to remind myself a couple of times to back off and not try to do it all in one ride.

    Well, off to the hot tub to soak my sore muscles. Hope everyone else had a good ride today as well.
    Terry

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    Sounds like a good ride... I did ride today, but not with the same success, but better than sitting inside!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    Sounds like a good ride... I did ride today, but not with the same success, but better than sitting inside!
    Well, at least you managed to not fall off your bike, I was playing chase with my 9 year old daughter, and when making a turn to catch her, my front wheel went off the asphalt and buried itself in the soft shoulder, my bike stopped, I didn't.

    I'm fine, the knee is fine, and as asked by 41, both the bike and the shoulder of the trail are also fine
    Terry

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    Yeah, falling is still a big concern to me. Glad you and the bike weren't hurt...Shoulder of the trail, an acceptable sacrifice!

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    Can't Wait To Get Out on My Bike

    After my bike accident five weeks ago (and suffering an open fracture of my right arm with surgery that night), I cannot wait to get back out on my bike. It should be a few more weeks, though. I will admit I will probably be a little skittish and will tend to stay a little closer to home but I cannot wait.

    I hate this PT stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinEm View Post
    I hate this PT stuff.
    HTFU! Sorry been spending too much time on 41

    Anyone who likes PT also has a penchant being on the receiving end of whips, chains and leather restraints. What I did this time was to look past my PT and look toward what I wanted to achieve. My beautiful wife allowed to buy a new Road Bike a week before my surgery, it sat in my home office as my motivation for 3 and a half months before I finally got to ride it. Every time PT got to hard/painful/boring all I had to do was picture my bike to help get me through. The one trouble I ran into is that when I was ready for the bike, the weather wasn't cooperating

    BTW, buying bike is not the only way, a picture of a new bike, or pictures of favorite biking trips will give you the same motivation YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by poperszky View Post
    HTFU! Sorry been spending too much time on 41

    Anyone who likes PT also has a penchant being on the receiving end of whips, chains and leather restraints. What I did this time was to look past my PT and look toward what I wanted to achieve. My beautiful wife allowed to buy a new Road Bike a week before my surgery, it sat in my home office as my motivation for 3 and a half months before I finally got to ride it. Every time PT got to hard/painful/boring all I had to do was picture my bike to help get me through. The one trouble I ran into is that when I was ready for the bike, the weather wasn't cooperating

    BTW, buying bike is not the only way, a picture of a new bike, or pictures of favorite biking trips will give you the same motivation YMMV
    What is this "41"?

    I won't say I enjoyed PT, but I did sort of look forward to it. And missed it really bad the first two weeks.

    New bike is good motivation, the worst times in therapy, replaying favorite rides in my head took me to my "happy place" to push through the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zjrog View Post
    What is this "41"?
    It is short hand from the URL of the Road Forum (http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...1-Road-Cycling)

    HTFU and STFU are two comments you are sure to receive at some point over there.
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    Familiar with both... Though, I think I have used the second far more...

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    Coming up on 6 weeks post TKR surgery, and can't wait to get back on my bike. I'm happy for you guys who have gone through this and now get to enjoy the real thing.
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