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Old 07-15-11, 06:40 AM   #1
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Ready to Get Back to Biking

About six months ago I crashed my bike going down a hill at about 25 mph and suffered a complete right humerus fracture. I had a three hour surgery that night, and have spent the last several months in PT and having myofascial release but I've been hesitant to get back to it. I've ridden several times but have yet to get back to normal with riding. It doesn't help that I live in Central Texas where it's 100+ degrees every day.

I am coming back to this forum because I just need some encouragement. My right arm is not the same and in fact, it will never be normal again. I cannot fully extend or flex my right arm normally; I can live with that.

I never felt as good as I did when I was riding my bike on a daily basis. Now I'm hesitant and skittish. I need to get over it and get back on the bike without feeling like I need to wear a Michelin man suit while riding to protect every joint in my body.

I still have pain off and on (sometimes fairly severe) but I hate feeling like I'm locking myself away in my house and looking with envy at people who are out riding their bikes.

I know it's a mental thing right now - anyone else here suffered a severe injury and have you been able to get back to normal? I'd love to hear your experiences.

This is what I did to my elbow:



Here is my elbow now:
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Old 07-15-11, 07:58 AM   #2
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Getting back on is the hardest thing to do. I never experienced anything like this but I have crashed more than my fair share of ATVs and motorcycles. My injuries were thankfully minor. However, that fear lingers and will fester inside of you until you work up the courage to get back on and ride. Bad things can happen, it's just the way life is. Hell, you might get hit by a bus while walking downtown. If you're going to go out, might as well be doing something you enjoy.

Start by finding a nice quiet trail or road. Take it easy and call the ride when you're ready to. You might just get back on and suddenly remember why you loved riding so much and why you're so jealous of the people out there riding right now.
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Old 07-15-11, 08:01 AM   #3
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