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Old 06-28-11, 09:02 PM   #1
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Becoming Terribly Antsy

I fractured my radius just below my elbow as a result of a dumb biking mishap two weeks ago (I can't believe it has only been two weeks). Initially, the doctor said I would be able to return to biking in four weeks.

At this point, I am allowed to take the splint off periodically throughout the day to do some mild exercises. However, it still really hurts when I do, and I can't imagine being able to ride again in two weeks.

The weather here has been fantastic and I am going squirrely from my inability to ride. Has anyone else had a similar injury and if so, how long did you have to wait to ride again?
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When I've been told to stay off the bike I've gone hiking. Friends who have had upper body injuries have done the same.
It's not the same as riding but it's better than nothing.
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Bummer, Miss K. What the heck happened?

I've never had such an injury so I'm not much help except to offer my sympathy.

Take care of yourself and don't rush things.
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I can't relate with the arm injury but a year and a half ago I had my left ankle fused and had to stay off the bike. I think my doctor was overly cautious about allowing me back on the bike and he told me it would take 9 to 12 weeks to recover. I had the surgery on Dec 2 and was able to do core exercises and pull-ups while isolating the foot. On New Year's Day I put a platform pedal on my bike and rode the trainer for 20 minutes. From there I began riding the trainer every other day and increasing the saddle time. At the end of January I did my first outdoor ride of about 25 miles and shortly after that I began riding the rollers. I began indoor cycling classes in mid February, rode my age at the end of February and did my first race the 2nd Saturday in March. Three days after the race I had a doctors appointment where he OK'd me to begin riding easy.

From my perspective, Miss Kenton, I don't understand why you are not riding the trainer every day and doing core exercises and lunges.
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I broke my forearm many years ago and was in a cast for many weeks (six I think). I think it was the Ulna I broke and am surprised you only need a splint, but perhaps a radius break is not as serious. The cast immobilizes the arm so you don't do anything stupid, and I guess the pain has the same purpose. So the pain is a good thing and you should listen to it. Frankly, I think you will be fortunate if it is only 4 weeks.
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take up another sport for the summer. walking? running? hiking?
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I fell off a ladder once and had the same injury!I wasn't biking back then so can't help you with that.It's probably like getting through the winter when you can't ride for the snow.Patience as others have said!
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Nothing practical to add to the conversation other than to say I'm sorry to hear about your problem and wish you a speedy, full recovery.
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Bummer, Miss K. What the heck happened?

I've never had such an injury so I'm not much help except to offer my sympathy.

Take care of yourself and don't rush things.
It was an accident that resulted from my own inattentiveness! When I was having my new bike fitted, my BSG said I might like it better than my 1.5 as the new bike has only two chainrings and would be a cleaner shift. On the day of the accident, I was riding my 1.5 and mentally comparing the shift to the new bike. I shifted and looked down at my chainrings for a moment, when I looked up, I was heading directly toward an iron road barrier, the kind that are installed to prevent cars from entering the bike path. I sharply veered to avoid the post, but caught my shifter on the post. What happened after that is a blur, but TheMister said I did an endo.
When I got up, I was covered in mud and examining the bo-bos on my shoulder, knee and elbow but was not in a great deal of pain. The bike had some significant damage, but I thought I might be able to ride home. I was preparing to get back on the bike, removed my helmet to fix my ponytail, but found I couldn't raise my arm to my hair! That was when I realized something was radically wrong. By the time we got to the ER, I was hurtin' for certain. Now I have a half cast from my wrist to shoulder wound with an ace bandage. It is my left arm and I am left-handed. You just can't imagine how many things you can't do with only one arm!
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That sounds like a nasty spill. I can relate to not riding when the weather is excellent and the bike calls. I have to qualify for the September C&O ride in the next 4-5 weeks. I just had prostrate surgery and am off the bike for at least two weeks (laser surgery is much faster for recovery). I hope I can qualify - I was looking forward to the ride. I'm already going stir crazy.
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I fractured my radius just below my elbow as a result of a dumb biking mishap two weeks ago (I can't believe it has only been two weeks). Initially, the doctor said I would be able to return to biking in four weeks.

At this point, I am allowed to take the splint off periodically throughout the day to do some mild exercises. However, it still really hurts when I do, and I can't imagine being able to ride again in two weeks.

The weather here has been fantastic and I am going squirrely from my inability to ride. Has anyone else had a similar injury and if so, how long did you have to wait to ride again?
It's probably a serious crack rather then a complete break, or you would be in a cast, I broke my left humerus a few years ago, and they put in plates and screws, fortunately for me, it was in late October, so I was ready for winter hiatus anyway. It takes time, and you will need to take it easy, if the docs clear you for riding in 4 weeks, then good, but don't plan on anything more then a mile at first, if the arm feels good, then you can go longer, just make sure you don't fall again this year, it takes 3-6 months for a break to heal completely.
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As you may recall, RG had to switch to recumbents due to elbow injuries.

I hardly think a beard and aerobelly would look good on you, (let alone SPD sandals with wooly socks) so perhaps it's best to follow doctor's orders.

That said, I can quite sympathize with the antsiness of being off the bike. Unfortunately, I don't have any suggestions as to how to alleviate it.
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Thank you all for your support and condolences. I don't own a trainer, I'm not into hiking but, I will walk. It is just that nothing beats the bike and as I drive by other cyclists, I get this feeling of wistfulness, like a dog on a leash that sees a nice, plump bunny just waiting to be chased!
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As you may recall, RG had to switch to recumbents due to elbow injuries.

I hardly think a beard and aerobelly would look good on you, (let alone SPD sandals with wooly socks) so perhaps it's best to follow doctor's orders.

That said, I can quite sympathize with the antsiness of being off the bike. Unfortunately, I don't have any suggestions as to how to alleviate it.
With all the time off the bike, the aerobelly may be easy to produce, however the white beard may require a tad more mental stamina!
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Miss K.

That sounds like a nasty spill. I can relate to not riding when the weather is excellent and the bike calls. I have to qualify for the September C&O ride in the next 4-5 weeks. I just had prostrate surgery and am off the bike for at least two weeks (laser surgery is much faster for recovery). I hope I can qualify - I was looking forward to the ride. I'm already going stir crazy.
Yikes! Obviously, I can't relate to the prostate issue, yet I think if I were male and given the choice, I'd rather deal with a fractured arm as it relates to riding!

However, like you, I have a (MS) ride planned for September. I have no doubt I will be riding by then, but I've never ridden 75 miles before, and I wanted to allow myself plenty of time for training. Every time I get another email from the MS society, I get a little panicked! Good luck in your recovery and training!
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With all the time off the bike, the aerobelly may be easy to produce, however the white beard may require a tad more mental stamina!
I bought my beard at a costume shop and just wear whenever I ride my recombinant bike. I stuff a pillow under my shirt, too.

Maybe a magnetic bracelet or, better yet, a hologram bracelet would help you mend faster! http://powergearbands.com/

Enjoy your walk today.
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Thought this might be you at first, but it's the wrong arm. Your twin maybe?
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A lot of the local rando riders are around my age but have been riding longer. It's amazing how many of them own tandems or have ridden tandems in the past- anyway, if you know a bunch of cyclists (ie, a club), put out the word, see if you can get a stoker position for a while.
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Is this a bike made of spliced-together parts of other bikes (like a Frankenbike), or is it produced by recombinant e-coli?
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Time to sit in the garden and relax with a nice cool one occasionally--I said occasionally as too many cool ones might get the other arm broken. Especially if it is hubbys beer.

Heal quickly but get down the Gym- They have stationary bikes there and you can always crosstrain on other torture machines that may help the shoulder for when you do get back riding.
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I know how you're feeling. My doctor told my family to hide my bikes for a couple weeks

Hang in there....you'll be back on that bike soon.
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