Progress, However Temporary, Progress
Two years after serious spine trauma and a year after the second spine surgery I'm back on the bike. The first 1 hour surgery was a gamble to try to avoid the "big" surgery. The Big Surgery was 9 hours long and involved rebuilding the lumbar spine and then anchoring it to the hip bones.
Still have lots of weird sensations and very weak and unsteady in the legs. It is a minor drama getting on the bike. But, that is progress, it was a Major Event before. I can walk for short distances without assistance instead of the walker I was on. No narcotics since a few weeks post-op.
So far I've ridden a bit over a hundred miles in Rocky Mountain Foothills hills. Not back to a road bike yet, nor to clipping in. There just isn't enough strength in the balls of my feet and my toes for that. Instead I bought a mountain bike, Giant Revel 29er, to ride during the rehab.
Sure feels good to be back on the bike. I'm looking forward to one tomorrow to challenge some hills. I remember the hills being much easier on my LeMond Carbon Fibre bike than on this thing. But, I'm not ready yet to balance 23mm tires.
Joy to all.