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Old 04-15-10, 12:36 PM   #1
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Ok to ride with Bruise?

I took a hard fall at work and now have a softball sized dark purple bruise on my inner thigh. I'm supposed to go on a long ride (for me) of about 60k, or around 35 miles. Just wondering if anyone knows if it's ok to do so, or if I should back off and wait a bit. I've been doing short commuting rides of 2 miles to work and back, but wondering about the longer distance.
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No one but you can know the answer to that. If you can ride without much discomfort, I'd say go for it.
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As long as you're physically comfortable riding, I don't think there would be a problem.
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Unless the blood is pooling so much that it's sloshing around in there like a water filled balloon, go ahead and ride.
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Do you have any problems related to teh bruise on your short rides? My one caution is the usual caution for going longer, that thigns that yuo barely notice on a 10 mile ride can become unbearable on a 60 mile ride, could be squared with an existing condition.

Might be wise to have a bailout plan. Better to have one and not use it than to need it and not have it.

As other have said only yuo can decide. I know some people who can have a bruise and never notice it (like me) while with others a bruise gets worse and worse at teh slightest contact.
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If it were swollen and painful, you would have mentioned it.....................just a bruise, right?
Probably not a problem.
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If it's just a bruise I would probably go ahead and ride. But then, I have been known to not ride in the rain when under the instructions of a doctor to not get the cast wet. She didn't say anything about staying off the bike.

Like has been said; it really just depends on how you feel.

"If you're dumb enough, you don't have to be tough."

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Old 04-15-10, 06:25 PM   #8
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How long has it been since the injury that caused it?

As long as it's been long enough since the injury so that you won't be reopening any interal injuries by riding, I'd think you'd be fine. That would probably be about two or three days for me.

At least if it's just a bruise. If the bruising is from something like an underlying torn muscle, that's different.

And FWIW, keep it iced and it will heal faster.

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come on...it's a BRUISE, not a broken bone.
As a general rule that's accurate enough to use as a guide, if an injury hurts more when you exercise, stop, If it hurts less, you're probably OK. Things like muscle pulls and strains tend to feel better as you warm up, while a joint injury won't.
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