five for fighting
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Racine, WI
Bikes: 2008 Trek TT E7, 2006 Giant TCR C2, 2005 Trek 1500, 1990ish Trek 850 MTB
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I was in a similar situation (not as bad as yours, maybe?!?), having had 2-L5 S1 back surgeries between Sept 05 and late Jan 06. I was cleared to start riding indoors mid March. I have a Kurt trainer, and started riding about 30-45 min each session, about 3-4 times per week, as well as walking outside. As I improved, I ended up buring up my rear tire (flat spot to the treads). I gradually grew stronger, back felt better, and moved to 20 mile rides on the road.
I would say each case is different. You might feel better sooner, or not. Start slow, you will feel it even at 30 min on the Kurt, its a good trainer (but hard on tires). I am still base building, but now I can go 50+ miles and just hit 1k miles today for the year. Keep at it-before you know, you'll be back on the road! Good luck!