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Riding while injured?

Old 01-28-09, 07:00 PM
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Riding while injured?

Are you so obsessive about cycling that you must ride even when you're all busted up.....I am.

1: Rode to the physio with a fractured T12 vert, massive DVT in my crushed calf and head injuries...got into alot of trouble.

2: Rode with fractured ribs while doing bike courier work, the pain was intense.

3: Raced with a broken coccyx.....and child-birth hurts?

4: Ribs again, this week...damn MTB, been out twice since...hurts like hell...hard to breath.

So....what's your story?
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Old 01-28-09, 07:03 PM
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Old 01-28-09, 07:05 PM
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I have stitches in my back right now... can't get to the hoods without it pulling. That's enough discomfort for me
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I raced with broken ribs. Was riding on the trainer within a week after breaking my collarbone, and less than a week outside after surgery. Also rode with a messed up ankle from a car-vs-bike. I couldn't walk without a severe limp but I could ride just fine!
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I suppose I started riding too soon after a high-speed crash gave me a pretty good concussion. Just a couple days after the crash I got lost two miles from home.
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Old 01-28-09, 07:11 PM
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I have a great deal of respect for you folks who can jump on a bike (or do anything remotely athletic) while injured.

I also think you're nuts. But I respect you anyway.
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Old 01-28-09, 07:15 PM
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hey umd did you get your collarbone fixed or just let it heal, just got back from doctors and told to wait 2 weeks and see has been2.5 weeks already, they said it wouldn't make much differance either way, how did you ride with ribs i can't do it as its the bottom 2 on backside for me
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Old 01-28-09, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by subframe View Post
I have a great deal of respect for you folks who can jump on a bike (or do anything remotely athletic) while injured.

I also think you're nuts. But I respect you anyway.
Apparently I have a high threshold for pain. And a high level of stupidity.

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hey umd did you get your collarbone fixed or just let it heal, just got back from doctors and told to wait 2 weeks and see has been2.5 weeks already, they said it wouldn't make much differance either way, how did you ride with ribs i can't do it as its the bottom 2 on backside for me
Fixed, but it was very separated. Doc didn't think it would heal on it's own, but he still gave me the option. After he did the surgery, he said it's a good thing we did it because there was a good amount of soft tissue "in the way" and it wouldn't have fused. Interesting side note, the "plate" is not solid, it is actually a bunch of little rings joined together (for screws), and you can actually see them through my skin!

The ribs were I guess just fractured, not completely broken. They were also relatively high and in front, if that makes any difference. The ribs and the collarbone were within a month of each other, and I also cracked some ribs on my other side along with the collarbone.
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Old 01-28-09, 07:27 PM
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plate sounds cool, mine in broken and has started to heal, as x-ray showed today,if no better in 2 weeks will have to be fixed, they did blood test for vidamin d also,mine is displaced but not much. still don't know how you got on trainer to ride took me forever. I'am doing leg lifts and leg curls with 100 lbs to keep legs going, my ribs put a hole in leg lung so maybe thats why its it hurts so much gettting on bike
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Old 01-28-09, 07:43 PM
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DSC00720.jpgheres a pic 4 days after umd
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Old 01-28-09, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
I suppose I started riding too soon after a high-speed crash gave me a pretty good concussion. Just a couple days after the crash I got lost two miles from home.
Funny thing about my crash this week is, I was miles from home on a track not often used when I went down hard. Apart from the ribs and shoulder I banged my head hard, so while crawling home, wincing over every tree root, rock and rut, my vision started to go all weird-like...clear in the centre and all psycedelic on the outer. head's still a bit sore still.
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Old 01-28-09, 08:56 PM
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Old 01-28-09, 10:19 PM
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I'm use to ride with broken pride
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I rode home after a crash where I broke my tailbone. I even turned down a ride. I didn't think it was that bad but I did stand on the hills because it hurt too much to push hard while seated. The next two weeks were miserable- no riding, and it would take me 5 minutes of agony just to sit down on the couch. It hurt for most of the next 20 years but it's not been so bad the last five.

I still have a big lump at the base of my spine where it healed funny.
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Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
So....what's your story?
No story, just a question: unless you need to race to put food on your table and a roof over your head, why the hell would you put yourself through this?
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Torn ACL, Compression fracture of the Tibia and torn calf muscle. Riding Light Tempo and taking Advil. No issues
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Originally Posted by Sprocket Man View Post
No story, just a question: unless you need to race to put food on your table and a roof over your head, why the hell would you put yourself through this?
The answer is in the first six words of my post..."Are you so obsessive about cycling?".

I see your point......however, I figure that I'd still be in pain, sitting on the couch watching Dr Phil telling me all about my compulsive obsessions, so I might as well go for a gentle spin, 50-60 kms, and get the body moving rather than stiffen up.......Madness? yes, unique? NO.
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Obsessive? I just love cycling and it's rewards. If you are reaching high (whatever that means to you), chances are you are going to run into some injuries.

I usually listen to my body when it says "slow down." But sometimes you have to push the envelope. We all know Olympians deal with injury and pain when they might not get another chance to attain their dreams.

I finished up last season riding a 200k with badly bruised ribs after a crash 4 days before the season end event. That wasn't so bad, except on the climbs. It was a bit silly for a relatively unimportant event.

But in 2007, after training for 3 years and coming back from a battle with cancer in 2003, I was ready for the quadrennial Paris-Brest-Paris randonnee ... when the crab reared its head again!

Three weeks before my first qualifier I underwent extensive oral surgery, then succumbed to opportunistic infections.

To cuta long story short, I quit the pain killers 3 days before the 200km event -- so that I could see straight and balance -- and put in my second fastest time on that course. I went on to successfully complete the qualifiers, but suffered a knee problem, due to the neccessity of jumping right back into the game at the deep end. I used NSAIDS to get through the final event.

Normally, I wouldn't consider suffering such agonies, but when an event you may never get another chance at is on the horizon, it's worthwhile.
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Old 01-28-09, 11:49 PM
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Wouldn't do it, wouldn't brag about it if I did. I outgrew that about 40 years ago.

Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
Are you so obsessive about cycling that you must ride even when you're all busted up.....I am.

1: Rode to the physio with a fractured T12 vert, massive DVT in my crushed calf and head injuries...got into alot of trouble.

2: Rode with fractured ribs while doing bike courier work, the pain was intense.

3: Raced with a broken coccyx.....and child-birth hurts?

4: Ribs again, this week...damn MTB, been out twice since...hurts like hell...hard to breath.

So....what's your story?
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I rode with a separated shoulder, but I had to get to school and back, and walking sucked even more than riding with one arm in a sling. I would not ride at any more than a very easy pace with an injury, let alone race with one. I've aggravated an injury to the point that I couldn't ride for weeks - that sucked. Worse, when I played soccer in H.S. I caused the end of my season when I played on a painful injury. It probably took a year or more for my knee to regain its strength and stability. I do have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but I've learned that being able to tolerate it doesn't mean I should. It isn't about love for the sport - if I take push too hard on injuries, I'm taking a much greater chance on cutting short the time I have to enjoy cycling. It would be hard for me to forgive myself if I was so anxious to avoid missing time on the bike that I cost myself months of time through a more serious injury, or worse yet, destroyed my ability to ride pain-free. Injuries and pain are serious business. I'd pay attention to them.
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Pro I know-

Rode as a domestique with a broken ribs and shoulder blade. (Hauling up water bottles was not fun for him).
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This was never meant to be a brag-fest, but it has shown how obsessive or dedicated we can be. While riding when injured is not the wisest thing to do, it demonstrates our commitment and responsibilty to our own wellbeing, not like the high % of those around us who are just bone lazy.
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last year i had a crash and broke a vertebra, this was on a saturday morning group ride by tuesday i was riding again,slow and just easy tempo rides for about 8 weeks.

broken ribs from water skiing which was a lot more painful than the back, rides were very slow but rode anyway.
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Last year I was benched by my doctor (great sports medicine - muscle skeletal) after a fall where I broke my femur and tibial. Not only was I benched but I was given crutches ... I hate them. I fell half way to work, finished the ride, turned down help ... bla, bla, bla ... The fractures were not found for 5 weeks, finally found using MRI ... I had heal pain that would not go away. I road 4 days a week between the fall and the getting the crutches ... my bike missing me!

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