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Broke hand, 5 weeks training lost. Wait till spring?

Old 08-26-09, 04:36 PM
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Broke hand, 5 weeks training lost. Wait till spring?

OK, I trained for about two months and really made progress---then I broke my hand. Brand new bike ridden twice, and I have little desire to get back on.

Should I wait for spring? Is there any point building back up this late in the season?

And a few more bonus questions:

1. I live in Virginia and am from Vermont. It doesn't get THAT cold here. How long can I train outdoors?
2. What kind of clothes do I need for winter riding? (40 degrees and up). How long can I expect to ride outdoors in Va?
3. I just purchased a Kurt Kinetic trainer. Can I use this for rainy/snowy days?


I bought a titanium bike and to make up for the extra 4-6 ounces I lost 30 pounds. (6'1" 175, was 205)....I'm pretty serious about this and really want to shine next season. Love blowing those 20 year olds off the road at 42 !

Thanks,

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Old 08-26-09, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by yohimbe2
OK, I trained for about two months and really made progress---then I broke my hand. Brand new bike ridden twice, and I have little desire to get back on.

Should I wait for spring? Is there any point building back up this late in the season?

And a few more bonus questions:

1. I live in Virginia and am from Vermont. It doesn't get THAT cold here. How long can I train outdoors?
2. What kind of clothes do I need for winter riding? (40 degrees and up). How long can I expect to ride outdoors in Va?
3. I just purchased a Kurt Kinetic trainer. Can I use this for rainy/snowy days?


I bought a titanium bike and to make up for the extra 4-6 ounces I lost 30 pounds. (6'1" 175, was 205)....I'm pretty serious about this and really want to shine next season. Love blowing those 20 year olds off the road at 42 !

Thanks,

Yohimbe2
This 20yr old is new and also wondering the same question as it will be my first winter riding.
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Old 08-26-09, 04:54 PM
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Sorry to hear it. These things always seem to happen exactly when you hit your stride.

Years ago, I broke four bones in my left hand and was frantic to get back on the bike.
~No more soda or coffee (it was tough getting the java monkey off my back.) These ****** your bones healing and knitting.
~At least two cups of milk per day. Calcium supplements might help, but the nutritionist I spoke with recommend naturally-occurring calcium instead.
~Half of a fresh pineapple every day. Must be fresh, not canned or frozen. Apparently the boron is good for healing bones.
~No booze.

In just over 4 weeks, I had the perplexed doctor's blessing to ride again, (and surf; it was an El Nino autumn and the waves were epic.)

Ask your doc if you can ride your trainer, if you swear to never put any weight on your hand. I put some tri-bars on mine and suggested to my doc agreed that the enhanced circulation might amplify the healing.
Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Old 08-26-09, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by yohimbe2
OK, I trained for about two months and really made progress---then I broke my hand. Brand new bike ridden twice, and I have little desire to get back on.

Should I wait for spring? Is there any point building back up this late in the season?

And a few more bonus questions:

1. I live in Virginia and am from Vermont. It doesn't get THAT cold here. How long can I train outdoors?
2. What kind of clothes do I need for winter riding? (40 degrees and up). How long can I expect to ride outdoors in Va?
3. I just purchased a Kurt Kinetic trainer. Can I use this for rainy/snowy days?


I bought a titanium bike and to make up for the extra 4-6 ounces I lost 30 pounds. (6'1" 175, was 205)....I'm pretty serious about this and really want to shine next season. Love blowing those 20 year olds off the road at 42 !

Thanks,

Yohimbe2
I just got back on my bike after having a cast for a broken wrist, I look at the season starting in Dec.[it snows here] that means riding a trainer and gym workouts for cycling, then each month I do different things to move towards the season. So when I broke my wrist in July I had 7 months of training under my belt. So what I did was ride the trainier and did leg workouts with high reps 4 times a week, then for the last 2 weeks I rode with the cast my hybrid and to my suprise I lost little fitness. As to riding in winter if you do not get snow ride all year if it snows trainier or hybride outside and if it's cold wear layers it's really trail and error,
 
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Put your bike on a trainer and ride it 3 to 4 times a week for 45 minutes. You will maintain some cardio fitness and not be overly bored.
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No. I think if you want to get faster, you shouldn't have much of an off season.

The weather and daylight will make a full training schedule, whatever that is for you, impractical to maintain, but you can still keep your fitness level steady, or better yet find a hard cross training sport, one that will develop muscles that are neglected by cycling and become better rounded and less injury prone at the same time.

For me that was backcountry skiing. After a winter's worth of skinning up mountains and boot packing occasionally, climbing is really easy come spring time. And I've maintained or bettered my cardio fitness.
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i was hit by a car in june, took about two weeks to recover from the concussion. took 4 more weeks of riding to get past the depression of losing a bike and the training time. got over it, and summer wasn't ruined.
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You're worried about 5 weeks off, but willing to give up 5+ months?

I think the question is how much do you enjoy riding your bike? Or is it strictly a training thing for you?
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Sorry to hear about your injury and I feel for you. I've got my own hamstring issues going on right now that have essentially sidelined me from cycling too. But everyday I work hard for the sole purpose of getting back in the saddle. You could too.
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I rode at least some all last winter. Unless the roads were snow-covered or whatever, you can ride all winter if you dress right. Most of my rides were done in 40-degree weather, but I rode a few where it was below freezing. if you ride in Vermont in the winter, riding in VA in the winter shouldn't be a problem.
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Why does riding have to be "training," and time wasted if you're not "building back up"? Sounds like you're making a chore of it, and an unpleasant one at that.
I think most of us go through a phase like that, but unless you're a pro and make a living on the bike, there's no reason to ride if you don't enjoy it. There are too many other exercise options available to force yourself into one. Find one of them and do that, or a number of them, until you feel like riding again.
It's been years since I raced, but the best summer I ever had against the 20-year-olds was when I was 48, after a winter where I rode only when I felt like it, kept my speed down and sometimes went a week or more without thinking about the bike. I stayed active and worked hard on my weight (down from 230 to 195 at 6'4"), and that paid off, but I think mostly it was attitude. By the time I got back on, I was ready to ride.
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Originally Posted by Velo Dog
Why does riding have to be "training," and time wasted if you're not "building back up"? Sounds like you're making a chore of it, and an unpleasant one at that.
I think most of us go through a phase like that, but unless you're a pro and make a living on the bike, there's no reason to ride if you don't enjoy it. There are too many other exercise options available to force yourself into one. Find one of them and do that, or a number of them, until you feel like riding again.
It's been years since I raced, but the best summer I ever had against the 20-year-olds was when I was 48, after a winter where I rode only when I felt like it, kept my speed down and sometimes went a week or more without thinking about the bike. I stayed active and worked hard on my weight (down from 230 to 195 at 6'4"), and that paid off, but I think mostly it was attitude. By the time I got back on, I was ready to ride.


No, you got me wrong here.... I Love riding and find myself extending rides well beyond 60 miles just because it feels good.

Training outdoors is like a meditation to me and I ride 5-6 times a week for at least 1.5 hours.(usually after work). The time on the bike is very enjoyable to me----stress washes away.

What I'm asking about is winter training. I hate the indoor trainer, but am willing to use it to keep thinks moving along....

I'll head for Performance to ask about winter clothes. I'll also start building a second bike with a left over Ultegra group I have from a recent upgrade. I'm planning to build a rain/winter bike for the bad weather.

I started training in May this year....I'll have a 9 month head start for nex spring. Cant wait to see how fast I become !
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Boy I agree with Rob. Its up to you what you really enjoy and like to do. In Virginia you should be able to have comfortable outdoor riding into November. Sure there may be a week or two of cold but why give up 3 more months of cycling for a broken hand. Buck up buddy. But again its what you enjoy to do.
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I broke my hand, but my orthopedic surgeon is a cyclist. I didn't need a cast, just a brace, and he gave me immediate clearance to ride.

Put your bike on the trainer and ride one handed.
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do the levi.....just go with aero bars and rest your arms keeping stress off hand
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