Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Back on the bike

After 23 days on the couch I was finally able to get back on my bike. Damn that was nice. I have been trying to heal as fast as possible, but I'm not 19 like A1 anymore. I saw the Dr. friday and he said I could ride despite the fracture in my arm still being displaced. My shoulder is still pretty f'ed up and it sounds liek it will always look pretty nasty.

So tonight was the first opportunity to ride with the work/family/weather considerations. I got out for about an hour and decided to just peddle and not kill myself. It was very nice but I have to say that I was a bit nervous on the bike, sort of favoring my left arm and not wanting to lean on it too much. I opted to take as flat a route as possible to avoid getting out of the saddle and just spin. It worked and I got a good sweat on. My left shoulder was fine but my left elbow was definately feeling it where the fracture is. The worst thing was my forearm as it is so atrophied that I was fatigued very easily. That will come back, but having a weak arm definately affects your handling and more importantly tyour confidence. My goal for the ride was to keep the HR under 150 as much as possible and I was able to do that for the most part and still was rolling along at about 17mph which I guess is OK considering everything.

Garmin Edge Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 1:04:22 3:34 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 1:04:01 3:32 pace
Distance (mi ) 18.04
Moving Speed (mph) 16.9 avg. 36.8 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +793 / -790

Avg. Heart Rate 146 bpm Zone 3.7

Back on the bike and happy.



weak and feeble said...

Yahoo! Good to see you're back on the bike.

continue to heal well!


bluecolnago said...

man, jj, that shoulder looks mean.... i wrestled when i was in the army and did the same thing. not that bad, but similar. it'll pass. kinda. :)

weak and feeble said...

i hope that's a wifebeater you've got on there...