Keeping My Fingers Crossed

I vaguely remember that feeling…

It’s kind of strange, this blogging everyday about bike riding, while sitting around nursing a bad knee; I feek like a person on a calorie-restricted diet reviewing all-you-can-eat buffets.

I’ve been off the bike for coming up on 6 weeks now. The knee has improved to some degree, but I’ve plateaued at the level of not-quite-good-enough-to-commute-by-bike. The most challenging thing has been keeping myself from getting on the bike too soon and re-injuring the knee (been there, done that). Fortunately, I finally obtained a referral to a physical therapist this week, and I’m optimistic that getting on a rehab program will hasten along the healing process. We’ll see how it goes – I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my knees bent.

14 Responses to “Keeping My Fingers Crossed”

  • andy parmentier says:

    i used to want to be a PT
    sauna, saltwater pool, inversion table. take these 3 and call me in the morning of your first day of back in the saddle.
    you can put that tune to, “i’m back in se-attle again” speaking of, cold weather plays havoc with joints.

  • Karl OnSea says:

    Oh, I share that pain! I’ve been off running & most cycling since the start of July with an injured foot. And in 27 minutes time, I take my first short run to see how it’s shaped up . . . I feel a little nervous about it, to tell the truth. If it’s still bad, and I need even more time off, I might end up the same shape as Yehuda Moon when he was driving Joe’s car for a week!

  • Paulo says:

    I know what is that, I have stopped one year because of a intervention to booth knees, my advice is that you must rest and be patient, time will do all the difference.
    sorry about my English, I’m Portuguese.

  • torrilin says:

    My usual problem is arthritis. Both knees, right hip, both ankles. Such fun when it acts up. Hopefully the PT will help. I’d be amazingly cranky if I had to stay in for 6 weeks.

  • Shay says:

    I hear ya – I feel badly even reading bike blogs on days I didn’t ride… particularly if I just wussed out for no good reason. Hang in there – you’ll be back on two wheels soon!

  • Karen says:

    Yeah, I hate being injured. Been there, done that… Even once is too often. Hang in there, Alan, and keep us updated on your progress.

  • Chris from DE says:

    Hang in there, Alan! We just had baby #3 a month ago and I haven’t been riding much either. I feel your pain in yearning to ride! At least I have the knowledge that it is now 74 F outside with sunshine and a light breeze, my bike is on the car, and it is waiting for 60 more minutes until I can ride it home.

    Do you think one of your recumbents might be best for your knee instead of going to the upright? At least with the recumbent, you can’t go too far forward over your knee, or splay out to the side like you can on the upright. Maybe this is nature’s way of telling you that recumbents are the only way for you to ride?? (j/k)

    I hope the PT works! Have you considered acupuncture and/or massage?

  • Alan says:

    Hi Chris,

    I’m pretty sure it’s not related to upright versus recumbent. More likely it was caused by:

    1) Riding nearly everyday for 4 months without a day off
    2) My saddle was probably a little low
    3) I fell into the habit of riding large gears
    4) I fell out of my stretching routine
    5) I have scar tissue in that leg from an old injury
    6) I’m getting old.. ;)

    I’ll try the PT first and possibly look into massage/acupressure/acupuncture if need be. Thanks for the advice.

    I hope you had a great ride!


  • Cliff H in Memphis says:

    Keep blogging- this is one of my favorite bike blogs!

    Hang in there- I have been biking as an adult for 25 years. Once I had to take a year off because of an inflamed elbow. And I have been off the bike for weeks or months at a time due to various injuries. It sux. But what sux worse is re-injuring yourself when you should have rested longer. Been there, done that a few times.

    Work out your upper body, read some arcane bike book, write poetry, gain weight, but most of all, just heal.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks everyone, for the encouragement and kind words. It’s appreciated!


  • funride says:

    Sorry to hear Alan. I´m on the other end after a year without being able to ride because of two broken wrists I finally started to ride my mtb again. I´m still waiting for the next surgeries but at least I´m already able to make soft rides even though my healing process it´s still underway. I wish you a fast and complete recovery.

    All the best,
    Ricardo “funride” Nunes

  • Apertome says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your time off the bike. Here’s hoping you’ll heal soon! I’ve had a couple of bikeless stretches this year, and they sure are tough. Hang in there, man.

  • Chris Cowan says:

    The “all you can eat” analogy is absolutely perfect! I think the most irritating thing about injuries is they always seem to happen during perfect riding weather. Seriously this couldn’t have happened when it’s cold and raining for three months straight (that still wouldn’t stop me from riding), it had to be at the end of summer huh? Just when it’s not too hot but not too cold. ARRRGGGHHH!

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