Thursday, November 9, 2006

Trying

Well it's been nearly seven weeks now since my knee surgery, and I have to admit I'm pretty discouraged at this point.  I still am having trouble walking, with a continued limp, and can't yet fully flex or extend my knee.  There is pain remaining with most activities and I'm having to work really hard just to try and remain optimistic about the whole situation.  Everyone I've spoken with who's had a lateral release didn't seem to have this much of a delay in recovery, and I've followed my physical therapy instructions to the letter.  I voiced my discouragement with my physical therapist at this morning's rehab session, and he went across the hall to speak with my surgeon while I was doing my stretching exercises.  Apparently the surgeon went over my operative photos with my therapist, and informed him that I had grade 4 bone defect changes in the knee - the scale is 0 to 4, with 0 being normal...

Still, I'm trying to hang in there.   Trying

Sunday, November 5, 2006

On the “trail” again

Trail  The weather was just too pretty today to stay inside, so we headed out to a local trail where Steve was honing his photography skills and I decided to take the commuter bike out for my 20-minute physical therapy spin, only this time I actually got to ride a dirt road instead of pavement.  It was nice to be back riding in the woods, closer to nature, although it was a little less smooth than our neighborhood street I've been cruising lately, so if I plan to do very much "offroad" riding in the near future, I think I need to get a set of cross tires...!

Trail

On the trail, sort of

Steve racing

Steve racing at the Curse of the Crab.

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Curse of the Crab

Steve racing  This afternoon I accompanied Steve to a local 6-hour mountain bike race at Lake Crabtree County Park, Curse of the Crab, where he competed as a solo rider.  The race ran from 3:00 in the afternoon until 9:00 at night and while clear sunny skies dominated the first couple of race laps, once the sun went down it got pretty chilly, reaching the 30s very quickly!  Despite that, Steve pressed on, completing six laps on the roughly seven-mile course.  It was great to get out and catch up with some biking friends I hadn't seen in a while due to my surgery, and I really enjoyed being able to step back from competition for a change to socialize with friends and cheer Steve on this time.