Thursday, February 24, 2005


Break Time Progress! Last night, with the permission of my physical therapist, I went for a bike ride on one of the more difficult and hilly trails in the area. I needed to exercise the dogs, who were getting stir crazy from lack of activity, and this is one of the few local trails where I can let them run off leash. However, I was a bit nervous as this particular trail is notorious for "triggering" my knee pain with its seemingly neverending ups and downs and tricky rooty sections. In light of this fact I decided that if necessary due to pain, I would just dismount and walk while the dogs ran around and played in the woods. I am happy to report though that during the ride, albeit a short one at only about 45 minutes, my knee felt fine. I did walk up some of the more treacherous hills, but was able to pedal faster and push harder on the climbs I did ride, obtaining significant power from both legs. But the best news came this morning, when I discovered that for the first time in months I was actually able to arise from a chair without having to use my hands and arms for support! Granted, I still had to lean forward a good deal more than a "normal" person would, but to finally be able to get out of a chair without having to support my weight on my arms was a huge breakthrough for me, and for the first time in a long while I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel with respect to my knee issues.

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