Monday, November 21, 2011
Well the big news was that i completely tore my quad muscle in a my first mountain bike race.
I think this has been coming on for a while. I had been biking to work more than normal and i had a run on the treadmill where i tried to go really fast. Well it had been making a weird twinge in my leg. After about a week it went away. Then 2 weeks later i was warming up for my first ever mountain bike race and i came off.
It was not a big crash, i have been through much worse. I tried to slow down my slamming my left leg down but went over on my right side. My brake broke and i had to walk about 3/4 mile back to my car dragging the bike. My leg hurt at that point but not too bad. Well on the drive home it started to hurt like crazy. Then it blew up like a watermelon under the skin. I mean Huge!!
I showed my wife at home and off to the ER we went. They xrayed it and made me sit around a good bit but said nothing they could do. There was allot of internal blood under the skin but was not a good idea to drain it. They gave me crutches and i went home. (The bill was $1700!!!!) thank gosh for insurance!
I iced and heated it and stayed off it. Well the next day it was felling a little better and i felt foolish for going to the ER. Until...around 7pm i was standing in the bathroom doing my business and BANG massive pain and it blew up again to water Mellon sized proportions!! It was crazy painful too!
The next day i went to the Sports Medicine Orthopedic doctor. She is quite the USA Triathlete too and writes for beginners triathlon.com! She used an Ultra sound and a lot of long words but said i had torn my Quad muscle and i would need Physical Therapy. I could not walk at all on the leg at this point and any weight at all on it was extremely painful.
So began Physical Therapy...
I really thought i wouldn't be able to run or cycle for a long long time again. Over the next 4 weeks i had 2 appointments a week and i was manging to swim a few times a week at least.
Well i did all the exercises they gave and learned much about my body. After just 4 weeks i could run again slowly and i am now just starting to be able to bike again. They said it normally takes 12 but because i am used to body recovering from workouts my body is used to fixing its muscles!
So good news...if you work out a good bit and do get an injury in life you will recover much faster and better than someone that sits on the couch!!
I have a 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thursday that is 5 miles but i have to take it slow!! Thanks if you missed me. The Podcast are not possible right now anymore but if you want them back let me know as i will have to invest money in them.