I’m closing in on 6 months since my L5-S1 laminectomy. I’m made a lot of progress and am generally living life fairly normally again. I’m even riding my bike. I noticed that I recently did the same ride last week that I did a year ago. It shows I have a ways to go, but it also shows I’ve come back a long way.
I’ve got a “1 hour” ride that I like to do as a break from work. It is mostly flat and I get get it done in about an hour which is nice. There are a number of variations, but I tend to repeat them fairly often. For this ride, I basically go around Mission Bay with a lap of Fiesta Island. There are plenty of lights and stop signs to change things up, but it is a good comparison.
I’m now starting to feel like I am riding better. I am more comfortable (by back is getting more limber) and strength is coming back in my right leg. My right leg is still a good bit smaller than my left, but it isn’t as obvious now. I can also feel that it is more stable. When I stand or ride hard, my right calf holds. It isn’t as strong, but it isn’t bad. I’m trying hard to just slowly rebuild base, but I am starting to do a little more climbing. I even did a 40 mile ride up and back on the coast a week ago.
I don’t think there is anything scientific to this. Was the weather the same? Did I hit more or less lights? No idea, but it isn’t way off like it was when I did the first “1 hour” ride after surgery.
|Ride Length (km)||27.3||27.4|
|Average Speed (kph)||28.6||27.7|