It’s been just over six weeks now since my ankle surgery, and I am getting by without crutches these days. I wrap my leg in a bandage each day, and I wear an ankle brace as well. And I walk slow … My 40-yard-dash time might well be five minutes (yet it was probably 10 minutes a couple of weeks ago).
But I can ride my Schwinn bike OK. My doctor on Sept. 15 gave me the OK to start riding my stationary bike, and a few days later, I tested riding on my regular bike. There is very little pain; I just have to ride safely and be careful about how I land on my feet after sudden stops.
Not long after I started riding again, I moved back into training mode. Since even before I had the surgery done on Aug. 19, I have had an Oct. 8 bike ride in the Portland area penciled on my calendar as something I wanted to do as part of my recovery.
The ride is called the Harvest Century, and it starts and ends at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, Ore. There are 100-mile, 75-mile, and 45-mile routes, and I have signed up for the 45-mile route (I’ll ride with my brother, Mark).
Another big reason I wanted to do is that it is being advertised as “the last organized ride of the season.” I had such a great time in my one earlier ride — the Tour de Peaks ride in the Snoqualmie Valley, in which I did the 25-mile route on Aug. 13 — that I wanted to do at least one more before the rainy, cold weather arrives.
As for training, I’ve done two 20-mile rides, including one today, and an assorted number of smaller rides of five and six miles in two weeks. Tomorrow (Oct. 2), I plan a 30-mile ride as my last long ride before next Saturday’s event.
I actually know my bike better now and am using my gears much more efficiently in riding since the surgery. As a result, I can ride up steeper hills now, rather than do all I can to avoid them.
Next Saturday’s ride will be challenge, and will likely take between four and five hours. But I think/hope I can handle it. I’m looking forward to it.
Till next time.