Every journey starts with the first step. Today I was given the green light to start riding again, with the caveat that I may have to taper back activities to balance pain management. Music to my ears.
So, at 3:35:07 pm PST on Monday December 29th, 2008, I started on my road back from injury and preparation for the 2009 season. The result was a massive 35 minute effort at 36 watts, with a HR of 85 BPM! EPIC!
I'd love to report that the ride was 100% pain free, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. My range of motion is still a bit limited due to the swelling, and those first dozen or so slow revolutions really didn't feel too happy when my knee was at the top of its pedal stroke. However, over time it became less and less uncomfortable and I was able to increase my cadence a bit.
It wasn't much, but it's the start.
(Kudos to those of you who make the connection with the title!)