Monthly Archives: April 2016

Testing testing 1 2 3…

It’s kind of hard to write a weight loss through cycling blog when you can’t cycle because of a knee injury.

What I would say is that for whatever reason I find it hard to concentrate on food discipline when I am injured and cannot cycle.

That’s not a whinge, just a simple fact. I haven’t stood on the scales in 2 weeks and I know all my good intentions in relation to food are being severely challenged.

Weekends are very tricky and I find myself being constantly tested. Monday to Friday isn’t an issue at all as I’m very busy here at work, but come Saturday, wow, it’s difficult.

Last Monday my knee caved in at work and I fell over in a heap in front of my desk after bouncing off a door. I wasn’t certain if it was a shock of pain or just a complete knee failure that caused it. All I know is I was on my arse quick smart.

I revisited the docs and I saw a different bloke, one I get on quite well with, we both share a love of aircraft geekery and that subject usually comes up a few times every visit!

Anyway, to cut a long story short he didn’t bother with anything other than ordering an MRI scan immediately and mega strong pain killers. Quite why the previous Doc and the knee specialist didn’t is a bit beyond me. But hey ho, small steps, or small limps…

I’m glad he’s done that as I genuinely think there is more going on in there than the specialist thinks. An MRI scan will hopefully show the injury in all of its glory and be able to help with a quicker course of treatment.

It is getting a tad boring now…

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I want to ride my bicycle…

Not too much happening due to my knee injury, which to be honest is starting to grind me down a tad. It is not getting any better, worse if anything and it’s constantly very painful. Sorry for the whinge, but being a veteran of knee injuries over the years I’m not at all optimistic that physio will help. And it’s still over 2 weeks until my physio starts. Oh hum…

Dan has been racing around the village and the surrounding countryside on his bike with his mates and I have suddenly become the go to person for the local kids bike repairs. I ought to start charging! The amount of times Dan has rocked up with yet another mate in tow, with them saying “my Dad can’t fix this, Dan says you can” is now bordering on epidemic.

Yesterday it was a seized BMX rear wheel which the lad’s Dad said was busted brakes which he couldn’t fix without new brakes. What it actually was, was the rear wheel axle had come loose and moved the wheel over to one side of the frame so the brake was constantly on. A quick spin up with an adjustable spanner soon freed it up so the axle was positioned correctly and Dan and his mate was soon on their way again.

Monty Python’s Bicycle Repair Man springs to mind…

The food thing is becoming a huge battle again, concentration is wavering and my resolve is being tested every minute of the weekend. Work isn’t an issue as there is no food around, but time at home is a challenge. I just want to ride my bicycle! I’m sure there is a song in there somewhere…

 

Quick Update…

It’s been a bit quiet of late on the cycling weight loss front, mainly due to Easter with Dan and slow progress with my knee injury.

My injury finally got diagnosed by a specialist last week as a grade 2 medial ligament tear, for which he has organised physio for. I also had a new experience while he was examining the knee. The guy doing the examining was late 20s early 30s and a rugby player, so we were getting on famously, but then he dropped the line that I knew would be aimed at me eventually, but not so soon!

He said “If the physio doen’t work, we’ll MRI it and have a rethink, but we don’t like operating on people your age!”

My age! I’m officially old it seems. My knee is still very painful, but he said to ditch the stick and try to walk as normally as possible to start killing the scar tissue on the ligament. I musn’t limp and again I quote “Just man up!” That is easier said than done, but I’m doing my very best!

Being a veteran of various knee injuries over the years I do know a bit about dodgy knees and I’m not confident that physio will work. The injury is just not getting better, not even slightly and that’s with me doing everything the medics have told me to do.

But we’ll see what the physios say, which unfortunately is 3 weeks away. So from injuring myself in February to getting the first meaningful treatment will be almost 3 months to the day.

Monday…

A bit of a funny one, I was meant to be in work, but the good folks minding Dan for me this week had to pull out late yesterday evening. I’m currently waiting for my Boss to let me know if it’s ok to go into work with Dan in tow.

Anyway, onto things you wished you never did.

Last Friday I went out for a Mountain bike ride on my new Cannondale. Here she is in all her 27.5″ wheeled hardtail glory after I’ve done all of the necessary to her to make her mine.

Cannondale

This includes, Ergo Grips, Crudcatcher, SPDs, a bigger layback carbon seat post, my Brooks Ti Swift saddle and my Garmin mount. I have to get a Neoprene chainstay protector and a wider bar. Initial reactions are that she rides very well, for the bigger wheel size she feels as flickable as a 26″ and the frame feels suitably stiff and eager to launch the bike forward with a bit of pedal pressure.

After living with my Orange 5 for a while I finally bit the bullet and admitted that full suspension bikes are not for me. I have had 4 full sussers of various makes over the years and I have never enjoyed the experience as much as I have a hardtail. So this is me now.

Onto the ride itself, Dan wanted to take me to the local bomb hole that the kids around here play on, so he led the way. After a brief bit of road work it was all off road onto the local bridleways and we ended up at the foot of a steep sand bank on the old Roman Road that I knew pretty well. He then shot off right off the trail into the trees and after about a 100 yards, there before me was a veritable playground of drop offs, berms, bumps and gnarly single track through the trees. You can rely on kids to find everything can’t you! When did we as adults lose that?

A few piccies of the fun.

Me and Dan

Me and Dan enjoying the fun.

Steep

A bit of drop off riding…

Speed

Over the bumps…

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Carrying a bit of speed over the trail…

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Working hard back up the trail…

It was great to go out new bike testing and to pedal with Dan, but it came at a cost. My injured knee did not enjoy it one bit and since Friday it has been protesting quite loudly about the trip out. Like I said, things you wished you never did.

Knee assessment by the specialist this Wednesday afternoon…