It’s 4 months and a week now since I fractured my femur, and the leg’s coming on ok. Walking almost looks normal now, although it stills hurts like a little bastard. If you want to read the full story, have a look back at the first post here.
Anyway, time to get the ass in gear – let the training begin! Again.
Back on the Turbo Trainer
So, this morning I fired up the laptop, cued up Sufferfest and mounted my bike, ready for my first good sweat in over 4 months.
It was great! The leg held up fine and I managed an hour dead-on, motivated by the Sufferfest’s growling tunes and brilliant banter. If you’ve never seen them before, check them out over at TheSufferFest.com. They make videos that keep you going on the static bike, showing footage of UCI races with intervals interspered throughout. The chat’s great – quite funny and just motivational enough – and, for some reason, watching the pros slog it out is pretty inspirational, keeping the legs pumping even after an hour on the turbo.
Anyway, managed an average HR of 150-odd, which is as hard as I’ve worked since the start of May, and the leg didn’t hurt much at all. Looks like the second break might be healing ok, but I’ll find out on Monday when I go for my next X-Ray.
Here’s the graph thanks to my trusty Garmin and the ever excellent Strava:
The plan is to keep this up, at least 1 session a week along with the 2 physio appointments. If I can manage 2 then that’s great, although I’m happy to work up to that over the next 4 weeks.
I want to get a wee bike computer to start measuring the virtual distance I’m covering, so I can see how I’m improving on the turbo. I can’t keep motivated without the numbers.
Tell me Your Femur Fracture, or Other Recovery Stories
As always, if you’ve had a similar accident, or if you have any tips, let me know. Would love to hear how others got over injuries that kept them off the bike entirely. Hopefully this helps others keep motivated – it seems to take bloody ages, but you can get back in the saddle eventually!