|No foot model future for me.|
I started off with an easy 45 minute spin 7 days post op. No problems. Then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, I rode for 2, 4 1/2, and 3 1/2 hours. I had no issues while on the bike. I was even able to stand and pedal up some of the more steeper climbs; no pain whatsoever.
I did experience a weird feeling immediately off the bike on the two longer rides. With each placement of my foot on a hard surface, I had a mild electrical jolt shoot through my surgical area. Not really painful, but not pleasant either.
Today, I was planning on riding for 2 1/2 hours, but after the first hour, I began to feel a slight bit of pain in the foot on the down stroke. So I decided to end it early at 1:45. Upon walking after this ride, there was no electrical jolt or pain ... small victories.
This week while off the bike, I still have a small limp. The surgical site is tender and thickened = inflammation still present. Walking barefoot on hard surfaces is still uncomfortable. I wear my Keen sandals a lot; they keep my foot happy.
But with almost 12 hours in the saddle, I feel confident that my recovery is going as expected. Now I know that this is the experience of only one person. I tend to push the envelope when it comes to proper recovery. But I am hopeful that my surgical outcome will be as I wanted ... to ride for hours on end, pain free. And to be able to run down my daughter ... while I still have the chance!