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I'm going through a tough time right now, not being able to ride far or hard because of a breathing problem. I've only been off-road once this season with a new bike, and a handful of times on the street. Frustrating to say the least.
 

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Torn ankle ligament - 8 weeks. Of course it was in the summertime. So all in all it was the last 8 weeks of the riding season plus 6 months of snow.
 

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7 months: Reconstructive Shoulder Surgery

bwheelin said:
I'm going through a tough time right now, not being able to ride far or hard because of a breathing problem. I've only been off-road once this season with a new bike, and a handful of times on the street. Frustrating to say the least.
End of November - End of June. I couldn't get on a bike for 6 months. Road biking at 6 months and mountain biking one month later.

Life happens. Sometimes your body lets you down. You just have to push through it and get to the other side.

Hopefully you're on a recovery path. Good luck.
 

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Torn Achilles...

Basically one whole season.
Torn end of feb 07, surgery march 1, started learning to walk again may 1, on the bike again at the end of june, and first race july 1.
However I didn't regain my riding form until this spring when my legs were the same size again.
 

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Torn rotator cuff + surgery and recovery 6 months and not at 100 percent (took about 1 year to feel solid).

Another surgery for something else and it looked like I'd never get back on a bike. Took 1 1/2 years before I started to feel safe to ride again.

Knee surgery (3 months).

Lung issues (asthma, and allergies) maybe a day could be much longer.

Remodeling my house(this is a sickness for me)! Too many of us know this one (days to weeks on end). Big time bummer.

I don't know your situation but from the sound of it I hope your working with a Dr. who will help you realize your limits. Be careful with what you do and how physical you are when trying to work through this.

Here’s my 2 cents. Being off my bike is a mentally unstable situation for me so in part I understand your mindset. That said do as much as you can (which may not be much right now) to keep your muscles firing. I have severe asthma and allergies, the hardest thing for me to try and learn was to play it safe when I'm having a bad few days or even months, but I also had to make myself ride or even go for a hike when I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself (by all means I’m not implying that’s what you’re doing). So a typical road ride may get cut down from 40 miles to ten or less and instead of banging out a high average mph I may only average 10-15 mph in that 10 miles with a cadence less than 80. The Mt. bike is where it really hurts when my health is an issue because I can’t do what I’m used to but I’ve learned to gear back and instead of a challenging 3 hr. ride I may only ride for a half hour, it sucks but in the end I’ve always felt better to be able to ride disregarding the quality of the ride. Lastly keep in touch with your biking buddies and roam into your LBS from time to time, also try renting or buying videos like 24 Solo, Road to Athens, Roam, Cranked etc. Even though I couldn’t ride when I was laid up the videos and friends helped me keep a positive attitude so my recovery was a bit more bearable.

Above all else try and keep a positive attitude, it really helps in the long run.

Good luck to you, hang in there, and I hope things improve for you real soon.
 

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The last 4 years I have had to take time off from riding due to a couple of herniated discs. I am just now coming back from 3 weeks off and just prior to having pain again I was feeling great. My back is feeling better but know I have to go in for another treatment (radial frequency which lasts about 8 months) in the beginning of August that will take me out for another 7 to 10 days. Last year, other than the back issue, I had a crash where I injured my elbow. Went to see doc and he said to take a couple weeks off, I did. Then on my first ride back, taking it easy, I re-injured it worse then before (no crash this time) which took me off the bike for an additional 6 weeks.

I love riding a will always come back!
 

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Shoulder reconstruction here, too...

Extensive surgery in 10/07 (2 tendons and 2 muscles sewn back together, a few millimeters of collar bone ground off). Allowed to get back on the trainer/roadie in late April. Cleared for the MTB in May. Still feels "tight". Slight loss in range of motion, but nothing that I can feel on the bike. Better than the constant pain I went through for eight months after being misdiagnosed with a grade one AC seperation. Thanks for that, Mr. Sports Medicine specialist. Quack. Kudos to the fine folks at UPMC Sports Medicine for the proper diagnosis and repair. Also to Seneca Trail PT here in Marlinton for 3x/weekly PT, all gratis. Gotta love professional courtesies!

Guess I didn't miss too much saddle time, but did have to sit out the entire winter season. Of course the new Arbor I ordered arrived about a month after the surgery. Oh well, that's life.
 

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Shoulder surgery, 6 months or so.
Hernia surgeries, about 3 weeks both times.
various suturing episodes, averaged 2 weeks.
Broken wrist, 6 weeks.
Taxpayer funded tour of the Middle East, about 15 months.
 

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Injured back. Off the bike completely for about 10 years with minimal riding for two years before that.

The back had been doing okay for the last few years so last fall I dusted off the Stumpy & Torelli to give it a go. 'Happy to say that I've been riding consistently ever since. :thumbsup:
 

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Was down for 4 weeks with broken wrist and elbow. got back on and started riding real easy. i rode maybe 4 times and was then diagnosed with a herniated disc in my neck. now to be down for 8 more weeks
 
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