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still getting better. Much more mobile now, can get around on crutches alot better than before. Two more months of non weight bearing crutches. Still sorta seems far off but at least there is light at the end of tunnel.

Miss biking alot. Right now, worried about getting full range of motion back. My achilles feels very very right and short, and I can barely point my toes towards my face. Gonna need alot of physical therapy.
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Full weight bearing now for a month. Walk with slight limp, gets worse at end of day. Can't run at all. Biked several times on my fixie. No mtb yet. Sorta scared still. Happy to be walking again though. The last few months were truly a dark period in my life.
 

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Full weight bearing now for a month. Walk with slight limp, gets worse at end of day. Can't run at all. Biked several times on my fixie. No mtb yet. Sorta scared still. Happy to be walking again though. The last few months were truly a dark period in my life.
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Good to hear you're beyond the gloom. I bet it got pretty bad, it did for me. You'll get over the anxiety of doing it again (injury) once you start riding again. As for the limp, just swing your hand behind your ass like George Jefferson and people will think you're connected. To who, I don't know, but neither will they.
 

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Jsyteng,
I just reacquainted myself with this thread. I am glad you're back in the saddle. I wish you courage and patience with yourself. This whole ordeal must have been very traumatic in ways I can only imagine. Thank you for updating.

Kubaner - that pic is just... just... horrific. The one of your leg, not the LW rock ;)
 

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Jsyteng, so glad you're seeing the end of a painful 4 month struggle. By keeping up your determination, you'll get back a lot of your strength.

kubaner, that rock lies shortly before the rock picture posted by jsyteng. It's the same trail, so close.
 

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Jsyteng, nasty pick of a nasty injury. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. I had a crash with a broken shoulder last year (truly nothing compared to your ordeal), which definitely shook me up. I've had some of my best rides since then, but as a 38 yr-old father and seeing the toll it took on my family, I definitely find myself wondering whether I'm being selfish doing this sport which I have loved for many years. That said, I love it and still get excited every time I walk into a bike shop or am around bikes, so I don't think I can stop.

Not that this is the forum for it, but I'm also considering some basic body armor - does anyone know of any that is good for XC riding (or of a forum for same)?

Good luck with your further recovery and to getting out on the trails soon. Thank you for sharing your story - what a thread that we can all relate to!
 

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Full weight bearing now for a month. Walk with slight limp, gets worse at end of day. Can't run at all. Biked several times on my fixie. No mtb yet. Sorta scared still. Happy to be walking again though. The last few months were truly a dark period in my life.
Came across this thread....just read the whole thing. I ride LW with Kubaner a lot. How are things going now jsyteng? That was quite an ordeal. Still riding? Running?
 

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Alot has happened since . . .

Came across this thread....just read the whole thing. I ride LW with Kubaner a lot. How are things going now jsyteng? That was quite an ordeal. Still riding? Running?
Aust95 made me aware there was an update to this thread.

I'm doing well, thanks for asking. It's been a long time.

The quick update on my end is that I've now moved up to Boston and have been living in Newton for the last several months. I came up here for a great job opportunity and decided to leave NYC. Wasn't the easiest decision but knew deep in my heart it was best for my family (I now have 2 kids).

I've only ridden mtb once since the accident. It was in at Graham Hills Park in Westchester County, NY. . . probably back in 2011 (2 yrs after the accident). It was tough to psychologically get myself back on the bike. I did, however, continue to ride my fixie frequently in NYC -- as soon as I was able -- and still do to this day up in Boston.

I guess you say I'm at about 80 - 85% back to normal. It can still be painful when I run. I don't have problems walking, sprinting for short distances, or snowboarding (thank the LORD). Sometimes the pain creeps back in. All my hardware is still in my leg. Too risky to operate given the severity of the incisions (ortho strongly recommended against removing hardware, since there is so little tissue down in the ankle area).

I'm grateful in some ways to the experience, strange as it sounds. It matured me greatly. I won't bore you with the details, but suffice it to say suffering does make a man stronger. It was by far one of the lowest points in my life (some may recall the injury happened during a long bout of unemployment).

I spent thousands of $ out of my own pocket once COBRA expired and my physical therapy sessions ran out. I hired a personal trainer who specialized in injury rehab. The best decision I ever made. If I hadn't done it, I'd probably still be walking today with a limp. The sessions were super painful but I managed to tough it out. Grew some chest hairs for sure.

In a couple of months we move to Concord, which I'm very much looking forward to. I do look fwd to hopping back on the mtb bike at some point, but it'll all be XC and easygoing, flowy terrain from here on out. No more Lynn Woods for me! Will check out Great Brook Farm and Estabrook Woods instead.

thanks for reading, everybody.
 

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zomg concord is awesome..lived in Acton 6 years, know all the secrets

a) estabrook woods, find all the trails in there. the northern ones
spit you close to both carlise town hall trails or davis corridor/ice cream trail/great brook trails with light road hops

there are also some legal and top secret (local stash) you can get to acton from estabrook easily, and ride some huge meadows no one knows about :)

b) concord rail trail straight to minuteman trail bedford,lexington,arlington,cambridge to davis square somerville 20 miles one way
 

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Well, great to hear you are back to activity and have a positive outlook! Russell Mill in Chelmsford may surprise you quite a bit. NEMBA got in there and built amazing flow trails that are not difficult, but extremely fun. This place may actually be the ticket for your new MTB LIFE. Are you originally from Chelmsford?
 

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Good to here if you want to get back into things come on over to the friendly fells it is a lot tamer, or just ride up and down the Charles.
Been living in Concord for 2 months now. Only last week decided to pick up the mtb bike again and start exploring. Double and single track right BEHIND MY HOUSE (Thoreau Hills). Also explored connecting trails around Thoreau Club into Maynard. Yesterday went to Great Meadows and took a side singletrack around some wetlands to the cemetery. Seems like there is much much more to see in the area. VERY excited!
 
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