One year later and my leg?


It’s been a year since my crash…

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Never did get surgery for these breaks and now my foot is about 3 degrees out of placement and although I did a ton of PT, hired a personal trainer I am left with a leg that does not perform as it did prior to the accident.  I went hiking in the White Mountains a few weeks ago and it was at that time my leg weakened quickly to the point it felt like a peg leg.

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The fall foliage in New Hampshire was amazing though and worth every limp.  😉

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This past weekend was my first decent ride since I have moved to Connecticut.  Went out with some gals from New England, Minna and Victoria. 

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We went to a famous biker cafe in Village Falls, CT.  Never knew about this place until yesterday.  Located in the upper Northwest corner of CT.  Great waffles and tons of riders.

After breakfast we headed to Mount Greylock in Massachusetts.  I like living up here.  Great places to ride or drive and you can hit many states all in one day.  Easier to get around than being on Long Island.  Different riding than when I was in BC, Canada.  Miss Canada, but adjusting to being back in the USA.

As I headed out in the morning the temperature was 37 F.  At the end of the day it was 73 F.  My perfect temperature is 58 F ;-).  Beautiful ride from Bloomfield, CT to Village Falls.

My conclusion after this weekend is this…perhaps my leg needs more time to get stronger or this is as good as it gets.  Riding my F8 doesn’t feel the same.  I don’t have the same confidence I had prior to the break.  It’s always been a tall bike but now?  Feels taller.  I don’t have the strength in my right leg to even really hold the bike up if it leans to the right.  Makes me feel a bit anxious which I never felt before all of this.

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She looks big eh?  I will keep at it.  See if I can get my leg stronger and ride with confidence.  Who knows maybe it will take another year as some say.  Felt great to get out and meet new people.  My job still owns me until probation ends in January.  I love the work I do but not 100% I love where I work.  Still going through changes.  My life has been so up and down since 2014.  I want to feel settled but for now the only thing constant in my life is my partner of now almost 2 years.

17 Comments

  1. Fuzzygalore says:

    It’s really good to see you back in the saddle, Leslie. I know it helps to keep you sane. But, as you’re still healing you’ve clearly got lots of other wonderful endeavors to help you along, too. Even though it’s been a year, still… go easy on yourself.

    xox

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hang in there kid! Following you from afar. Love the posts.

  3. Jo Maloney says:

    All I can say is Hang tough. Saw you got some riding in, Nice. Everything is moderation except hard PT, that has to stay hard. Best of Luck, bought a DR650 from a buddy in Anchorage, flew up and rode it back to Florence, KY. Bike was a touch too tall, and when loaded down so it wasn’t too tall, it was WAY top heavy. Sucks have a 28″ inseam and a 33″ Seat Height. Made it Down the Alaskan Highway to the end, then Great FAlls before turning East. 4277 Miles – 11 Days and too many critters to count. Hope you are able to work the Rehab so you get back to the Full Leslie and Ride like your Soul Dictates. Ride Strong. Jo

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Leslie! Keep hiking – at best you’ll get healthier, stronger, and see neat stuff – at worst – ditto! Would also humble suggest checking out geocaching – a good reason to be outdoors – basically a hike with a high-tech treasure hunt – and once you have found local caches, it gives a good reason to ride to new areas to find them. Hugs, Gary & Deb 😉

  5. RichardM says:

    Nice to see you on the mend and on the road. I was wondering how you were doing.

    • advgrrl says:

      Wish I was exploring Alaska again. Might be heading there in 2018 to go see the Brook Falls bears

      • Michelle Kluth says:

        Go go go to brooks falls! Best thing I’ve ever done, you won’t regret it. I had crushed my heel and broke my ankle a few years before, worked with a great pt so that I could hike among the bears…soooo worth it…a must do! Hope you go.

  6. Doug Mullett says:

    Good to see you up and getting around again. If you don’t feel right, do what needs to be done so you can really enjoy your riding and walking.

  7. Victoria Zandonella says:

    Great to finally meet and ride with you this past weekend Leslie – and to reiterate the other posts, please go easy on yourself – recovery takes time – be patient and count the small successes at each stage in the process. You rode like a champ Sunday. Looking forward to our next outing. Best, VZ

  8. Kevin Brent says:

    But, you are riding again. 🙂 The confidence will come back. Won’t be long before you’re writing us a post on how you overcame how different the leg feels to ride.

  9. Prasad says:

    Hi Leslie,

    Glad to see you are on the road to recovery. I had an accident 4 years back and tore my ACL. After surgery, I was on the bike in a year but it took another year to get real load-bearing strength. Keep doing your PT diligently every day and you’ll get stronger as the months go by.

    Good luck with your recovery and your career. You are one tough woman.

    Cheers,
    RestlessRider

  10. Prasad says:

    I forgot to mention, cycling helps a lot with the strengthening process.

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