Victory over knee injury!

Well, it had been 6 months since my last muni ride (the Downieville Downhill), and a little over 5 months since my knee surgery (ACL reconstruction), and I was able to hit the trails again last week. I did a short ride on Tuesday to see how I felt. That went well, and Sunday I did a couple of hours with KrashinKenny. It was Kenny’s birthday, and my victory over injury day. The ride was great and I was very happy to find I could do most of what I could do 6 months ago. My surgery knee feels as good as the other knee, and the carbon fiber knee brace I wear for a little extra protection doesn’t hinder my riding at all.
My doctor is very happy with my recovery and how I have built my quads and hamstrings back which is what protects the knee from injury. He said at this point my new ACL is as strong as the original, and because of my muscle tone I am no more susceptible to reinjury than I was before the injury. I am still playing it safe, but I do not have the fear that I thought I might.
Thanks to everyone who has offered sympathy and information, and continued checking on my progress.

It feels great to be back! :sunglasses:

Scott

Scott, that is great! Welcome back!

-Eric

Wow. That’s awesome. Kinda makes me wish that only 5 months after surgury I could have been feeling almost normal.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not almost normal, but I wasn’t before the injury either. It wasn’t brain surgery.:slight_smile:

Every injury is different and I was lucky to have fared this well. You are young and will be back to normal even if it seems to be taking too long. My post may have been a little too positive, but I really want to give encouragement to people who have similar injuries. I do have some knee pain now and then, but it isn’t bad enough to keep me from doing things, and the more I do the better it feels once I get over the initial soreness.

And Max, I didn’t do any one foot wheel walking or wheelchair downhill racing while I was injured, but I’m sure I would have if I was your age. :astonished:

Eric, I hope to ride with you guys soon.

Scott

thats great news.i hope it all stays together for the next Muni week-end in CA.

That’s great to hear Scott. Take it easy ramping back up, but it sounds like you’re in business! See you at Muni weekend this Sept?

—Nathan

Actually, I am pretty much back to normal (physically) now. Just, it’s been 11 months. 5 of which I couldnt put any weight on my bad foot. Indeed I would consider you lucky to be back so quick. Even though, Im sure it doesnt feel quick to you.

This is great. Just in time for the riding season again (in the heat of the Texas summer). How about a cheer!

Ra-ra-ree,
Kick’em in the Knee
Ra-ra-rass,
Kick’em in the, other knee!

:smiley:

Thanks everybody.
Yes John I am thrilled that I was out during the harsh 50 -75 degree winter weather and now can start riding in the more tolerable 90-105 degree range.

And yes Jagur and Nathan I plan to be at California Muni Weekend and I hope everyone else is also. It was great last year and I am thinking it will be even better with two functioning knees.

Scott

… the 50-75 is the best temperature range… Oh well.

Re: Victory over knee injury!

In article <S_Wallis.14zgon@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com>,
S_Wallis <S_Wallis@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote:
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)Thanks everybody.
)Yes John I am thrilled that I was out during the harsh 50 -75 degree
)winter weather and now can start riding in the more tolerable 90-105
)degree range.
)
)And yes Jagur and Nathan I plan to be at California Muni Weekend and I
)hope everyone else is also. It was great last year and I am thinking it
)will be even better with two functioning knees.

You did OK with only one:

<http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albun59/Scott_Wallis>
-Tom

Welcome back…this is great news Scott. Look forward to pedaling with you in September.

TB

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Tom H, you are my hero! You actually took a picture of me RIDING. You must have been hiding because anytime I saw a camera I bailed, as John Foss’s photos prove. Seeing that really makes me want to go back to Downieville. Maybe as a warmup the day before Tahoe? Okay, maybe not.

Same here, TB.

Scott

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I don’t remember that tree. Was it really that big? or is that some kind of optical illusion?

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I don’t remember that either, but there was just too much to take in.
Maybe Tom Photoshopped the whole thing to make me feel good.

Re: Victory over knee injury!

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S_Wallis <S_Wallis@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote:
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)Tom Holub wrote:
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)> You did OK with only one:
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)> <http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albun59/Scott_Wallis>
)> -Tom
)> *
)Tom H, you are my hero! You actually took a picture of me RIDING. You
)must have been hiding because anytime I saw a camera I bailed, as John
)Foss’s photos prove.

Yeah, see that drop in the foreground? I’d just nearly had a
cliffside-retreival-of-my-remains experience after going down that and
hitting a rock the wrong way. I was taking a bit of a breather.

(Well, it wasn’t a cliff, but it would have been nasty anyway).
-Tom

Re: Victory over knee injury!

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)I don’t remember that tree. Was it really that big? or is that some
)kind of optical illusion?

The stump on the left is in the foreground of the photo; Scott is still
a ways up the trail. (See the sunlight on the ground in front of him–it’s
behind the stump). Probably the tree trunk on the right side of the photo
used to be attached to the stump on the left.
-Tom

Re: Victory over knee injury!

In article <h6bhc.86435$vn.250181@sea-read.news.verio.net>,
Tom Holub <doosh@inl.org> wrote:
)In article <onefiftyfour.150ive@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com>,
)onefiftyfour <onefiftyfour@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> wrote:
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))[image:
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))I don’t remember that tree. Was it really that big? or is that some
))kind of optical illusion?
)
)The stump on the left is in the foreground of the photo; Scott is still
)a ways up the trail. (See the sunlight on the ground in front of him–it’s
)behind the stump). Probably the tree trunk on the right side of the photo
)used to be attached to the stump on the left.

Oh, and I forgot to mention where it was. The shot is on Downieville,
one or two switchbacks above where we stopped at the bridge.
-Tom

"We can rebuild him. We have the technology.
We have the capability to make the world’s first Bionic MUniman.
Scott Wallis will be that man. Better than he was before.
Better . . . stronger . . . faster. "

Again Scott, great news!

  • Frank

You might be onto something Frank. Even after being off the Muni for six months, he still kicked my butt and I couldn’t keep up with him on our Muni ride last Sunday :wink: