Question: I’m 52 and ride 80-100 miles a week. Recently, I had a 7-hour surgery that will keep me off my bike and out of the gym for 4-6 weeks, possibly longer. I’m concerned that I will lose all of my fitness. Do you think it’s okay to start training sooner? — Sandi B.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Do what your surgeon and physician say!
The sports world is full of examples of athletes who suffered setbacks because they rushed recovery.
The general rule is not to try to come back too quickly. Most cyclists are hard driving people who tend to be “non-compliers,” med-speak for those who don’t do what the doc tells them to.
Some physicians do err on the side of too much rest and recuperation. Make sure your doc knows that you’re a cyclist and it means a lot to you to get back on the road. He or she can then advise you about the quickest way to rehab.
Yes, you’ll lose some fitness. But a few more days of recuperation won’t cost you as much as suffering complications from returning to workouts too soon. Surgery is serious business. Give your body time to heal and then you can come back strong.