My Early Contribution to the September Challenge

It is 9:15 pm on August 31st. Malaysia’s Independence Day. As close to September as dammit is to swearing 😄.

Where have I been for the past two and a half months? Not on my bike, for the most part. Cycling was verboten until about a month ago. You will recall from my last post that  I tried jogging, but my knees protested.

This brings me to my sad photograph.

This is my left knee three days after a meniscectomy to remove a tear in the medial meniscus. The tear was an old injury. I aggravated it with the jogging attempts.

The good news is that my surgeon said the rest of the knee is in good shape. No signs of arthritis.

The two weeks following the arthroscopic surgery consisted of physiotherapy, followed by drugs and frequent icing to reduce the swelling that the physiotherapy brought on.

Those of you who have had to rehabilitate a joint know how painful that can sometimes be. Fortunately, the work to strengthen the muscles around, and regain full range of motion in the joint, went well. Two weeks after the operation the sutures came out, and I got the green light to ride my bike again.

After five days of riding on flat roads, it was time to try some slopes.

My happy photograph was taken at the top of a 170 metre / 560 feet climb I did two days ago.

I will take my leave now. Time for Stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Stay safe and healthy.

10 response to "My Early Contribution to the September Challenge"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: August 31, 2021

    Hey Alchemy Guy, that really was a sad picture. I’m glad your rehab and recovery went well, and that you were able to climb up the hill to get that happy picture.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: August 31, 2021

      Thank you, Greg. My knee is doing well.

      Perhaps a testament to the orthopedic surgeon, who also replaced my ACL 14 years ago. That injury is what got me into cycling.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 31, 2021

    Great to see you back, and that you are doing well.
    Very happy the surgery went well, the physio following that makes me cringe to think about it!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: August 31, 2021

      Thank you, Rich.

      The less said about the physio, the better 🤣.

      It is essential, though.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 1, 2021

    Glad you’re recovering well. Many years ago I had a riding buddy whose motto was “Running breaks down knees, riding builds them up.” Don’t know if he was really right, but my knees have never taken kindly to running.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: September 1, 2021

      Thank you, Bill.

      The knee injuries in my youth came from soccer. Twists and sprains. I’m probably paying the price for all that now.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: September 2, 2021

    Oh yes, climbing makes me very happy. And injuries are certainly a source of sadness (and frustration). Very happy for you that rehab has worked well and you are back on the bike and climbing.

    I hope your son is doing well and dodging COVID in the latest outbreak. Doesn’t look like they’ll smash this one. And hopefully Oz can get its vaccination rates up so prison-keeper ScoMo lets us out of the country again and your son can visit you. I’m sure you are missing him as much as I’m missing my parents.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: September 2, 2021

      Hi Em. I hope you are safe and well.

      My son is indeed doing well in Melbourne. He has had one jab. Better late than never.

      International travel. What a quaint idea 🤣.

      Seriously though, I can’t wait to be able to get onto a plane again.

      You take care.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 2, 2021

    Good to see the return of the Cyclelifer from the tropics and the same time zone as me. Good luck with the knee, I’m glad I never played contact sports now.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: September 2, 2021

      Thank you sir. Everything is going well knee-wise.
      It is nice to e riding again. Despite the Tropical weather.

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