I rode to work all four days this week. My ride home today was early, just a couple of hours after my ride to work.
Funny how something as simple as an MRI can change your life. Yesterday’s results show that I have a cratered rotator cuff in my left shoulder. There are three tears, surgery is likely. My shoulder has been hurting for a couple of years, and gradually reached the point where the heavy and physical machine shop maintenance work I do had become very difficult.
My employer has maintained its no “light duty” policy, and put me on medical leave. It will likely take me a couple of months to get to see a VA orthopedic doctor, more time before the surgery, then rehab time afterwards. For the foreseeable future, my bike commuting is over.
At this point, I’m glad I ride recumbents. If I had to lean on the handlebar of an upright, I’d likely be off the bike for a while. As it is, I’ll be riding, just not commuting. Guess I’ll take the fenders off the Xstream tomorrow and install my speed wheels.
2012 days ridden to work: 22
2012 commuting mileage: 545.1
Work commute route