I finally got on the road bike for the first time since the surgery. It was last Saturday exactly 19 days post surgery. As far as I can tell this is a World Record for riding a bike so soon after total hip replacement. I welcome anyone to scour the internet or ask their doctor to find anyone who has done this earlier. As I mentioned a few posts ago the surgeon gave me the OK to do anything I wanted with the new hip.. So if I was into robbing a bank I could do it without any crutches or a cane if I felt up to it.
I pumped up the tires, filled the water bottle, put on my Saturday best cycling clothes and climbed aboard the bike for a nice easy 10 mile very flat out and back loop I often ride from the house. The link to the stats from the ride >>> http://connect.garmin.com/activity/14422882 . One item of note was a clicking sound as I peddled I had never heard before and wasn't sure it was something mechanical with the bike or the new hip. The rest of the day I spent recovering from the effort.
I continue walking with the assistance of one cane and still can't seem to get rid of an aching pain I have in the leg which I mostly feel at night. Very annoying. I am told from someone who had their hip replaced about six months ago this is common and by the fourth week it should go away. I am still mostly sleeping on my back which is OK until about 4 or 5 in the morning when I can't take it any more, trying to then sleep on my slide without much success. I will be going to work tomorrow for the first time so my scam is over.
Today I took my second bike ride, exactly three weeks after surgery. I added three extra miles on a similar route as the first ride. This time I wanted to put out a greater effort as I felt comfortable I wasn't going to break the new hip or any of the muscles or tendons surrounding it. I ride this route quite frequently and usually average around 18 mph for the ride with an average heart rate of 150 beats a minute. I really pushed myself today and wound up with a fairly slow 13.8 mph average at the same 150 heart rate. So I was working as hard as I usually do with much slower results. It is like I am getting on a bike for the first time. When I got home I was so exhausted I passed out for two hours. The stats for the 2nd ride >>> http://connect.garmin.com/activity/14629968. This time there was no clicking sound so I won't have to take my bike to the shop or hip to the surgeon for repairs.
Anyway that is it for week three.