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May 14th 2016, 01:51 AM   #1
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
Die lange Straße zurück (The long road back)

It's been nearly 21 months since I crashed on my RZ350. After Physical Therapy failed during that Autumn and Winter, I had my Rotator Cuff Surgically Repaired April 2015. I was progressing pretty well until mid October when I had a bad fall resulting in a debilitating knee injury. This negatively affected my ability to continue the full regimen of PT for my shoulder; the inactivity for 8 weeks after the fall became life-threatening with a severe bout of DVT and Pulmonary Embolisms.

I've now put much of that behind me; the knee injury still persists, certainly quite exacerbated by my considerable excessive weight. Despite that, I'm finally at a point where I've healed enough to start taking short rides. I'm trying to increase them a bit each time. Today's ride was just over an hour, the third one I've taken in the last month. My shoulder is holding up decently so far; the big question is how long it will take to be able to ride all day with minimal pain, or will that even be possible. I'm hopeful, since my knee is giving me more problems than the shoulder, presently.

My fitness level wasn't real good prior to the collision that August; now, after so much nearly total inactivity since then, I finally feel like I'm making at least incremental progress. I was unable to go on the PNW Ladies Spring Opener last weekend, but I'm still hopeful that by the time another 2 months have passed, I'll have worked up to having enough stamina, and my knee (and shoulder) have recovered enough to be able to ride 250+ mile days once again. I've been working out 3x a week at a Therapy Swimming Pool and it's starting to feel like it's helping bring things along.

It's a long road back, to be sure. The title in German is just my personal feeling of how I first learned to ride extensively on the street in Germany on an RD350, and the hope of once again feeling (mentally) like I'm 18 again back on Rodalbestraße, and able to ride all day.

My confidence level right now isn't much above Newbie, but in time that should greatly improve. All in all, though, I'm grateful that I can once again start back and hope I won't miss another full summer of adventures.
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May 14th 2016, 02:29 AM   #2
 galenernest's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Beijing

  Honda CBF190R
Progress is progress... very glad to hear that you're out riding more and more! Keep it up
May 14th 2016, 11:59 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
We sometimes have to make the mental commitment to ride through the pain...or quit riding, I have been close there once and do not like to reconsider it. You seem to be a real trooper and the best wishes to as complete of a recovery as you can get. Put obtainable goals before you, recognize the limitations, and change what you can to keep on riding!

Would love to make your acquaintance someday on the road and we can share stories...and NSAIDs.
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May 14th 2016, 04:45 PM   #4
 Longrides's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Skagit Valley

  2007 Ducati Multistrada
Keep up the good work, you'll get there.
May 14th 2016, 06:38 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
I'm so glad to hear that you are making progress towards getting back on two wheels! What a challenging road you've traveled. You have my respect.

Bravo!
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May 14th 2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

Ha, NSAIDs. Story my riding career after a long life of less than stellar motorcycling performances. My confidence has greatly exceeded my skill on many occasions.

Huge props to you for sticking with it. I will never give it up either, I've seen riders/racers with prosthetics and more hardware than Home Depot, they wouldn't think of not riding.

I do find I have to pay more attention to conditioning now though....see, motorcycling is good for your health!

And also don't overlook finding or fitting a bike to make your riding possible and comfortable. Part of what I do now is work with my fellow aging boomers to extend their riding careers.
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May 14th 2016, 09:06 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  Monsters
So glad to hear and also - I admire your resolution in achieving the goal

BTW, wouldn't it be Die lange Weg zurück?
May 15th 2016, 07:47 AM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  92 miles from Windy Ridge, Mt. St. Helens

  2017 FZ-07; Z1000 Kawi; '84 RZ350; '76 RD400; '74 RD350; '66 Suzuki X6 250..a few others
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So glad to hear and also - I admire your resolution in achieving the goal

BTW, wouldn't it be Die lange Weg zurück?
Thanks everyone. I'm determined to get back to where I was and beyond.

And Lena, you're probably right. I'm not near fluent in German, but I can "get by" okay....and try to retain what little I know in the hopes I can go back for a Motorcycle vacation one summer.
May 15th 2016, 08:27 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

  H-D
Wow, you have certainly endured a series of problems and complications. It says a lot for your fortitude and determination that you are continuing to improve. These things are always a marathon, not a sprint. Good to hear that you are getting out on the bike(s) too. A one hour ride is an achievement, especially if you're on a two stroke! Get well soon, the weather is improving.
May 15th 2016, 01:17 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton

  With a grin on my face
Thanks for the post. You serve as an example to us all that a good attitude, hopeful outlook, and hard work will get you through the dark days. Continued healing as you persevere!
May 15th 2016, 05:49 PM   #11
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  Mar 2016
  PNW

  Ducati ST4s, Ducati Monster, R1 CLE
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lena

BTW, wouldn't it be Die lange Weg zurück?
No, Quicklime translated correctly. "The long road" is indeed "die lange Strasse". If you wanted to say "long way" instead, then "lange Weg" would be correct. But then you would have to change gender for the pronoun as well, as "Weg" is masculine and would make it "der lange Weg zurueck".


Hope that helps
May 15th 2016, 06:32 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Well I think Def Leppard said it best, "Under Gleiben Globbun Gloebun"...
May 15th 2016, 07:01 PM   #13
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  Mar 2016
  PNW

  Ducati ST4s, Ducati Monster, R1 CLE
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Well I think Def Leppard said it best, "Under Gleiben Globbun Gloebun"...
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Jun 4th 2016, 09:52 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  The Dalles

Hang in there girl. I've had some serious injuries and getting back on the bike was my main motivation to recovery.

I answered a Craigslist add once, the kind that started with "health forces sale". Turns out the guy was getting his knee replaced and was giving up riding. I told him I had my knee replaced 4 years ago and and bad just returned from a 17,000 mile epic trip. It's all about how much you love to ride.
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