I have not been able to ride the last four weeks due to a severe infection I was fighting. In fact it is the type of infection that makes me very anxious to get back on the bike. I know for me riding is even more important for my mental health than my physical health. What happens then when riding may not be great for your physical health? How do you adjust to allow yourself to ride? That is my predicament. I am a hard core biker and bicycle injury lawyer. So I WILL find a way.
Myself, like many others, often will have reasons from time to time that will prevent them from riding for a period of time. This can be due to injuries, vacations, or even the weather. In my case, it was due to an infection of my prostate. When you have an acute infection of the prostate it creates a type of suffering I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Accordingly, this particular reason for not riding, makes getting back on the bike even that much more problematic. It didn’t take much googling to know there is a relationship between biking and prostate issues.
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I have now spoken to my doctor as well as a professional bike fitter regarding this issue. The only real advice I have been given is to make sure that I have the proper saddle (wide enough) and have the bike professionally fitted to me. In addition, I should always remember to stand up at least once every half an hour and if I begin to get signs of infection to immediately act on it.
This is certainly not the type of advice that makes me jump back on the bike with 100% confidence there will be no future problems. However, it is all I can do and as such it is what I will do. Now for most people this will never be an issue. However if you are somebody that has had this issue before please feel free to provide any advice you can. I also always keep in mind that the health risks of riding FAR outweigh the risks. Here is a study done in 2010 that makes this very clear.
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On a separate but very important note. We are now approaching what I like to call the eating season; this includes Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), Hanukkah, and Christmas. Of course it is always important to be hyper aware when you ride but during these times please be extra careful. I know that there will be many more intoxicated drivers on the road.
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Bicycle Injury Lawyer / Enthusiast