Good morning, Hipsters.
7 weeks post-op and feeling mighty good. Sunday consisted of 3 miles pleasant walking, several sets of PT and a 25 mile cycle.
Most of the time I am unaware of any difference between hips.
As to cycling . . . For those who don’t cycle, or see it as very secondary, a word about cycling after THR:
While I wait to run, I’ve been pressing cycling (I used to race fairly seriously). Within these few weeks, initially spinning on a wind trainer, now riding outside, I find that my cycling fitness is returning very, very quickly. Obviously the precise range of motion and specific muscles make this a more predictable workout, but the normality is quite striking. I’ve ridden only a dozen times, half of them indoors, but my power is nearly normal. I know pace and gear ratio on a whole series of inclines and hills, so my comparisons are fairly accurate.
I write this because of the obvious need to approach running more gradually due, in part, to the much greater impact but also, I suspect, due to the more complex muscle systems involved.
The opportunity to press earlier with cycling may allow other hip-runners to be, albeit it temporarily, hip-cyclists. Perhaps my experience is unique, but I think probably not. The chance to work toward a high level of fitness only 7 weeks post-op is very good for my psychological well-being. I surely could not do this with running.
Hope all recent THR’s are progressing brilliantly.