First of all, I had some very delicious ribs Saturday night from Birdog BBQ in Colorado Springs. Best I've had since leaving Tennessee.
But my own ribs are even more tender. I re-read the doctor's report and discovered that it was three, not two ribs that took the beating. I asked the guys in the Leadville 100 Yahoo group for advice.
Larry said, "I've broken my ribs a few times. As a matter of fact I'm in my 5th week recovering from broken ribs now. Your doc is right. There is nothing you can do and pain will be your guide. The first week will hurt just to breath hard. Easy road riding up to an intensity that you can stand will work. It gradually gets better in the second/third week. I've found taking advil before a ride helps. After about three weeks you can mountain bike without experiencing too much pain on the bumps, but its still painful. You should be able significantly pick up the intensity (breath hard) by then. You don't want to crash though. (Your ribs will be reminding you of that fact). I did a mountain bike race that was pretty rough with no advil yesterday (exactly 5 weeks after the crash) and had no issues. Terry said, "Like your doc said, 'let the pain be your guide.' I'd give a couple weeks real good rest first, maybe some light road riding if you're feeling pain free. Gotta give those ribs time to heal tho. After 2 weeks, go out and see how you feel. It may still hurt a little to breathe, but you won't have to worry about broken bones not fusing. That part is done. So there you have it. I think I'll put the bike on the trainer in a few days and see if I can spin easily indoors. we're supposed to get a lot of rain this week anyway. Then maybe the following week, go out to the Air Force Academy and ride. The roads there are wide, smooth, and little traffic. Not to mention some great hills.
There are still 12 weeks until Leadville. I have plenty of time if I don't get hurt again. I must be patient and give these babies time to get better. Maybe I can get serious and drop some more weight while I'm at it. I find it hard to strike the balance between getting enough food to recover from long hard rides, and eating enough less to drop some more weight.
I went ahead and spoke today, both services. I felt better yesterday than I do today. I went out yesterday and did too much when I should have stayed in the recliner. That's so out of character for me....