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  1. Great footage Marko! Looks like a great day on the trails. Gutted that I couldn't make it.
  2. Looks like a great day, Chris. Nice work with setting it up. I'm definitely keen to do another training day with Tim in the future.
  3. Taylor715 may also be interested. She's on SE side and level 1+
  4. Nicely said, RickyD! Great tips
  5. Love your work, sir! You're going to love it!
  6. Will keep fingers crossed that the cold change will continue long enough to settle things down.
  7. You're very welcome, Chris. Happy to help out, mate. It sounds like the surgeon did a brilliant job of putting your knee back together, and that your recovery is going perfectly so far. Remember to go easy with the activity - don't push it too hard in these early months. Listen to your body if it's in pain, because trying to push through the pain can lead to major damage to the tissue that is healing, which can be a very complicated issue to fix. Otherwise, keep up the positive attitude and enjoy the riding, Chris. Take it easy buddy. Rus
  8. Thanks for that reference to the Merc Club, Chris. I'll definitely check out the clips on YouTube! I'm sure you're going to love getting into enduro racing, mate. All the best with that. Keep us updated with how things go!
  9. 1) The swelling when you walk may be occurring because of the following: damage to the cartilage which has not healed properly - this will take extra time to heal (and possibly ultrasound) the tissue is still too weak to take long periods of pressure from activity (going too hard, too quickly) - this requires slow, gradual activity to allow the tissue to build it's strength. Think of it this way: if you can only push 20kg maximum on your bench press today, you can't expect to be able to build to bench pressing 100kg by tomorrow by doing a really long session in the gym tomorrow morning. That will end in injury. The tissue of your knee needs time to build strength instability in the joint from stretched ligaments - this will need to be rested to allow the ligaments to recover unbalanced muscle contraction during walking - this can be fixed through exercises from your surgeon and physio Note: that's a basic list that I can give without running an assessment on the knee, Chris. It is not an exhaustive list of everything that could be causing the swelling, but they are the most common and likely things to be causing the issue. It could be caused by a single factor, or a combination of 2 or 3 factors which are creating the inflammation. Given that you've mentioned that it's not too bad, it sounds like it may be a case of simply easing back on the amount of activity a little. 2) Yes, putting your foot down at speed with the weight of the bike behind you can lead to damage at your fracture site, so you will need to be careful. This doesn't only apply because you're recovering from an injury - putting your foot down at speed at any time can cause damage if there is enough force behind the dab. While knee braces may assist with hyperextension and lateral trauma of your knee, the braces can't do anything for compression of the joint. As far as the vibrations go [and I am specifically talking about vibration, not jarring from giant tree roots, logs, and ledges), you'll be fine (...within reason). 3) The running can place a large amount of pressure through the knee, so it can take a long time before the joint is strong enough to endure the load. If you are a runner and need to get back to pounding the pavement as soon as possible, then it may work in your favour to see a podiatrist to get supports to keep you feet straight, which will minimise the load on your knee; and see a running coach to ensure that your running technique isn't loading the knee excessively, which will set you up for injury. If you are not a runner, then you don't have to worry about it for the next 9 months. Jump in a pool and smack out a few Ks; or jump on a push bike, which will increase your fitness without the compressive load that running creates. 4) Your surgeon should let you know if the cartilage damage needs any more attention. Ask your physio to run an assessment on the joint if you're concerned. Hope this helps, Chris! All the best, buddy. Cheers, Rus
  10. Hi Chris, That's a decent fracture, mate. Depending on the severity of the fracture, bones will generally heal within 6-12 weeks (that said, we have treated complicated and severe fractures which have taken up to 9-12 months to fully recover - which is not your situation). Your plate and screws will reinforce the bone really well, but the amount of recovery time will depend on: amount of inflammation around your joint whether there is associated damage to meniscus and cartilage - this will take longer to heal than the fracture and can cause pain and swelling of the knee during activity whether there is associated damaged to ligaments - this will create instability during movement, which can also lead to swelling and pain during and after activity whether there is post-operative complications, such as infection or excessive inflammation - this would require medication to control how your post operative rehabilitation is being managed - keeping the joint moving in the early stages is very important, but keeping the intensity low is essential because the injured tissue can become inflamed, which will slow down your recovery how your muscles are being trained once you are back into normal movement - exercises to keep the muscles balanced around your knee, pelvis, and foot, to keep your knee straight and prevent pressure from being translated to the injury site during activity By the look of your x-rays, it can take around 4 months for the bone to fully recover from the inflammation (that's not back to full strength - that's getting you back to ground zero so that you can start to build your leg strength back up). Many athletes who have plate and screws experience discomfort from time to time when they're active, but if your rehab is managed properly then there is a very high possibility that you can be 100% pain free. From what you have described so far, it sounds like you're bang on track for a full recovery. At this stage of your recovery it is still normal to have some pressure and pain, but be sure to ask your physio and surgeon if you're concerned about anything specific, or if you notice that things are not improving. Tell them what you're experiencing; ask them why you are feeling the pain; ask if it's normal to feel the pain at this stage of your recovery; ask what needs to be done to fix it as quickly as possible. I hope this helps Chris. Let me know if you have any other Qs, and I'll send through whatever info you need. All the best, champ! Cheers, Rus
  11. I'm keeping the whole month of May free until you set the date
  12. All it needs is a date, mate! Can't wait!
  13. Sorry to hear of your injury, Cobraone. Here's to a quick recovery, mate. All the best. Cheers, Rus