(Photo: First trail ride 5 weeks after ankle surgery)
In February 2013, fractured my right collarbone during DH ride in BSA (Johore, Malaysia). Unfortunately, 3 months later in May 2013, fractured my right ankle and fibula again during DH ride in Dangas (Batam, Indonesia). According to livelifehappy.com, "Strength of character isn't always about how much you can handle before you break, it's also about how much you can handle after YOU"VE BROKEN". I could fully relate to the quote, and glad that I was able to do my first trail ride in T15 with my son in June 2013, 5 weeks after ankle surgery.
(Photo: 1 week after surgery) One week after surgery, I started therapy with ankle rotation and resistance exercise with the help of rubber resistance band. It was painful initially, but it became better when the ankle warmed up. The therapist advised 15 reps 4 times a day. I did more than that, until I could not do it anymore.
(Photo: 2 weeks after surgery) I would like to give credit to the team in Alexandra Hospital, especially Dr Gamaliel Tan and his team who did a fantastic job to fix my ankle, and Dr Gukoeep who follow-up with my medical review.
(Photo: 3 weeks after surgery) One week after surgery, I was able to ride trainer slowly for 10 minutes. By 3rd week, I was able to ride at higher resistance for more than 30 minutes. Trainer not only helps to reduce ankle rigidity, but to increase blood circulation to my ankle and increase the speed of healing.
(Photo: 3 weeks after surgery) I started calve muscle exercise about 3 weeks after surgery. For a start, my left ankle supported most of my body weight while the fractured right ankle went with the flow. As the pain reduced, more body weight was transfered to right ankle to build the weakened calve. This exercise is important to prepare my ankle for actual riding.
(Photo: Zan and Chris) This is the other end of T15. Good to meet many MTB kakis along the way. Managed to help one bro with loosened saddle and another bro who was in need of pump. Feel awesome to be back on the green 5 weeks after surgery.
Went for medical review and happy to know that the broken ankle has unionized. I was given green light to go ahead with normal activities. My active lifestyle and regular exercise regime helped to speed up recovery process.