I broke my femur when I screwed and approach and fell jumping a downed tree last month, and have had my leg/hip rebuilt. I should be cleared to walk and ride again in a few weeks, and I am going to concentrate on getting my quads and hips back to my pre crash state. My wind and endurance were pretty good before the injury, since I was training for a few endurance races. My question is whether I should use faster cadence at first and use my heart rate as a monitor, or go for more strength work using a slower cadence and getting out of the saddle more. My knee is a bit weak from an ACL injury many years ago, but has held up pretty well so far. My trails here are mostly flow with a few roots etc. but with short steep sections. What do you think?
A: David, I think you should talk to your physical therapist about all of this stuff. I’m not really an expert in this field and have never broken my femur or had ACL surgery. I really can’t say. My guess would be that you’ll have to do some of both and also include strength workouts in the gym, stretching and specific exercises that your PT gives you. I wish you a speedy recovery.