Last August, I broke a 300 mile cycling record across Wisconsin. About 4 months later, while on a leisurely ride the day before Christmas eve, I slipped on some ice and fractured my femur. On Christmas eve, I had the THR. I also had some arthritis in that same hip socket.
Today at my physical therapy session, about 4 weeks later, I got on a Schwinn Airdyne for about 5 minutes. I had the biggest smile on my face. I went back to the bike shop I wrench at and told everybody, "I rode today!"
My co-workers at the shop organized a fundraiser for me last Friday to help cover some of my medical expenses. They sold spots on the computrainers for a minimum $50 donation and had a raffle. Our vendors donated prizes for the raffle. After they added told us how much money was raised and my wife heard, she began to cry. It was almost the exact amount that the insurance company won't be covering. We were so blessed by the support we received by all the people in the cycling community.
The event was so much fun for everybody, and it was the perfect thing for Wisconsin cyclists with cabin fever to "justify" riding a century (solo or on a team) on a cold January day. I've decided, as a way to "pay it forward", I'm going to organize a similar fundraiser each winter in our shop, for some local charity. It's a great way to help people get motivated at a time of year, after the holidays, when it's just difficult to get off your rear end and ride.
Here's a link to a few pictures of the event:
And the Facebook event link: