July 17, 2012

Motorcycle Cannonball – Will I Be Able To Ride?

I have been concerned about an ache in my left ankle on and off for the last few months. Some days it’s barely noticable and other days it hurts a lot. I woke up this morning around 4 am with terrible pain in my left ankle in the lower back section.It hurt so much there was nothing I could do or any position I could lie in to get comfortable. By the time I got to the office the pain was getting worse so I called a doctor who is a foot and ankle specialist and they told me to come by and they will somehow fit me in.

I got there and the doctor examined and took some X-rays and told me she was pretty sure I had torn my Achilles tendon – but only partially. To make a long story short, she told me I was lucky that I did not have a full tear as that would require surgery and low chance of a full recovery. The partial tear means I wear a soft cast on my left ankle and half way up my leg. I need to wear it 24/7 except when in the shower. And I’d need to wear it for 6 to 8 weeks followed by a month of physical therapy.

Now, normally I’d do as she said and deal with it. Except this timing is bad. Real bad. Two weeks and a day from now I am supposed to fly to Minneapolis and pick up a current model Indian motorcycle and ride it to Sturgis. At Sturgis I have a full schedule. On Monday I am supposed to be in the Mayor’s Ride for charity. On Wednesday I am scheduled to be inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame. And on Friday I am supposed to be one of the presenters for the Harley-Davidson Sturgis Ride-In Motorcycle show. Tough to do while limping around with a cast and stuck in a cage for transportation.

Sitting on my 1929 Harley JDH a few weeks ago while rolling on break in miles before the Motorcycle Cannonball

And even more of a concern for me is that the Motorcycle Cannonball, that I have been spending a year and tens of thousands of dollars to prepare for rolls out from Newburgh, NY seven weeks and three days from today. Even if I will be able to ride without a cast – which is still questionable, there is no way  I can ride any motorcycle between now and then – including my 1929 Harley JDH I plan on riding cross country after at least 6 weeks of no riding. And then I have to wonder if my legs will be in good enough shape to endure the stress of these long days of riding.

I am going to do everything I can to be prepared for the Cannonball and be as healthy as possible. My friends and I have worked too hard for me not to ride in this event. And this old Harley is in such great condition I certainly do not want to be the weakest link here. But then again, it would be a massive mistake to push myself into doing it if I am not strong enough or ready to do it properly.

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries by Buzz Kanter

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