Riding the hand cycle at the University of Calgary last night. My coach Stephen Burke is riding the bike on the left in the background, while 2 other participants are riding on the right. I managed to ride for an hour, and it was really hard work just to keep the pedals moving.
I had my first real hand cycling session last evening. I rode for an hour, and went 2.3 kilometers. I am happy to have the assistance of a Canadian cycle team coach. If all goes well, I will be doing this two evenings a week.
Fascinating, as Mr. Spock used to say. I am generally unable to move my legs in any way. However after an hour on my electrical stimulation bike, with the current causing my legs to pedal the bike, the stimulation comes to an end and I enter a cool down phase. The last few rides, I have waited for the speed to stabilize, and then I try as hard as I can to mash the pedals. In this video, you can see that I manage to speed up the pedals, and half way through the video, you will notice that my power output claims firstly to 1.3 watts, and then to 2.0 watts. What does this mean? I’m not sure exactly, but it gives me incentive to keep riding.!
Practicing kayak-style rowing. It is really hard to lift my left forearm, but I’m doing much better than even couple of months ago.
Doing a superset of military presses and lat pulldowns. Most of the muscles needed for this exercise have only weak innervation, as the main innervation is below the level of my injury.