I broke my ribs about 12 months ago, and as you do I went on the net and chose the advice that best suited what I wanted to do. So I started riding after a week, they had been healing really well up to this point, so went on a gentle road ride hit a pot hole, large cracking sound in chest ensued, and 3/4 weeks of pain were my reward with no riding and subsequent drop in fitness, which lasted for most of the year.
Yesterday I hit a tree and looks like I have broken them again ( other side of chest this time, so at least some balance there) at the minute the pain is not as bad as I remember from last time, so I may have just badly bruised them (may be kidding myself here).
I have over the last 2 months worked really hard trying to get some kind of fitness, and really don't want to lose it all again. So my plan this time is to wait a week then week on the turbo trainer and take from there.
Anybody got any real world experience of keeping up hard won fitness when recovering from broken ribs ? any advice welcome.
PS. The Ride at Whinlatter was brilliant even in torrential rain and the Tree did not seem to suffer any ill effects in the collision Maintaining .