Injury too. But not like that... About, let's see, I think 7 years ago now, walking to the garage one morning, slipped on ice, broke hip. Got it bolted back on. 6 months on crutches, limited mobility after, could get around but couldn't run, jump, or walk any real distance. Pretty hard to get stronger when you can't really do anything. I was unfit before but absolutely useless after.
So, found my ancient carrera up the back of my mum and dad's garage, fixed it up, got on the road. Literally once round the block, all I could do, but over time 2 laps then 3 then right down the hill, then as far as my work (but not back, had to be rescued!)... And started to remember, hey, bikes are pretty good, I used to like this.
So, decided to lash out on a properly expensive new bike. £300. Off into the hills. And without really knowing, ended up with a list of targets- get to the top of that big hill. One day I got to the top of the big hill and finally rode down to the reservoir on the other side (Maiden's Cleugh, Pentlands people). Almost died coming back over! Skip a step or two and I find myself up alps, or racing on a world cup course, or best of all jsut going riding.
So that break's given me... Well, this, til I can't do it any more. The leg never stops hurting, but it's been worth it.