It's been a frustrating couple of years of injuries. I've been working on a recovery from a broken calcaneous (Heel bone) in my left foot suffered in June 2006 and I've been reeling from a re-occurring back injury (Herniated L5S1) suffered in the gym back in April while training for the 2007 season. I'm going to have surgery on January 4th and they will trim the herniated disc and send me to physical therapy afterward. The doctor tells me that I should be out of work for about 2 weeks after the surgery and after that on the road to (fingers crossed) a full recovery. Right now I'm suffering from Numbness in my left leg/foot and alot of chronic nerve pain from the bulging disc pushing on a nerve that often makes it very difficult to even walk, sit, lay down etc. Do any of you other monkeys have any similar experiences with this surgery? I'm a bit worried about how hard it is going to be to get back in the gym after the surgery to train and get back on the bike to race. What kind of time should I expect for recovery? and What my overall recovery will be like? I'm hoping that after a few months I will feel better than I have in a few years and maybe I will feel more capable not having the constant back pain that has always lingered. I've been told by others (not Mountain Bikers) that the surgery was the best thing they have done and are glad they did it. I'm wondering how it will all play out for someone like myself who rides bikes. Thanks.