So, I was riding a bmx bike yesterday...(Yes, I am sick of sitting around for hours while my son rides, so I hopped on and started riding a few weeks back) It has been great for cornering, and I was getting confident and started jumping over some of the jumps. Well, you can guess that went wrong and I slammed my left side into a hard packed berm. OUCH!!! I thought I was fine, finished off the day and went home. long story short, as I fell my right foot must have slammed into a tooth on the chain ring. I had this small dot of blood. Now my whole foot is bruised and I am hobbling.
I am bummed because I was just getting into a routine again, and wanting to get ready for cross. (I missed 6 weeks of riding due to whooping cough)
Can I train indoors while it heals using mostly my left leg to peddle? Would that make me lopsided??? Is there any cardio work out that does not require the use of my left foot very much? Any advice?
I suggest going to the doctor just in case you haven't already. A couple of years ago I crashed during an MTB race and something (stick or rock) poked a hole in my shin. I ended up getting an infected hematoma that caused my foot to look very bruised and swollen. They gave me a tetnus shot and some antibiotics and I was fine.
Given that you had a puncture wound that looked not so bad when it happened and now you're really bruised, you might want to get it checked out.
As long as you don't have an infection, swimming or water jogging is probably your best option. I think significant riding on the trainer with only leg would likely cause overuse injuries.
I would absolutely agree with the overuse potential. I have been a massage therapist for years now, and I have done mostly exclusive work with cyclists. That being said, if you train one-legged, you will get RMI (repetitive motion injuries) on the pedaling leg. There are very few ways of staying off of the feet and gaining cardio. Best bet is to get the foot checked out, treated, then back on the bike.