Up until 5 weeks ago, I was in the best shape of my life. Cycling (racing) 250 miles a week. Lifting weights three times a week. Then one day, SEVERE sciatic pain. MRI showed a HUGE L4/L5, herniation. I opted for immediate microdiscectomy. Glad I did as it was a severe rupture.
Surgery was 16 days ago. Walking 3-5 miles a day. Doctor has given me the green light for the bike 4 weeks post surgery.
I am very interested in hearing advice from athletes who have returned after this procedure.