Back on the Saddle | Health + Fitness Magazine


While cycling is not America’s favorite pastime, it has its ups and downs, and Jimmy Reed, 57, co-owner of Marx-Bensdorf Realtors, experiences the good, the bad, and the broken.

Reed has been riding since 1983, and was sold on the sport after placing fifth in his first race.

“It sucked me in to it,” Reed said. “I remember how painful and fun it was at the same time. It’s a crazy addiction.”

From then on Reed has competed 12 to 15 times a year, finishing without a scratch in most races.

“Some race courses are truly dangerous, but I got banged up on a fairly unchallenging turn in the road,” Reed said.

In many cycling accidents, when one falls, the rest come tumbling after, which is what happened to Reed.

“With whatever activity you happen to love, you have to get back on the horse,” Reed said.

But Reed wasn’t thrown off of a horse in some lush field. He was bumped off his bike during a road race in East Tennessee. The crash left him with road burns, five broken ribs, and a shattered right collarbone.

“The drive home was a little uncomfortable,” Reed said.

Like any injury needing assistance, Reed met with doctors, but not until he drove more than 200 miles to Memphis to see the doctors at OrthoMemphis.

Twenty plus years of riding will take its toll on any body. As an endurance athlete, Reed has go-to surgeons.

“Randy Holcomb at OrthoMemphis was shaking his head when looking at the x-ray,” Reed said.

Prior to this accident, Holcomb operated on Reed multiple times. However, with Holcomb unavailable for a quick surgery, Reed was referred to and operated on by doctors David Brown and Kenneth Weiss, also of OrthoMemphis.

Reed was familiar with Weiss and Brown’s work through his wife, Janice, who also lives an active lifestyle that requires medical attention from time to time.

It’s been nearly six months since Reed’s late-July accident, and he’s almost fully recovered.

“The recovery time was slower than past experiences given all the damage,” Reed said. “But I am very happy to be back riding.”

The doctors told Reed that his surgery was as successful as they hoped it would be. After a shattered collarbone, he can expect to regain full range of motion within a few months, progress which he also contributes to Casey Malone in the rehab department of OrthoMemphis.

Through hard times and broken bones, Reed manages to hop back on the saddle and do what he loves.

“Folks that are truly passionate about their activity are blessed,” Reed said. “The friendships you make with like-minded people are really a blessing.”

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