Well it’s been an interesting month since my last blog post. My previous post excitedly told you all about the great feelings of reaching a goal. I had a great time racing in the Gastown Grand Prix and was all set to cap off that great week with a podium spot in the Penticton Fondo when ‘Crash!’ Down I went off my bike with only 30 km left in the race. Ouch, broken collar bone. 6-8 weeks of healing ahead of me and Haute Route Pyrenees (my 7-day bike race in Europe only 7 weeks away).
Life seems to be like that sometimes. One minute you are on top of the world riding stronger than you ever have, and then the next second you are on the ground broken. Isn’t that the nature of the beast? After the crash in my mind there was really only one choice available, start rehab the very next day. I did take a week off the bike and exercising completely, but started chiropractic care right away. I’m just over 3-weeks post break and the healing is coming along. I’m back outside riding in a limited capacity and going hard indoors on the trainer.
What I’m learning is that a broken collar bone hurts…haha. Actually this has been a good opportunity to bring perspective. Life is a lot like racing your bike. Things can be going great, then suddenly you can get blindsided by something you weren’t expecting. When that happens allow yourself some time to relax, and evaluate the situation. Look to your friends and family for support, adjust your plan, and move on. I think if you find a way to accept what happened it is way easier to move forward.
I’ve been really lucky with all the support I have around me. Chiro, Physio, and Sports Med Doc have all been great referrals from people I’ve met being the owner of GWA. My business partner has had to put up with a less productive ally, but he’s tough and can handle it…
The biggest thing now is to not push my rehab too hard/fast. I have to remind myself daily that it’s okay to go to Europe and just ride. My 7-day odyssey through the Pyrenees doesn’t have to happen at full race pace – I keep telling that to myself anyways.