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Old 07-13-11, 01:58 PM   #1
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Season ending prematurely

I'm still having significant back and side pain after my 40mph crash this Sunday, so I went in for some x-rays this morning.

The verdict is two broken ribs, each broken in two places. Doc says ribs normally heal in 6-8 weeks but because of how bad my breaks are he thought I am looking at three months He strongly urged me to stay off the bike completely for at least three weeks, and after that only very gentle riding to the point where I am just starting to increase my respiration for at least another three weeks. Even assuming he is being conservative and I try to get back to full-bore training in a month, that gives me just a week before the last race of the season and there's no way I'll have any form. Good-bye race season.

I'm not happy. My fitness is great right now and I was starting to make things happen. Now it's all down the tubes. It sounds like my best bet is just to lay off for six weeks and then start building a massive base for next year. Hopefully I can find the willpower to avoid training for the Winter Pizza -n- Beer Olympics.
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Old 07-13-11, 02:03 PM   #2
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So sorry. Heal up and be glad you'll be able to get at it again in the future. Try and look for some positives that will motivate you to continue.
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Old 07-13-11, 02:07 PM   #3
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Hey at least it isn't March right?
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Old 07-13-11, 02:07 PM   #4
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"BROKEN" ribs are a lot more serious than what is often referred to as cracked ribs
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flail_chest
While those things are "loose" and floating, you risk puncturing your lung. I would follow orders, though I would expect you won't feel all that great breathing anyway.
I'm sitting it out too after stupidity on my part two weeks ago.
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Old 07-13-11, 02:18 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your injuries, I know it's frustrating, especially when you're going well. Heal up, use it as motivation to return to even better shape.
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Old 07-13-11, 02:28 PM   #6
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mattm: Thoughts of you have been motivating me. To see the results you are having now after your accident earlier this year gives me hope that it is possible to come back and be strong. I just need to get to that "acceptance" stage and start looking to a future further away than the next race weekend.
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mattm: Thoughts of you have been motivating me. To see the results you are having now after your accident earlier this year gives me hope that it is possible to come back and be strong. I just need to get to that "acceptance" stage and start looking to a future further away than the next race weekend.
Ha, thanks!

My only advice is to really listen to the doctor, and play it safe. It's not worth it to get back on the bike for late-season races, especially if you might re-injure stuff.

Patience is the hardest part now - hopefully you have good memories of races this season and last - use those to motivate you to repeat or do better next year!

Best of luck.
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Stay away from comedy movies during the first few weeks.

I had a great conversation with an X Ray tech once...

Me: So?

XRay tech: Well, the doctor needs to look at this but there's a chance you have a broken rib. Why don't you take a look (holds xray to the light revealing what looks like a snapped branch).

Me: A chance?

Xray tech: (rolling eyes) Yeah, but you'll have to wait for the doctor to confirm.

Me: So we're going what...50/50?
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Me: So we're going what...50/50?
It is or it isn't. That's 50/50.

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Ha, thanks!

My only advice is to really listen to the doctor, and play it safe. It's not worth it to get back on the bike for late-season races, especially if you might re-injure stuff.

Patience is the hardest part now - hopefully you have good memories of races this season and last - use those to motivate you to repeat or do better next year!

Best of luck.
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You'll be racing a long time. Don't worry about this week or this month. When you feel totally comfortable racing the bike again then you should race the bike.

Just don't rush it.
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Sorry about the crash and shutting it down. But, super happy you checked it out and found out what was going on and can proceed with a healthy plan! It will all come back!!
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Old 07-13-11, 05:36 PM   #12
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Sorry to hear about your injuries, I know it's frustrating, especially when you're going well. Heal up, use it as motivation to return to even better shape.
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I broke my arm last Sept and returned with vengence at November....just heal and rest up.. use the free time with your family, friends, and reflect.

When I returned back to training at November, I was highly motivated so I trained hard..I end up getting stronger than the previous season.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:44 PM   #13
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40 miles an hour? Jeez.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:48 PM   #14
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XRay tech: Well, the doctor needs to look at this but there's a chance you have a broken rib. Why don't you take a look (holds xray to the light revealing what looks like a snapped branch).

Me: A chance?

Xray tech: (rolling eyes) Yeah, but you'll have to wait for the doctor to confirm.

Me: So we're going what...50/50?
There's awfully good money in being the person to provide that confirmation.

@heppm - ribs can be a ***** to heal, what with that needing to breath all the time and stuff, so I'm glad to hear that you're going to take it easy and aim for next year. Enjoy your down-time, investigate a new hobby, and get stoked for the spring.

cheers
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