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Old 09-21-13, 06:48 PM   #1551
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Yeah. Yellow tape, chopper and all.
Suddenly I'm not too sorry I missed it.
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Old 09-22-13, 05:53 AM   #1552
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sounds like a day of adventure, Shovel.

Exactly what procedure is being contemplated?
It was a great day overall. I could do without the terrorist threat and would have liked to have done better in the race, but overall it was a nice way to end the season.

My shoulder isn't right. It's kinda, sorta right. If I was your average American male, I would most likely live with it. But between being an athlete, working around the house, side work, anything involving lifting more than 40 pounds or torquing a nut more than 60 foot pounds, it feels like my shoulder is going to rip off. There are days with pain, and days without. It will probably continue to get better over time, but I don't feel that it will ever be *right*.

My primary orthopedic surgeon has suggested a procedure where they lop off the end of my clavicle, then drill a hole from the clavicle through to the shoulder blade and use a stainless "toggle bolt" suture to pull the shoulder back together. He would also put the torn tendons back together using cadaver tendons. Tendons from my leg are off limits. Recovery time for this procedure is 3-6 months. Thursday I am getting a second opinion from a medical group that has three shoulder specialists on board. We will see what they say.
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That definitely sounds extreme enough to warrant careful consideration. Around here, the go to group are the docs working with the Diamondbacks, and they did a non-surgical 'manipulation' to cure a frozen shoulder for me. From what you've said, you believe you have the right advisors, and you yourself make solid decisions, so you have a great shot at choosing the right path. Here's hoping that, either way, it works out.

I see Ortho Tues. Right now I can lift my hand only a couple inches.
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Old 09-22-13, 07:56 AM   #1554
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The Harpoon beer tickets freebie was a nice surprise in the race packet. There were lots of free samples being distributed as well, which made for a mish-mash post-race lunch (e.g., pumpkin Larabar, some kind of organic chips, nut-free treats). I liked the course; the pace was fast -- I was one of the dnf riders (I was in the winner's slipstream for a while and was feeling good, and then all of a sudden, bing bang boom, I was falling back and lost it)...whatever, it happens -- and I appreciated the free-shower service offered by the nearby Boston Sports Club. I am exhausted and welcomed this as the end of the racing portion of the season. I feel pretty good about my racing this season, and have a nice platform to build off of for next season. It was good to see shovel and his family, and to have a post-race "the season is over" hug. As for the bomb scare, I stayed in the garage after I parked, and did my warmups on an upper floor with no traffic :-) Who knew it would matter? See y'all out there.

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Boston Mayor's Cup, M40+, NCC, warm and windy, in the field somewhere but out of the money. This is one of my favorite races although I don't expect much. There are always big, fast, national fields. The course is your typical city course but not rectangular, and it's not especially technical. My pre-race routine was disrupted by a bomb scare in the race parking garage. The cops wouldn't let us back in. With 45 minutes before the start, in street clothes, I wasn't exactly calm. I waited around for 10 minutes then took off to find a way to sneak in, which I did. I had to do an abbreviated trainer warmup, then a few laps around the course. We lined up, and they held off the start to let as many guys get out of the garage as possible. There goes my warmup. At least it was everyone.

So the race gets going at the usual 30+ average blistering pace for the first ten laps. I had started in the second row, but drifted back towards the middle of the field because of the surprisingly horrendous bike handling skills of many in the field. Maybe they're used to cross or something and forgot how to race on the road. For a group of Cat1-3 I was surprised. A break of six or seven goes up the road but we reel them back shortly thereafter. By this time I'm a lot closer to the front. Once the counter starts, the pace picks up bigtime. Coming into tun three some numbnut divebombs the inside, loses it, wrangles with others in front of me and a bunch go down. I had to come to a complete trackstand stop, praying that nobody rear-ends me. I work my way through the mayhem, but there's about 200m between me and the field. I crush it to catch back on. Right after I catch a group of three goes up the road, which stuck. I make my way towards the front of the group again, and numbnut #2 pulls the same stunt in turn three again. This time I was able to keep moving at 5-8mph and weave around the carnage, but yet again, I have to bridge to the field, this time with 4 to go. I fought like heck to get back to the front but I just didn't have enough left in the tank. Many good riders got blown off the back or hung on for dear life to finish. I wasn't last by any means.

This ends my season. It was such a pleasure to have my wife with me. She sat in the grandstands and prayed for my safety. I got my kid a press pass so they were able to go just about anywhere they wanted to on the course to shoot. I saw bostongarden and a friend in the beer tent afterwards as we watched the women 3-4. Then the family had a nice lunch in the North End, stopped for pastry, took a drive by BU, then headed home.

I have a surgical consult on Thursday, then it's decision time.
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That definitely sounds extreme enough to warrant careful consideration. Around here, the go to group are the docs working with the Diamondbacks, and they did a non-surgical 'manipulation' to cure a frozen shoulder for me. From what you've said, you believe you have the right advisors, and you yourself make solid decisions, so you have a great shot at choosing the right path. Here's hoping that, either way, it works out.

I see Ortho Tues. Right now I can lift my hand only a couple inches.
Just to put it in perspective, this is on a good day. It can hang another half inch lower on a bad day.



I wish you the best with your recovery AZT.
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Old 09-22-13, 10:12 AM   #1556
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Yowza, Shovel. Surprised it is functioning as well as it is.
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My alignment looks good post-surgery, huh? Big question for me is how much the nerves/movement will recover. The surgeon had a bedside manner where he was humorous, but at the same time covering gruesome possibilities, and that made it hard to assess the likelihood's. He said the nerves for the arm were a vulnerable bundle, and if cut, well, no more arm control. I'm encouraged by the fact that I can move it, even though it is a tiny amount while it feels like I'm lifting one of you guys during your fatty, beer drinking, off-seasons.

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Old 09-22-13, 10:57 AM   #1558
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Any non-racer reading this forum because of an interest in maybe racing Masters is gonna jump right in, huh?
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Old 09-22-13, 11:53 AM   #1559
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Of course. Racing Masters is easy (lie). We all have families (lie), we all have jobs (lie), so we all care enough about each other to race safely (lie).
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Old 09-22-13, 04:10 PM   #1560
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A teammate has the hook and loop set up holding his arm on after a crash. It is as uncomfortable as hell to him, but it's necessary to get the ball and socket seated. He has surgery the beginning of next month to remove it. It seems to have been a real crappy year for shoulder injuries.
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Just FYI, there is no ball and socket in the shoulder joint. The clavicle, scapula, and humerus kind of float around and are held together by the shoulder tendons and muscle. If there was a ball and socket joint and my arm hung down that low I would have broken something bigtime.
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It's holding something tight, and he can't wait to get the hardware out.
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I'm encouraged by the fact that I can move it, even though it is a tiny amount while it feels like I'm lifting one of you guys during your fatty, beer drinking, off-seasons.
I have not ridden a bicycle for three days. The beer is good. After this 20 inch'er l'll be having even more tonight. Heal up quick buddy!
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Anyone ever tell you, AJ, that you know how to live life? Nice catch.
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You guys heal up. You remind of this scene.

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AJ - Hopefully, that fish is contributing its oils and protein to your season's recovery process by now.
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AJ - Hopefully, that fish is contributing its oils and protein to your season's recovery process by now.
It's a smallmouth bass. They are great fighting gamefish but not much table fare and lives to be caught again. However when my son and I got back to the cabin my wife had jambalaya ready.
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Jambalaya, eh? That'll work.

Maybe it's due to the culture in south Louisiana - people will eat anything down here - but bass is popular for eating here as well as for catching.
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Nothing as tasty as AJ's post, but I had another fun and fast omnium Saturday at the indoor velodrome. Helped a teammate (mostly unintentionally) beat the guy headed for worlds next week. Though it took some fuzzy math in the points race (when there's lapping going on, lots of gray area with what constitutes the "field").

Followed up with our club's annual hill climb on Sunday. I was in no condition to put in a strong effort, so played pacer for my wife. @Cleave, this was very similar climb (length, elevation) to your club's TT this weekend. If I had any thoughts of participating, they were erased yesterday. Just not enjoying climbing right now!
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You guys heal up. You remind of this scene.
Well, the only problem I'll have explaining my new scar, is the type of race I was in when I crashed... "TT Crasher" wasn't on my bucket list.

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I signed up for the GMR TT challenge on Saturday. The race predictor has Cleave winning the 55+.
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I signed up for the GMR TT challenge on Saturday. The race predictor has Cleave winning the 55+.
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I raced my first CX race this weekend.. it was one TOUGH race and it was only 45 minutes... I was at my aerobic limit for the entire 45 minutes.. I still have to work on my dismount and mount that's where I loose a lot of places... but I was not DFL and had a great time...

My up coming surgery won't leave nearly the scar as AZ's, I'm have hip surgery on the 25th.. I have an impingement and a partial tear in the labrum.. so I'm going to try and race as much as I can in the next three weeks.. figure I'll get enough "rest" post op.. :-)
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Hi, Saturday's race was kind of fun. It was a lot of fun being at a race with Hermes and Velo Diva and her arch nemesis (and friend of mine) Ms. L. I achieved my goal of finishing in less than and hour and not blowing up. In fact I was happy with how I held my heart rate in the target zone while going back to a climbing technique of riding the heaviest gear possible while staying in the 60-70 rpm cadence range. I was far from first and ended up 4th out of 8. However, my teammate made the podium so he represented the home club.

Saw Racer Ex too. He was heading back down the hill as I was heading up. He also yelled at me as he was <gasp> running as I was heading back to the parking lot.

The race went smoothly and hopefully we will do it again next year and get a better turnout, though 65 racers for a first-year, end-of-season race wasn't too bad.
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