In the spirit of the previous thread, I thought I would post my fractured (aka completely broken) collar bone for everyone's amusement.
It's been 7 days since I broke it and its coming along okay, but doctor says six to eight weeks before I can ride again. Since I'm over 30 I'm going to guess that it will be closer to the 7 to 8 week mark, but I'll have to wait and see.
If your interested, here is my story:
This winter I had dedicated my off season to using the trainer 4 or 5 times a week and running at least once. I was excited about the spring and summer not only because it was triathlon season, but because I was purchasing a new Specialized Stumpjumper to do some mountain biking with my buddies. I was also looking into purchasing a good traditional road bike to do some Crits and expand my cycling base and skills. Well it looks like some of that will be put on hold - temporarily at least.
When my friends and I started mountain biking a couple of weeks ago I was dropping them like they were standing still - a combination of the new Stumpjumper (which is much lighter and has suspension; unlike the old steel horse I was riding last season) and my off season training. I had more strength, endurance, an improved power-to-weight ratio and better climbing ability than at any point last year.
All this gave me way too much confidence. So last Saturday while riding a more challenging trail for the first time I decided to ride fast (yes I should have been going alot slower) down an unfamilar downhill section and then decided to "exceed" my cycling abilities. The result - a bone breaking crash that I'm sure will keep me on the trainer another half of the season instead of riding in the great outdoors.
From all accounts the crash was quite spectacular. Your classic over-the-front-end-while-still-clipped-in-doing-20-plus-mph-downhill.
I'll admit that the crash hurt alot and right away. After getting up from the ground and composing myself, which took a few minutes, I knew my shoulder/collar bone was at the least dislocated, but more than likely broken. Nothing was really swollen yet, but it hurt like a MFer at the time.
The fun part was the 8 mile ride out. That was a nice touch since we were just about the furthest you could be from the trail entrance/exit. Nothing like riding with broken collar bone through hilly, sandy, rutted, root filled single track to bring a grimace to your face. On the upside I got my fill 16 mile ride I had planned in!
I confirmed my suspicions once we were safely back in the parking lot. I could now feel the bump on my right clavicle from the swelling and there was a pronounced grinding type noise/feeling if I moved my arm too much. Oh yes and it hurt....I don't want to say alot, but more then enough to get my attention and almost bring me to me knees if I moved it inappropriately.
So after a call to my wife and a trip to the hospital, it was confirmed that I have a "fractured clavicle in the distal third". Doesn't look like it's going to need surgery - so I was given a sling, some vicoden and a prescription for motrin and sent on my way.
I must say that for me the pain hasn't been too bad since I came home. I never touched the vicoden they gave me and have all long since weened myself completely off the motrin.
Now, into day seven I'm bored out of my skull and cursing the fact that I acted so carelessly. I have learned a valuable lesson that I will not soon forget and that will definitely change how I ride in the future.
Oh yeah I almost forgot the worst part of the story......my Stumpy's front rim is going to need major fixing or replacing!