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Racing season down the drain

Old 07-20-07, 11:52 PM
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Racing season down the drain

A bit of background. I was in CAT4/5 race in Modesto, in May. On a straightaway before the last turn for final sprint there was a crash. I was caught behind it. Result scaphoid fracture and destroyed rear Ritchey wheel. Wheel was replaced under Ritchey crash replacement policy, wrist in a cast.
Today I went to orthopedic surgent again. The verdict. If I don't ride my bike there is a chance it will be completely healed in 4 weeks. If I continue riding it will still heal, but will take about 8 weeks. So no matter what I do this season, and my plan of upgrading to 4s is down the drain. I was hoping to do Everest Challenge again, but not it doesn't look good. I either won't be in form because I took a month off, or because I didn't put in any hill work.
I haven't decided on what to do. If I stop riding I know I will put on weight I struggled to loose for the last year and a half. If I continue it will mean another 8 weeks in a cast.
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Old 07-21-07, 01:37 AM
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Bad luck dude. if it was me i would take the time off the bike to get it fixed asap, that way u can get back on the bike quicker and train harder for next season....u dont have to sit round and do nothing for the extra 4 weeks, why not run, or walk etc, just to keep the kg's off...
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Old 07-21-07, 04:19 AM
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What about the Wrist Replacement Policy?
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Old 07-21-07, 05:23 AM
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What's the doc say about sitting upright on a trainer and not putting any weight on the wrist? If nothing else, it'll let you keep spinning your legs for a few hours a week.
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Keep your head up. I broke my radius bone in my wrist about 6 weeks ago and had surgery on june 14th. Ive been riding the trainer for about 3 weeks now and expecting to come out strong for the final few races in september.

Dont worry about gaining weight. Just be smart about it. I gained some wait right away because I was drowning my sorrows in ice cream but after a week I turned it around and started losing the weight again.

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Old 07-21-07, 06:38 AM
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Old 07-21-07, 06:41 AM
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What, you can't ride no-handed?

Sorry, it is a predicament. I'd take the time off heavy training, but keep riding... just ride like a "normal" person. Although, I don't know that i would have the will power to ride slowly and carefully.
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Old 07-21-07, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
A bit of background. I was in CAT4/5 race in Modesto, in May. On a straightaway before the last turn for final sprint there was a crash. I was caught behind it. Result scaphoid fracture and destroyed rear Ritchey wheel. Wheel was replaced under Ritchey crash replacement policy, wrist in a cast.
Today I went to orthopedic surgent again. The verdict. If I don't ride my bike there is a chance it will be completely healed in 4 weeks. If I continue riding it will still heal, but will take about 8 weeks. So no matter what I do this season, and my plan of upgrading to 4s is down the drain. I was hoping to do Everest Challenge again, but not it doesn't look good. I either won't be in form because I took a month off, or because I didn't put in any hill work.
I haven't decided on what to do. If I stop riding I know I will put on weight I struggled to loose for the last year and a half. If I continue it will mean another 8 weeks in a cast.
I can completely relate. My illness in April totally unhinged my season. I had my sights set on winning the last two races of April as both were at my peak and my big objectives. This would have got me upgrade to cat 3 as well. Now I'm sitting here getting ready to move back to LA with no fitness and few chances to get points before next year. At least there will be a next year and you and I can both focus on that!!!
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Old 07-21-07, 07:13 AM
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Take it easy, ride the trainer(one handed) to keep some fitness and let it heal. Staying healthy and ready to train is more important than just getting your upgrade, besides if you are healthy and strong for next year you can do the early bird crits for your mass starts and still start racing the 4's when they count.
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Old 07-21-07, 07:43 AM
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Damn, that sucks.

Can you at least ride a trainer and keep fitness as much as possible?

There's always next year.

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Old 07-21-07, 08:21 AM
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I can relate: Started this season off in the best shape I'd ever been in, had some good results through May, then missed about a month struggling with allergy issues, dealt with that, fought to get my form back and promptly resurrected an old knee problem—game over, at least for the next month or six weeks, and thus the remainder of my planned season.

At this point I'm trying to look at it as a chance to rest, regroup, and take the really long view in preparing for next season. And there's always 'cross season.
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Old 07-21-07, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jrennie View Post
Take it easy, ride the trainer(one handed) to keep some fitness and let it heal. Staying healthy and ready to train is more important than just getting your upgrade, besides if you are healthy and strong for next year you can do the early bird crits for your mass starts and still start racing the 4's when they count.
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Old 07-21-07, 10:16 AM
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One of the most important aspects of cycling and competition that I have learned is that a big part of it is managing adverse circumstances by using patience and persistence overcoming obstacles. The lessons translate well into the rest of your life as well.

The best thing you can do is turn this negative into a net positive outcome. I would let go of your immediate strategies and goals, kiss this season goodbye, spend lots of time ont the trainer and maintain an excellent diet, and consider this the beginning of your training for your most awesome racing season ever: next year's season. You should come into the spring way better trained and hungry (for racing) than everyone else.

Two years ago, right around the time of Katrina, I became very ill with a spinal fluid leak that kept me bedridden and housebound for two months. By the end of July the following year, I biked the Blue Ridge Parkway solo, end-to-end, with the gracious vehicle support of my neice. I logged 485 miles and 49,000 ft. of climbing over six days. I looked back to when I was ill and I couldn't even sit up in bed for more than ten seconds, and was proud of the fact that I was stronger now than even before my illness. My family and friends were pretty amazed too.

Tom Stormcrowe can teach some valuable lessons about overcoming obstacles as well.

Hope your wrist heals 100%. Now make that trainer your shrine and get on with it, bro.
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Old 07-21-07, 04:30 PM
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Thanks for advice everyone. Yeah I pretty much wrote this season off, and looking forward to next season. Maybe couple collegiate races to get in to swing of things then upgrade to CAT4 (I already have 10 races required). I will try the trainer, but if I remember correctly I put more pressure on wrists when I am on a trainer then when I am on the streets. I probably will just remove all the interval stuff and will start doing bunch of flat endurance rides.
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Old 07-21-07, 04:35 PM
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^you can sit up and spin with no hands...or throw on some clip on aero bars

(oh...one more thing, on the trainer you can sit there and hover right under your AT and stay there...you can get much more aerobically fit on a trainer)
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Old 07-23-07, 01:02 PM
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I dont know about writng the season of , isnt it over anyway? Better luck breaking your wrist now as opposed to Feburary , I missed all but a couple of races in June and July. During recovery after the cast was off and I was in a splint I was able to work out vigorously running and stationary training on the TT bike. Upgrade now if you have your 10 starts , what are you waiting for?
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Old 07-24-07, 11:26 AM
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yeah just sit up on the trainer, then ride when you get the ok. it's not the end of the world.
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Old 07-24-07, 12:04 PM
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Sorry to hear that.
Why not upgrade now? You have met the requirements. Start next season as a 4.

Trainier/roller workout?
(somebody find the video on utube of those guys riding no-handed and playing Wii on their fixies)
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