• Adam Giddins

    I broke my collarbone in a crash back in June. 9 weeks later and it’s not healed – it should have been plated straight away but the UK’s wonderful NHS don’t like spending money unless it’s completely unavoidable and opted for ‘conservative treatment’ (otherwise known as “Go Home and See What Happens).
    Watching the summer slip away – and most of my Strava KOMs – has been heartbreaking, and even now at over 2 months later, I’m no better off than I was when I was curled up on the tarmac after my crash!
    As a lifelong competitive club-level cyclist, 3rd Cat racer and time trialist, I’m used to working my arse off for 1 or 2 percent improvements in performance. I now know that I won’t be doing any riding before November, by which time I’ll be back at “Square One” fitness-wise. I’ve put on over 5kg in weight, and I’m nowhere near even getting back on the turbo.
    I’ve always envied newcomers to the sport, the way they see massive improvements in their first year and the massive motivation that gives them. At the moment, I’m focusing on that feeling of motivation, and looking forward to getting back in the saddle and building my fitness back up.
    My experience is a little different because at the moment, I’m awaiting an operation, so I’ve not even got out of the blocks in terms of my recovery. I know I’m going to get a lot worse before I get any better.
    Injuries suck, but I’m hoping the increased motivation will make me a better cyclist and help me form better habits to train in a more structured way in future…

  • Derek Maher

    Sorry to read of your accident Chloe.
    Keep a bit limber with stretching excercises.Walking and some turbo work.
    Go easy on the goodies so you don’t need a crane to get you on the road bike when you have healed.
    Best of luck.

  • Andy Logan

    Keeping positive is important but after a while trying to stay positive the whole time isn’t so easy. I had a car turn in front of me in March of this year, I was lucky to survive the impact and only broke my elbow. 6 months later I am back on the bike, but a month ago I got sick of the being positive bullshit and caved in mentally.

    Everyone telling me I am lucky to be alive and how can you get back on the bike etc. I went into CBF mode for two weeks, didn’t do any training and then raced a State open and got my ass handed to me, which actually did me good, as I am know back out there working hard and training again.

    I have a long way to go, my ROM on my arm is still 170 degree as opposed to 180 and my core strength is shot to pieces. But I will get there.

  • ginga_ninja

    Sorry to hear of your accident Chloe. Being hurt sucks, no way around it. I’ve had a few decent stacks in my time and these are the things that have helped me:
    1. Still catching up with friends for post ride coffee. Sure it stabs you in the chest to see them so full of endorphins after their ride, Instagramming their skim cap like it’s baby Jesus, but one of the things I missed most when I was injured was the social contact & laughs with my usual riding buddies.
    2. When I could, I got back on the windtrainer/ergo and did as much I could manage. It took the edge off me. At first it was just riding for 20mins and then I worked back up to an hour. I watched BMX Bandits to a YouTube 80’s retro mix as loud as my neighbours (and the dog) could bear it. I’ve got no excuse to do that otherwise…
    3. Like you say, find something else to do, walk, yoga, stretching, pilates, whatever you can manage with your injuries. Don’t underestimate the importance of functional exercise.
    4. Sometimes it’s good to accept the break in training/racing and rebuild. Give your body a proper break. At the time it’s like “arrrgghhhh my raacccee goallssss!!!”. But in hindsight, I’ve got satisfaction from making bigger gains once I’ve got back into training – though it hasn’t always been a linear improvement I’ll admit!

    • Dave

      My tip is related to your 2&3 – do it, but get your physio to clear every single activity because they will have a better idea of what you can handle without causing problems than you will.

      You don’t want to take the chance of delaying your recovery, exacerbating the injury or causing other overuse injuries by underestimating how linked up the human body is.

  • jules

    i think it’s important to have other interests. i enjoy home projects, so if I’m ever off the bike and not completely debilitated, I get back to finishing stuff at home. sure, my home is full of half-finished projects due to my impressive run of no injuries, but they’re there, waiting for me.

    also is this a lesson in why it’s best to avoid getting too much on the sauce during the season? ;)

  • Jessy Vee

    Currently enjoying a hip injury with no clear end date, and I took a lot of this article to heart – especially the phrase “Injuries can make you feel like a cyclist in winter while everyone else around you is enjoying summer”. I’m finding solice in short roadtrips to find new and untravelled roads to cycle when I’m all fixed up. My friends are a little worried that I’ve always got my head in Google Streetview, but it gives me something to do ;)


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