Okay folks, I know you probably come here for stories and analysis by an elite racer. Going a week without any posts (longest drought ever?) and coming back to find another injury update may not be what you’re looking for. I am working on a few good ideas and will have something on a more interesting topic midweek. I usually get my post ideas from riding, training, and racing. Since I’m not doing much of that these days, if you have any ideas or questions, feel free to comment.
I feel like I really turned a corner last week. I’m not supposed to lift anything, but this week I felt like I could start using my arm normally, with the exception of things that are quite heavy. I can do the dishes, even manipulating our large stew pot. I can lift the baby by both of his arms with mine. I rode my bike to the grocery store and although it was only a few miles, I rested my arms on the handlebars perfectly normally.
My arm isn’t much use above the level of my shoulder yet, but it is starting to feel like muscle weakness and tightness is most of my restriction, rather than pain in my clavicle. The swelling has come down quite a lot and I can feel some of the hardware now. Some of it is just below the skin. I’m going to see the doctor in two more weeks and I’ll get some more information on what I’m allowed to do.
I rode my bike for a two hour ride last week. One of the nice aspects was riding some new roads away from home that I hadn’t seen before. Also, I’m still riding my cross bike so I’m without any telemetry or data to tell me how slow I am. Since my arm is feeling much better, I’ll soon have the road bike off the trainer and get out on the road a bit.
I’ve also been feeling well enough to cross train. I would really like to go hiking, but the trails are a little icy and I can’t afford to fall. I also normally would carry the baby in the backpack but I don’t think I can do that quite yet. I was able to run three miles last week (again, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to do this, but I was pain free). I am going to take the rest of this month and December to spend some time on the bike to get comfortable, and as much time as I can cross training to rebuild/stay fit.