Today is 8 weeks after my clavicle fracture, and seven weeks since my surgery. My recovery was uncomplicated, and combined with a conservative return to activity I have healed quickly.
Last week I went to for my six week post surgical followup. My X-rays look great. The bone was knit strongly and there was no sign of fatigue in my plate from overuse. I was cleared to return to normal activity, with a recommendation to ‘ease into it’.
At this point I’ve had a couple weeks with 8-10 hours of activity (running and riding), but most have been closer to 3-4 hours per week. I’ve been climbing steep hills out of the saddle and also completed a nearly four hour ride recently without pain. I returned to some very light strength training, and did three sets of ten pushups from my knees.
I have full range of motion. Although, the very limits of shoulder mobility cause some discomfort (like reaching into a jersey pocket). I can roll onto my left side in bed now, but only for a few minutes at a time. Mostly I’ve been living day-to-day just like normal, with only occasional reminders of how injured I was just two months ago.
The low point so far has been the realization of my current fitness level. When I crashed, I knew that my cyclocross season was over, and I would be rebuilding for road season next year. But now that I have arrived at that point, I see that I have a long way to go. I’ve done a few harder rides and have seen my power numbers are 10-15% below their peak just two months ago. I’ve also gained 4 lbs of weight.
Last winter I learned just how far a consistent base period can bring fitness. Looking over last year, I am convinced that March is when I got fast. With the end of the year coming up, look for some ‘year in review’ posts coming soon.
I know the blog has been a bit quiet lately, but I’ve had some pressing family matters over the past week. Look for some details on my plans for 2012 next Monday.