Pre-Surgery Update

I’ll try my best to find some other subjects to write about but for now I’m pretty much living my life (as best I can) around my left shoulder.  I have been talking to a few folks who have been through similar injuries, and have heard that it turns around quickly after surgery.

I feel like I’m in a holding pattern at the moment.  If I was going to wait for it to heal on its own, I could spend my time focusing on recovery and making sure that everything I do is focused on quickly healing my broken bone.  But since I’m just waiting for surgery, I feel like I’m just trying to may the time pass as easily as possible.

There are a few positions that I am comfortable in; that I have zero pain.  Basically I can sit or lay on the couch, bed, or lounge chair.  I have always been a good sleeper, and I’ve been sleeping fine since I am able to sleep on my right side or back.

So physically it isn’t so bad, but mentally it is a bit tougher.  I can’t help out around the house, which is still strewn with a fair bit of stuff from my last race.  I’d really like to put away the cyclocross bike (drain tubulars of sealant, etc) for the season, but it is still sitting behind my couch.  I also can’t help with the baby, so my wife has been working very hard to keep the house running.

I was able to ride a recumbent exercise bike yesterday.  It wasn’t too comfortable but I think it was a good thing to get the heart pumping.  I can’t even walk much since it jostles my shoulder so the irony is that pedaling is the only exercise I can do at this point.

Since I’m having trouble coming up with other things to write about, if anyone has any questions about cycling, racing, training, or anything else, feel free to ask and give me a few ideas of things you’d like to hear about.

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I have been racing bicycles for a decade. This blog will chronicle my efforts as a Category 2 road racer and lining up with the PROs.
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2 Responses to Pre-Surgery Update

  1. says:

    Hi Russell, hope the surgery went well — it was today? Hopefully the post-surgical pain will pass quickly. Yes, very ironic, you can only pedal w/o pain. Oh the gifts we receive.

    I do have a question, and maybe you have already written about this. If there is an amateur team with riders 35+, what does it take for them to compete against “pros” for standings in the race? Eg, at a mountain bike race that is sanctioned by USA cycling, I have seen pros and amateurs both in the “open” category, but each was in a sub-category, and so their times where not mixed to sort out the standings, but their standings were separate. I hope this makes sense. Thanks, Russell.

    • says:

      Yes, surgery was today. It hurt very badly in the recovery room, about as badly as when it was initially broken. Now that has passed and it already hurts less and is more functional less then six hours after surgery. Everything went well and I’ll have some pictures up soon.

      As for your question, see today’s post. If you would like any followup, feel free to comment again.

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