Broken Clavicle – 4 weeks post surgery

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.

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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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4 Responses to Broken Clavicle – 4 weeks post surgery

  1. Mike says:

    Russel –

    Have you considered devoting some of this unplanned down time to optimizing your TT situation? Core strength, flexibility training, bike set-up, gear selection and position research/planning. Perhaps a pro bike fit? It can take forever to sort all that crap out and once the season starts, you’re too saturated with other things to see the forest for the trees. You obviously have the engine and mindset needed to ride a good TT, but a paying attention to a bunch “silly” details might result in even more success. Also, TT training might be a good carrot to drag you through a otherwise boring winter. Just a thought. I enjoy reading you blog, it is well written and interesting.

    Mike Sharkey

    • says:

      Yes, I have.

      Unfortunately, as far as core and flexibility go, I can’t do much in the way of full body exercises quite yet, as almost everything uses the shoulder to some degree.

      Also, while I can ride the road bike now, I definitely can’t scrunch myself into the TT position either.

      I’m in the early stages of planning for my season and if I choose to focus on the TT, one of my areas of focus will be equipment (a new bike) and position. I don’t have TT wheels, or a TT frame at this point. A frame would be a good starting point that would allow me to start to take the time to find a fast position.

      Thanks for the thoughts. A good goal for next year will certainly help me get back at it.

  2. Chris says:

    I look forward to reading your updates, even if only about your recoveries. Sounds like you’re really making progress. Better than I imagined by this time. Hope you’re feeling optimistic in all.
    As a beginning racer I’m trying to get a good plan established for this next season. Living in California provides decent riding weather even in the winter months and I want to capitalize on that good fortune. I don’t do cycle cross and am looking for some direction as to how to best ready myself for the spring. Any recommendations on training plans, books or websites? All the best!

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