Clavicle Fracture and ORIF – 8 weeks and Final Update

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.

About Russell

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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