Friday, June 18, 2010


I spent today having a very large needle stuck into my shoulder. Injections of contrast dye into the joint capsule are no fun. Then as the radiologist is putting the needle in, he comments "did you know your collarbone is broken?"

Kinda like the punchline to a bad joke.

Broken Wrist
Dislocated Shoulder
Broken Collarbone

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Injuries Stink Continued

So I'm finally home from the doctors office.

The first doctor said that I'd definitely dislocated my left shoulder, but was in pretty good shape other than that. He referred me to an orthopaedic specialist.

The ortho had worse news. I definitely dislocated my left shoulder, but my right wrist is also broken! On top of that, I have to come back in for an MRI on my shoulder to see what I really damaged.

Minimum of 4 weeks off the bike. Can't take a bath (cast can't get wet). Can't pick up my daughter!!!

Injuries really do stink.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Injuries Stink

So, I decide that I've not spent enough time on the road bike as of late. I've had a lot of fun on the MTB and really gotten pretty fast on it. Unfortunately my road riding has suffered and I'm just not as fast as I want on the road right now.

I decided to hit my weekly haunt from the previous summer and do the Bike World ride. The ride really has become a bunch of tri-guys hammering out there, but its still a reasonably fast ride to hit and I have a few friends on it.

As we took off, I felt great and was actually leading for a bit. I soon dropped back as I'd overdone it a bit. I hid mid-pack to catch my breath and hope to have an opportunity to stay with the group. Not much later, I managed to blip the bars a bit and went off roading at 26mph. The rough Mississippi road shoulder gravel threatened to throw me, but I managed to stay upright!!! One victory, but it would be short lived.

The group gathered up at a stop sign and a few friends commented on how my cyclocross skills must have helped me. We took off again and headed for the house at a good clip. We were maintaining around 25mph but the group was getting a bit squirrelly.

Then, in an instant, everything went black. The black I was seeing was the pavement. The rider in front of me hit is brakes or slowed a bit, and I overlapped his wheel. It was my fault for following someone I did not know that closely.

I hit my head hard (helmet on of course) then hit my shoulder and my right hand. My back is covered in road rash and my bike looks like shit.

When I hit the ground, I was avg'ing 20mph for the ride - I guess I was going better than I thought!!!!!