In 2016 I was sick and injured a grand total of 46 weeks. 2017 couldn’t get much worse could it?
A torn tendon in my rotor cuff saw me off the bike until late March, & it wasn’t until mid-May that I was free of pain. My recovery was long and slow, and things were starting to look good. I then broke quite a few bones in my body at the end of June. You can probably guess how I’ve seen 2016/17…….
Way back in 2012 I did the Superman on my Mountain bike on the way to work. I was thrown well over three meters over my handlebars, landing nose first. I managed to protect my helmet with my face. My glasses smashed but didn’t go in my eyes. My lip was ripped up, but I didn’t damage any teeth. No neck or spinal damage. No blurry vision, dizziness or concussion. It was lucky that I didn’t kill myself.
The next day was my 5 year wedding anniversary, which I ended up spending at the Dandenong Hospital getting plastic surgery to my nose. The surgeon asked me if I wanted to know where he was taking the skin from. “How bout you just do it and surprise me” I told him. I rode three days later. My nose still swollen and clogged with blood. It was hell breathing. That weekend I did my first ever 150 km ride, struggling to breath and suffering the whole way.
That’s who I am. That’s what I do.
Sadly I had a very serious crash on the 25th June. Here’s the list of the major injuries:
- Broken collarbone
- Fractured elbow
- Dislocated shoulder
- Fractured forearm
- Fractured knuckle
- Strained wrist
- Knocked out over 3 minutes
Yup it hurt!
With a young son I guess my priorities have changed. Riding bikes isn’t as essential as it once was and having two serious injuries so close together is not something I’d wish on anyone else. I plan on taking an extended period of time off the bike which will mean I won’t be writing about my adventures for quite awhile. I’ve got a number of climb reviews that I had been working on which will be publishing over the coming months.
Here are some of the great rides I’ve managed to do since coming back.
In 2017 I amassed a whopping 1,372 km. I used to average this each month many years back. Whilst the prospect of at least another 3 months off the bike isn’t appealing. At least I can look with pride at the riding I did get in this year. There were many places tat I went and experienced for the first time, and had a blast. Brad Lyell and Geert Vercruysse were the guys I mainly rode with this year. And cannot thank them enough for all their support through what has been a very difficult year.
Here are some of the best rides I did this year. If you haven’t read any of these I would really love it if you can.
- 100 km recovery ride
- The Great Victorian Rail Trail
- Great Ocean Road loop
- Visiting French Island
- Tarra Bulga National Park ride
- Mount Riddell
- The Dirty Dandy’s ride
2017 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. I’m a firm believer in remaining positive, which has been made easier without the support and well wishes that I received from you guys over the year.
Thanks for reading.
I will be back…..