Scorecard for the first half of 2017

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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…….

Scorecard for the first half of 2017

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.

Scorecard for the first half of 2017
Tarra Bulga National Park

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.

Scorecard for the first half of 2017
Waiting for the Ambulance to pick me up

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…..

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