That definitely wasn't on the year's plan...

Season wrecking injuries - tell me your stories to cheer me up!!

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01/05/2012 at 17:46

Well there I was out for my usual Saturday club ride a few weeks ago, happily riding along in the group, feeling good and enjoying the training but then all of a sudden with no idea how I find myself sitting on the road instead of on my bike with a shoulder that hurt like a (insert appropriate expletive!). It turns out that we had a bit of a "riding incident" which I still don't remember a thing about, but I'm told I did a fantastic superwoman flying impression - until I came to land and got it all wrong and came down on my head & shoulder instead of my feet!

Am ambulance had been called & so off I was hauled to hospital for what I assumed would just be some quick x-rays & sling (as I knew instantly I'd broken my collarbone having done it before from other sports) & then sent on my merry way.  However; it came as a very rude surprise to me that not only was my collarbone broken, but it was so badly broken that it required 9 screws to put it back together in the end, but the real kicker of the news was that it had punctured my lung!  Oh and just because that wasn't enough, they threw in at the end that I'd managed to break my shoulder blade as well!

So off I was hauled to the resuscitation unit, which was when it all got a little bit scary as I was immobilised for a while, but then once they decided I was stable & my head & neck were ok I was shipped off to the high dependancy unit where I spent the next 9 nights.  I ended up needing a chest tube & they had to reinflate my lung before they could put me under to fix my shoulder, which all ended up taking a week to do (long story!) and then a couple of days to make sure my lung stayed up & pain was under control etc before I was allowed home.

It meant I missed the All Nations tri (it happened while I was in hospital) and will miss London Revolution this months and Dragon Ride & Windsor tri next month and it's pretty doubtful I will be recovered & fit enough to do Vitruvian as it's minimum 6 weeks just to get back to normal activities such as driving and my physio has said I'm looking at a absolute minimum of 3 months to fully get back to swimming / biking / running, so I think it's safe to say this season has gone down the drain well & truly!!

So while I'm stuck at home recovering & being a one-armed bandit, please feel free to entertain & cheer me up with stories that ruined your race / season!!

seren nos    pirate
01/05/2012 at 20:13
thats a pretty horrific fall.......i was feeling bad enough last year as i decided to play hockey for the first time in 18 years and broke my big toe....5 days before VLM......messed up my IM training as well fro a month.......

I hope that you recover quickly
01/05/2012 at 20:16
Well... if you're going to damage yourself, do it right and do it in style, right? Sounds pretty spectacular and glad you're on the mend now!
WildWill    pirate
01/05/2012 at 20:21
That sounds a horrendous crash

hope you're on the mend

I had to pull out of IM Florida in 2004 cos I tore my abdomen away from my groin, tore a crusia ligament and broke a few ribs while snow boarding
Edited: 01/05/2012 at 20:22
Rafiki    pirate
01/05/2012 at 20:29
But more importantly - how's the bike
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
01/05/2012 at 20:34
I have to have a titanium hip joint next month, and that means I can't start run training again for 6 months after. So my season is completely shot.
VT'd    pirate
01/05/2012 at 21:00
Feck, Will.  I don't know what tearing your abdomen away from your groin means but it sounds pretty feckin sore.  Was there a polar bear or any lions involved?
IronCat5    pirate
01/05/2012 at 21:13
Christ Shaz! Glad to hear you're on the mend. I really hope the shoulder heals well.
01/05/2012 at 21:33

Thanks all for the best wishes all; has to be said now that my shoulder is re-attached life is much more comfortable & now it's just waiting for the healing to happen then let the rehab begin!  Got a copy of all my x-rays & CT scans today; there are some funky 3D images of the damage in there, they look well cool!

Will - ow, ow & ow again!!!  That sounds horriffic   What on earth do they do to fix that (or don't I want to know?!)

Wolf - ouch, good luck!  Hopefully will mean you can come back better & stronger though?!

Rafiki - I don't know, I still havent seen her!!!   I'm told that she is ok though by the guy from the cycle club that has her & when I was talking to the guys in my local cycle shop they said looking at me chances are she is ok; they said normally the bike gets it or the rider gets it!

01/05/2012 at 21:55
Wow, what a story. Glad to hear your on the mend.
I was very lucky when I needed rehab, the local NHS hospital physio dept actually had a physio that happened to be a triathlete, so when she needed to manipulate my wrist she would distract me by talking sport.
ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
01/05/2012 at 21:59
Shas

Sorry to hear your bike is fine

Wish you a very speedy recovery, Raf and I went to the all nations to support you in spirit... It looked very cold, you probably didn't miss anything





Rafiki    pirate
01/05/2012 at 22:00
Shas - that's lucky! Same when I crashed my motorbike - fortunately my head took most of the impact, the bike was fine! (Small titanium plate fixed the head OK)! Give me a shout if you want me to go and pick the bike up for you
01/05/2012 at 22:35
Wow. I've fallen sideways off my bike because of SPDs. I have twisted my ankle in my new heels. I have fallen over and taken a small chunk out my knee, but even that only put me out for 6 weeks (and only because I am super cautious). I tripped out of a holiday villa in my flip flops badly grazing my knee once too (though it did leave me with a matching pair at least - still got the scars - they were bad grazes!!).

This season has been ruined for me because my marathon was cancelled 3 minutes before it was due to start. Not so much ruined really though... I've just signed up to Rutland on 4th Nov

Healing thoughts to you Shas. Were you the only one pretending to be Wonder Woman? Hope others are ok.
O.rangeCannon (kona-7)    pirate
01/05/2012 at 23:13
Makes my knee issues sound totally trivial
I will htfu

Hope you recover well shaz
01/05/2012 at 23:18
Ouchy ouch,  heal well shas.......you could always pick a nice winter race overseas in warmer climes to give you some focus once you're ready to start training again.
02/05/2012 at 00:29

Ouchio, good to see it doesn't seem to have dampened your spirit. What you need to do is enter a nice IM next year.....

I don't have proper dramatic injury stories. I am more likely to be found scuppering marathon training by falling out of a pair of cork wedges after a significant amount of gin, or having a scarred hand for a year from a hot cup of tea / bike cleats on wet floor moment. A nice lady did drive into me at 70mph a few days before my first half IM, causing my car to be hit on three sides by various vehicles / items of road furniture, which was nice. Not sure if it counts though, as the race went ok as long as I only tried to breathe to one side....  

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
02/05/2012 at 08:43

I've been told by my surgeon that marathons are deffo out from now on - so that means no more IMs. Ever.

        

oii
02/05/2012 at 16:32
shas - you dont do things in halves hey? I am sorry to hear you bashed your self up with such incredible style. I didnt even know you could break your collarbone in 9 places  I wish you the speediest recovery and i am really hoping you come back super strong with zero complications xxx
oii
02/05/2012 at 16:41

 you said 9 screws, not 9 breaks. apologies.

04/05/2012 at 15:28

wow hope you are ok Shaz!!!! Jeez I shant moan about my hand infection then... not sport related injury but its bloody painful and hampering training the last few days

really hope you recover well... Ive had a couple of concussions (with helmet) off the bike and fractured a vertebrae last year after a run in with a car but I recovered and got back out there.. you'll do the same!! Just take it easy and maybe enter a future event to get you motivated once you're back training! Good luck!!

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