So 4 weeks ago my season was brought to an abrupt halt due to fairly big accident while riding to work one day.
I had been out training in the morning and was on the way to work using the cycle paths etc. Approaching the Corner of Miller and Blue Street in North Sydney, a car pulled across an intersection while I was checking the traffic behind me and before I knew it I had hit the cyclist in front of me who had stopped.
Cue a massive OTB in to the middle of the intersection and I landed badly on my left hand side. I scraped myself off the ground and got off the road. Initial reaction was that my left lower back was sore and I was struggling to walk. Fast forward an hour and a half and I have gone into shock, have an IV line in me, blood being drawn and morphine being injected for the pain.
Next stop Ultrasound for internal bleeding, X-Ray on my Pelvis, Lower Back, Left Wrist and a CT with dye injected to check for more internal bleeding. Results come back negative apart from a fractured L3 transverse process and a suspected L4 transverse process fracture as well. I had to stay in overnight at Hornsby Hospital as I was still in pain and couldn’t walk, being told I would be treated and discharged the next day (Thursday).
Thursday came and went with the specialist team discussing the best way to treat with one team saying I needed a brace the other saying I should be discharged without it. To say it was frustrating would be an understatement, the constant changing of decisions by the medical team meant that every hour or so, I was being told I would be going home that day, to being told a brace would be fitted etc, by the time they made a decision about my treatment it was to late in the day so I had to spend another night in hospital before traveling to Royal North Shore on the Friday morning for the brace to be fitted. The constant changing of decisions was infuriating and I voiced my concerns with the team at the time.
Once the brace was fitted, I was discharged on the Friday afternoon, got home took heaps of drugs for two weeks and basically slept and ate and spent my time on the lounge. My follow up was a Dr’s appointment and a X-Ray in 4 weeks time and then an appointment with the specialist Dr Randlph Gray as well. The initial healing was pretty good, I improved rapidly and was walking again within a week, however was still sore in places.
Fast forward to today, well I am still sore in places and had an X-Ray on Thursday to asses how my bones in my back are healing, well the answer is that infact the hospital missed an additional fracture in my L2 Transverse process as well and the L4 had turned from a possible/probably to a definite fracture as well. I have an appointment on Tuesday with the specialist, so we will see what the outcome is of that, I am hoping to get the all clear to sit on the turbo trainer and maybe the bike again in another 4 weeks or so.
So that basically wraps up the 2011 Season really, it hasnt been a great season this year from a Injury point of view, I have been injured for over 15 weeks of this year so far and the year hasnt ended yet. I have missed the vast majority of Real Insurance XCM Series this year and as I write this the final event The Highland Fling is kicking off, which I had been targetting to do well in.
However on the plus side, I have had some good results this year, in particular for my first full year of racing on the Mountain Bike and Road Bike and I still have a lot to learn and I know I can improve a lot more as well. Highlights from a result point of view would be the James Williamson Enduro (Report Here) and Capital Punishment (Report Here), lo lights would be NSW Open in Mudgee (Report Here), other highlights would be the Amy Gran Fondo (Report Here) and also the Coota weekend with NSCC, that weekend rocked and I hope to do more of it.
Time to start making plans for next year, James Williamson Enduro and Capital Punishment are on the cards again, then I will need to make a decision on do I switch to road for the winter and concentrate on training for Grafton or do I focus on the MTB and the XCM Series in particular. Next year will be better, I am hoping for a good year of injury free training and I will have a full year of working with my coach Mike Lawson as well. So bring it on!