Sunday, March 7, 2010

Who know fixing a collarbone would hurt so much?

I would like to start this post with a couple of pictures of me as a young cyclist.  First a picture of me riding during the Cottonwood 200.  This was taken after the first 75 mile day, I was so amped about finishing the first 75 miles that I had to do laps around the campsite two wind down.  Ah to have this kind of energy now, I was 12 or 13 years old.

The second picture is when I was 14 years old, and was riding for the Oz Cycling Team from Wichita.  We were sponsored by Coleman Industries and Conventry Cycles.  Scott Moninger and I were riding for the same team, I had to switch from Mt. Oread so that I could afford to ride Nationals in Milwaukee.

Boy does my collarbone hurt, nearly a week after my surgery to put my collarbone back together.  I now have a pin inside the ends of each of the bone segments a plate across the top of the whole thing and screws, seven I think, holding the whole thing together.  I am blaming all this hardware for any weight gain during my recovery.  The weather outside has been great, just wish I could be out riding, but I am listening to my orthopedist and am not going to attempt anything until I get the go ahead.  Hopefully I can start some excersize to get my upper body strength back.  The weather will probably be back to rainy when I am ready to ride again, but at least it will be pretty warm.

Watching Paris-Nice was great today!  It was good to see Levi Leipheimer doing so well so early in the season, I hope he can win Paris-Nice, although I have no idea if that is his goal.  Too bad Gert Steegmans joined the broken collarbone club this year, it appears that the list is getting rather long and the season has just really getting ramped up.  Gert looked to be Team Radioshack's "classics" big gun, and I am sure his talents will be missed, but the do have a pretty strong team.

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