Last week while helping my wife load a household appliance we were donating into her aunt’s pickup was the sickening sound of my right bicep detaching itself from the elbow distal tendon. The pain was bad, of course, but the realization of the extent of the injury was worse. Suddenly plans of completing a 3rd consecutive DirtyKanza were nixed. In addition to a surgical reattachment, performed yesterday, there’s several months of recovery and rehab before I can return to riding once again.
In situations like this one must focus on the positives.
- Injury to right arm and I’m left-handed.
- We have health insurance and can take the steps necessary for a full recovery.
- Support of a wonderful family, friends and employer.
- I can still code.
- Inside trainer to maintain conditioning on order.
There’s not much value in thinking about the negatives or what-ifs. Life has a way of throwing curve balls. Find a way of knocking the cover off it anyway.
As far as what’s next. I already mentioned the trainer which will be a way to maintain conditioning during the lull.
Once the splint comes off and the brace is opened enough to hold on I am going to try and get some rides in (despite doctor’s orders) and we’ll see what happens come June 2nd.
photo courtesy of http://www.swiftwick.com/sw/cycling/kanza-does-not-care-