Sunday, October 23, 2011

Progress Report

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My bike crash was four weeks ago yesterday, and one month out I feel I am definitely on the path to feeling more like myself.

My shoulder is doing really well despite of the huge bump that I guess I'll always have.  I've decided to name it Chuck.  Better than having a Chip on my shoulder, I guess.

Meet Chuck.

I am happy to report that last week Chuck and I swam 300 yards!!  While I was swimming I thought my swimsuit strap was really pulling on my shoulder.  When I went to adjust it, I realized it wasn't my strap that was tight, just my shoulder! Wow! Despite the tightness, though, it did not hurt to swim, so that was definitely a victory.

My cheekbone is still very tender.  My doctor said the bone is probably bruised and will be tender and swollen for some time. This has been a problem for swimming, believe it or not, because I have not been able to use my normal go-to TYR Nest Pro goggles because they press on my scars.  At Rev3 Quassy I won a pair of TYR Socket Rockets, so I have been able to use those since they have a much smaller profile.  They make me feel very swimmer-like, but I do miss my usual goggles.

I have to admit, I am also still grieving about the scars on my face.  I'm sure they will fade with time and with it the grief as well, but it still seems very fresh.  I can't help but wonder what people think when they see it. Maybe no one even really notices, and I'm just being vain, but I'm still pretty bummed about it.  Real life right here.

I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things training wise.  It's been a weird time for me because in addition to not working out for almost 3 weeks, I am also transitioning to a new coach in November (more on that in a week or so), so I haven't had anyone but myself to figure out my weeks.  It shouldn't be too hard in theory, since I am a triathlon coach, but there is just something different about coaching myself rather than coaching someone else.  I've been trying to plan my week as though I'm planning it for one of my clients, then after I am done planning, I get out my calender and see if it will work.  It has definitely helped me to have something, anything planned.  This week I was able to get in almost 5.5 hours of training in a combination of easy running, cycling on the trainer, and aqua jogging.

Many people have asked me if I've been out on my bike yet.  The answer is no.  My doctor did not want me riding outside until my shoulder was completely healed.  I'm hoping that we get some warm-ish weather in November or December so I will have a chance to get out even for a quick ride before the snow comes.  To be honest, I'm not nervous about getting back on the bike, I don't think, BUT I would rather not wait until spring to have that first ride back.

All in all, I'm pleased with my progress.  The range of motion in my shoulder is coming back quite nicely, with lots of help from my sports chiro, Dr. Parker, and I'm slowly getting my lost fitness back.  Now if I could only lose the almost 10 pounds I've gained since my crash, I'd be golden!! :) I'm guessing that I might have to cut back on the Halloween candy if that's going to happen!!


  1. Right there with u on all levels of recovering....and VERY nice to finally meet Chuck! Our funks are fading and that's a victory too....about the scars-i didn't even notice last time i saw u! Hang in there gorgeous! XO

  2. Glad you are on the road to recovery. I crashed my bike in May and had a similar bump. I had a complete AC separation and had surgery to correct it and now my bump is gone.

    Hope you are back to 100% soon!

  3. The recovery sounds like it is coming along nicely and I am very glad to hear that. Keep staying the course and you will be well on your way in no time!

  4. Glad to hear that you are on the mend and back in the pool. I have a similar bump as well from a mountain bike crash long long ago!!! Oh our war wounds. :)

  5. I find the same thing with my workouts, in theory as a coach I know exactly what I need to do, it just seems easier if someone else is planning it for me! You are beautiful scars our not! Glad you are healing!


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