Crash & Brake – part II

Posted: August 24, 2008 in cycling, Safety
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On the operating table just before the op

On the operating table just before the op

It’s been 17 days since I crashed while out on a training ride on sunny Wednesday afternoon and eleven days since I had the operation to put a plate into my collarbone that resulted from the crash. See my first post on this here.

Now it’s been a strange time for me since the crash. For one, a lot of pain to endure, but also the want to get back on the bike.

Understandably getting back on the bike is not going to happen straight away. Firstly, my collarbone needs the time to sort itself out and heal properly. A minimum of four weeks according to the doctor before I can use my arm properly again. But at least three months before the bone will be properly healed (and about the same lenghth of time before I can get riding on the road again – according to the doc). That said, I can always hook the bike up to turbo trainer to get my legs turning again.

But, I just don’t feel like waiting that long. I have a serious urge to get back on the bike again, despite what has happened. As soon as I can get my arm to move in a circle without it causing too much pain, the bike will be on the turbo trainer. Just need to feel my legs moving round again. Hate sitting around not doing anything. I mean, reading cycling magazine and books does help to some extent, but it doesn’t make up for it.

At least this week to come has some objectives for me to complete. Need to get my claim form off to the private medical aid company, to get some money back for the time I spent in the hospital. Once that’s done, it’s off to shop for a new helmet. I already know what I am going to get. A Giro Ionos in red and black.  But before going helmet shopping, I am going to have to convince my wife that it’s time to get back on the bike. Understandably, as it is, she wants me to get rid of it. But that’s why I am need to work on that first. Am sure she’ll be ok with it – as it is, I’ve been riding for most of my life.

Anyway, time to get some pictures taken of the damage done to my Giro Pneumo. Will post them up on here a little later. Anyway, here’s an x-ray pic of the plate holding my collarbone together.

Plate on collarbone

Plate on collarbone


  1. Chris Lee says:

    dude, that’s some seriously graphic stuff. on the bright side, you got to lay up and watch the Olympic cycling!

  2. Peers says:

    love the graphic photos … get better soon … dont put arm out when you fall.

  3. Michelle says:

    Ouch! That is all I can say. Wish you a speedy recovery.

  4. Chas Matthews says:

    Love the nightie, Craig – very “You”……

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