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    Who has had a injury that has taken away....

    part or all of your riding season? I had a unfortunate thing happen to me on Tuesday. I was riding around a park by my house Tuesday morning. I was trying to get my into shape and getting use to my new bike. When all of the sudden this damn curb jumped out in front of me and sent me over the bars. The result a seperated shoulder and a broken clavicle in at least two places. I get to have surgery on Monday and will be out until July. Per the DR. instructions anyway. Being that I have a new bike and a wife that wants me out of the house. I was looking to log a lot of ride time. But because of me screwing off and being stupid, I will not get the pleasure.

    So my question is to those of you who have had experienced extended down time for MTBiking. What the hell am I going to do with myself? What or how did you overcome such a devistating event? I like being on this site. But seeing pics of rides and people talking about riding is getting hard to handle. I am going to try and use it as motivation. I was going to jump off of the deep end this year and try a race. Guess not. Anyway please fellow MTBikers, let me know what you did. Please try to refrain from making fun of how I crashed, all my buddies are doing it. Thanks guys and happy riding!!
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    I want to know how long it took you to type 2 paragraphs with the injury. If there are races going on in your area go watch and learn while you heal.
    Your bike can take you anywhere, anytime, over any terrain but, you have to force it to GK 2004. BB1, who started it?

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    It seems like forever

    I does take a while to type with one hand. I do a ton of typing everyday for work so I can go pretty fast. The hardest part is doing the caps. I just did not want to offend some people with crazy chat room lingo. So anyway. I will have to go to some races. My buddy races, i will have to go and be his feeder person. Not sure what they are called. I went and watched a cross race last year. Those guys freaked me out. I am way to fat and slow for that stuff. Thanks minkhiller.

    Quote Originally Posted by minkhiller
    I want to know how long it took you to type 2 paragraphs with the injury. If there are races going on in your area go watch and learn while you heal.
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    Nothing but time unfortunately, will fix this. Oct of 02, I crashed hard and broke my right clavical and 7 ribs 9 different places. Yes indeedy. Talk about not being able the do sh@t. I live alone too, so no help here. Thank God I had 26 weeks of sick leave stored up. Then....the last week of Dec. 02, I was JUST getting back on the bike again...and hit a tree(Chicopee) with the same da@n collarbone, and broke it AGAIN in a different spot. DAMN ME! These were my 5th and 6th broke c-bones over a lifetime of racing bikes. Try riding with a broke c-bone. One doesn't realize how much its used for just about everything you do. I feel your pain. Man...talk about bad timing, being Spring and all. The humanity indeed...guess I'm not helping here, I'm I?

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    A few years back I broke my ankle (dislocated foot, avulsion fracture, thankfully no surgery) on May 31st...in Colorado...exactly one week after I got laid off and was looking forward to a severence supported summer of riding and camping. That sucked. I was enjoying my new found freedom to ride the Boulder skatepark during the am bike hours and a fruitbooter got in my way as I was dropping in and pow...my foot is pointing 30deg in the wrong direction.
    I started PT and riding a trainer as soon as I could, I watched Tour coverage twice a day, once in the am -live feed, then once late night with the lady friend, and I got really good at going up and down the stairs of the West End bar (RIP) on crutches with a healthy buzz...the rooftop patio was the goods and the bathroom was in the basement.
    Its my experience and that of many of my friends that you can come back from an injury stronger and more focused if you are diligent about PT and working out.
    Good luck.
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    Sorry to hear you broke your clavicle. Was it grossly displaced? I think that most orthopods would just put you in an arm sling and let the bone heal. If it is displaced, then they may opt for surgery, screws and plates (fun). The clavicle usually heals pretty well.
    Looks like you might have to play some of those mountain bike video games. Don't feel so bad about not riding. I live in Ohio and I might as well have a broken collar bone because the weather bites and I never get to ride.
    It's better to pass than be passed. Unfortunately, I fall into the later of the two!

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    1st broken bone for me

    I am lucky to have a wonderful wife to help me out. Plus the percocet helps to . Dang man and I thought I had it rough. Oh the pain then to do it again in such a short time. That sucks. Actually I think you will be one to help me. I must say that I enjoy your posts + pics. Makes me want a digital camera. I know that I will soon see you post pics of you on the podium for one of your races. I look forward to seeing your posts. When is your next race? Good luck!! Thanks Duck
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Well, yeah- broken neck

    Quote Originally Posted by upendoed
    part or all of your riding season? I had a unfortunate thing happen to me on Tuesday. I was riding around a park by my house Tuesday morning. I was trying to get my into shape and getting use to my new bike. When all of the sudden this damn curb jumped out in front of me and sent me over the bars. The result a seperated shoulder and a broken clavicle in at least two places. I get to have surgery on Monday and will be out until July. Per the DR. instructions anyway. Being that I have a new bike and a wife that wants me out of the house. I was looking to log a lot of ride time. But because of me screwing off and being stupid, I will not get the pleasure.

    So my question is to those of you who have had experienced extended down time for MTBiking. What the hell am I going to do with myself? What or how did you overcome such a devistating event? I like being on this site. But seeing pics of rides and people talking about riding is getting hard to handle. I am going to try and use it as motivation. I was going to jump off of the deep end this year and try a race. Guess not. Anyway please fellow MTBikers, let me know what you did. Please try to refrain from making fun of how I crashed, all my buddies are doing it. Thanks guys and happy riding!!
    October 25, 2002, while riding my M/C I hit a patch of ice and went down while doing 60 MPH. Worst was, it was into a big rock wall, 30 feet high.
    Anyway, I broke C6-C7, T3-T4, right pinky finger, left shoulder blade, and had bruises that wouldn't quit. Leathers did their job, I never bled a drop.
    Got the "Humpty-Dumpty" team on the job, and after 3 months in a recliner, and 6 months tip-toeing around, I started to feel like I might get by. Started riding (very carefully, as DR said if I got a blow to the head it was prolly all over)
    DH bike was stolen Feb this year. I'm going down to see/buy one Saturday. Time to put the armor back on. Been working out for the past 3 months. I'm ready again.
    You'll heal up. Give it time and keep moving around as best you can.

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    It was a crap shoot. I had 2 Dr's tell me surgery. The later of the 2 said if it was him he would just fix it. My shoulder droops quite a bit but other than that it is too swolen to see anything else. Very nasty bruise though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shabadu
    A few years back I broke my ankle (dislocated foot, avulsion fracture, thankfully no surgery) on May 31st...in Colorado...exactly one week after I got laid off and was looking forward to a severence supported summer of riding and camping. That sucked. I was enjoying my new found freedom to ride the Boulder skatepark during the am bike hours and a fruitbooter got in my way as I was dropping in and pow...my foot is pointing 30deg in the wrong direction.
    I started PT and riding a trainer as soon as I could, I watched Tour coverage twice a day, once in the am -live feed, then once late night with the lady friend, and I got really good at going up and down the stairs of the West End bar (RIP) on crutches with a healthy buzz...the rooftop patio was the goods and the bathroom was in the basement.
    Its my experience and that of many of my friends that you can come back from an injury stronger and more focused if you are diligent about PT and working out.
    Good luck.
    I couldn't agree more about PT. I broke 4 fingers on my left hand in Nov. 2002 and went through months of PT and surgery twice. PT really help bring things along quicker. Not to mention that occupational therapists tend to be attractive.
    Your bike can take you anywhere, anytime, over any terrain but, you have to force it to GK 2004. BB1, who started it?

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    LOL! A few weeks here and there.

    Broken leg, July 2002, 6 weeks out
    broken collar bone, May 2003, three weeks out
    Lacerated kidney, August 2003, 6 weeks out.

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    Pt

    I will be doing PT for sure. My bro-in-law is a PTA so that will help. But not in the attractive part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by upendoed
    It was a crap shoot. I had 2 Dr's tell me surgery. The later of the 2 said if it was him he would just fix it. My shoulder droops quite a bit but other than that it is too swolen to see anything else. Very nasty bruise though.
    I separated my shoulder snowboarding in 2000. I never had surgery on it. Sometimes I wish I had and other times I am very glad I did not. My shoulder still droops, though not as bad as when it first happened. It makes for a good war wound However, when I am doing something that requires me to hold my arm out for awhile it starts hurting. It also hurts sometimes in the cold. I have heard that there is an increased change of altimerzs (SP????) when you have surgery. So I am glad I will not have to deal with that.

    It took a couple of months to heal. Luckly, for me it was during the winter when the riding was awefull in OR and it healed up in time for the biking season.

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    Your welcome..um..I think. LOL! Heres some more sunshine. 02 was my worst year, altho I've had years of injuries otherwise from Superbike and MX racing from the early 70s to date. Up till 02 I was drinking myself to death. July 9th, Twenty-oh two was the date to be exact...that I had a terrible accute Pancreaitis attack. Was in ICU for 11 days with 3 tubes inserted 3 diff places, and in the hospital otherwise for 32 days. Had a 1 in 4 chance of dying. Nothing they can do for this ya know, but take the Pancreas off line. The night before was my last drink to date. Was given a 2nd chance, see. 1 week after getting out of the hospital, I went to Tsali for the 1st time with a friend(yes I could barely pedal the darn thing). After riding all day, and finding the campground full, we pulled out to find a campsite at a CG just a few miles away. Never made it...My bud that was driving and got distracted(the very first turn thats over the Mouse Loops approach trail) and drove right off the mtn and we rolled his then nice 99 2 door Tohoe 1.5 times down the mtn before it lodged against some trees..upsidedown, totalling it, and the 2 bikes. I mean DAMN! We were lucky to not have been ejected since we hadn't even buckled up yet. Then...I broke those 2 c-bones a couple months later that led to a big bought of Depression. I've had better years.

    03 was much better tho.

    Thanks on the pics and stuff. I sometimes wonder if they might get old to many here. Don't wanna wear out my welcome, ya know. I just love bikes and riding is all tho. Good luck with the recoup. This too will pass. I promise.

    Edit--Next race isn't until the lat weekend of April. Going snow backpacking up in the higher elevations in Pisgah tomorrow, so I'll post some pics of that Sunday or Monday for ya.

    Mtn biking no less then..saved my life, giving me new passion for life in general.

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    363 days off

    Three years ago I was off 363 days with knee problems. I bought some good digital camera equipment and got back into photography, which I used to do a lot. I also went to movies on Saturdays, the day I always used to bike. Since then I often have to take 4-5 weeks off when the knees flair up. When that happens I just try to keep busy on the weekends so I don't think about the riding. Since you know you will be back I'd continue to visit here daily and view the photos and videos.

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    I lost the almost the entire most recent Australian summer when I got into an arguement with a car in the first week of said summer and, as always happens, came off second best. I had a fracture in my wrist, apart from all the other bumps and bruises, which kept me off my bike for 3 and a bit months. I kept sane by planning the repairs of a rather battered and bruised bike to bring it somewhere near to its former glory and with the help of my LBS actually doing it. I was unable to do much of the actual repair work myself as it was my right wrist in plaster and guess who's right handed?

    I spent the rest of my time planning out my new rides comprising one road bike and one full suspension bike. The internet is a wonderful thing in times like that. You can look at all the marvellous products out there and dream a little and actually bring some of those dreams to fruition. This website, among many others, was a great help in getting everything together. Two days after getting the brace off, which came after the plaster, I had a brand new Jamis Eclipse road bike in my possession and in 3 weeks I will have a Santa Cruz Blur in my hot little hands. The bad part of all that time not riding was that I ate like I was still riding and gained 4kg.

    As you have a new ride in your hands I then recommend for you a steady diet of internet porn, right wing crackpot websites, daytime TV and of course MTBR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckman
    02 was my worst year
    '02 was a tough year for me, too.

    In March '02, I split with my ex and moved into my own place, which was actually very good. But on moving day, in two separate incidents, I totaled the front Spinergy SPOX wheel from my road bike, cracked the carbon fork, ripped a $100 Ti-railed saddle apart and did untold damage to my roof rack. The next day, the clutch failed on the car. At 167K miles, it was beyond economical repair.

    Things were looking better in May, when I went to the FourPlay By the Bay gathering. Until a little "oops" at Rockville on the 2nd day of a 10-day bike vacation that left me with 3 broken ribs, a little road rash and a nice assortment of bruises. That was about 4 weeks of no riding, and several more of mild-mannered roads.

    It took the ribs a while to heal, and I was finally getting back into top shape by the end of July. On a Wednesday evening road ride with my club, another rider made a mistake on a downhill and crashed in front of me. I nailed her bike and got launched. I tucked and rolled, but my first point of contact was the back of my left wrist, shattering the radius and dislocating the hand.

    It wasn't a really stable fracture, but got set very well in the ER. After discussions with two docs, we decided to see if it would heal without surgery. It did, but not well. When I got out of the cast, my wrist had a 40 degree jog in it. They had to re-break it and screw it together right with a plate and 8 screws. During surgery, they discovered that one of the tendons to my thumb had severed itself over the broken bone ends, so they had to fix that,too. That made rehab take even longer. Total time off the bike: 8 months.

    Unfortunately, by the end of therapy, I discovered I could dislocate my ulna at will, and I would need another surgery to fix that problem. I was able to postpone surgery #2 until last November, figuring 6-8 weeks in a cast and then PT, and I'd be ready for spring. Well, the second repair didn't want to heal, so the doc got me a bone growth stimulator. Those things work (most of the time) but they do so rather slowly. I spent the next 4 months in an over-the-elbow cast. I got out of the cast a month ago and just got the last pin removed Wednesday. The doc did say I can start riding my road bike (hands on hoods) in a few weeks, but not the mtbikes. I can't rotate my palm down yet, and need to work slowly on this or I'll undo the repairs.

    So, what do I do to keep myself entertained when I'm incapacitated? I work out in a gym or on my stationary bike regularly. Steppers, treadmills, stat bikes and even the elliptical trainer don't take two hands. Jogging isn't fun while injuries are fresh because of the bouncing, but I'm starting to jog a little now. Lifting weights with my legs did require a friend to help get me out of the hamstring curl machine until I got the cast off. My right arm stays in shape with dumbells.

    As for getting outdoors, go for a hike. If it snows, go snowshoeing. A hiking staff in one hand is adequate for either except in really rugged terrain.

    Tomorrow, I'm going to a trail work day. I won't be able to do the rock work I usually like to do, but I'm going to go paint blazes and socialize.

    Good luck! I hope your surgery goes well and you heal quickly.

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    fill your time with recovery & rehab

    after the surgery your body will need time to recover. you'll be surprised how exhausted you'll be. rest lots. then, get into physio as soon as they'll let you. the quicker you get into physio the easier your rehab will be. oh, and "easier" is a relative term - rehab is never easy!

    i've had two major riding injuries that kept me off the bike (and off my feet). in the fall of '98 (at the end of my very first season mtb'ing & just after i'd discovered this site) i endo'ed and shattered my iliac crest (pelvis) and my left wrist. i was off my feet for 6 weeks: couldn't even sit for more than a few minutes at a time. it was boring and it was tough but i felt pretty lousy and didn't really feel like doing much of anything. as soon as they let me i started physio and was able to go skiing 10 weeks after the crash and riding 11 weeks post-crash.

    in the spring of '01 i took a header off a log stunt in Whistler (i still know that i could ride that log!!) and ended up with a compression fracture in C6 which kept me off the bike for about 5 months. it was tough but i did manage to find other things to do.

    ask your doc if you can ride the trainer. a friend of mine separated her shoulder in a race last spring (3 months recovery time) and managed to get some quality training time on her trainer until she was allowed to go back outside to ride.

    you'll be surprised at how easy it is to fill your time with recovery and all the other stuff you like to do (remember there was a life before mtb'ing!!). catch up on your reading. take long walks. buy a trainer (if you don't have one) and ride it. learn to do something new...

    heal fast!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by upendoed
    I was trying to get my into shape and getting use to my new bike. When all of the sudden this damn curb jumped out in front of me and sent me over the bars.
    Thanksgiving weekend '02 I was crusing down to the grocery store on the street on my new 2 week old ride, I left my helmet at home since I never used to wear one on street rides. Basically the same story as you, I was rolling along at around 20mph, went to transition to the sidewalk from the street and misjudged the curb. Went face down and bounced off of mah head, rang the old bell pretty hard. Anyway, an ambulance came and I went to ER and all that good stuff.

    The doc said I couldn't ride for at least 2 months. Although, after the swelling went down enough that I could fit a helmet on I did a couple short easy rides after about a month, and I was cool by mid-Jan.

    Although people kept calling me "bruiser" since I had two black eyes.

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    Out for most of last few seasons...

    …but was in the hospital/surgeries/recoveries for a large part of the time.

    I read more, worked on my Spanish, had friends over/worked on their bikes. Planned biking trips for when I was recovered, (have to finish "Tahoe plan" for end of July). Watched the birds and the javelinas/foxes/coyotes walk through the property.

    One month to next round of surgeries (April 29th), #'s 15 & 16, then I'm out for another two months. Come on by and hang out, I'll be here…

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    Wow

    I am all of the sudden feeling really lucky. After reading some of these injuries. Holy cow. I hope that you heal up alright. Thanks for the story. I hope to stay as active as I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by upendoed
    So my question is to those of you who have had experienced extended down time for MTBiking. What the hell am I going to do with myself?
    i had to have surgery on my foot due to morton's neuroma (painful nerve inflammation between 3rd and 4th toes). i pretty much couldn't pedal for a YEAR. since the previous 15 years, riding and racing bicycles was a full-time hobby for me, it was pretty annoying. so i bought a motorcycle and started riding that alot. by the time my foot got well enough to pedal again, i was already racing enduros on the scoot. what a blast! it made me want to go find everyone i had ever met with dirtbiking experience and kick their asses for not making me try it earlier. now i'm back to pedaling alot, but i'm going to stick to motorized racing because getting fit enough to race bicycles requires obsession, and also because i've already been as fast as i can ever be on a bicycle and it's frustrating to just get slower, whereas i get faster on the scooter every few months.

    that doesn't really help you tho, does it? if you can run at all, i'd start doing that as soon as i could, to keep some fitness so you're not a big fat slug when you get back on the bike. then, i'd start hiking and jogging on local trails. maybe do some exploring and find new trails. chat with other hikers. don't tell them you ride, but tell them how cool it is that mtb'ers do so much trail maintenance and are so friendly. get a gps and a mapping program and start making maps of your favorite secret trails. start doing research for a trip to moab or colorado or idaho or somewhere. good luck.
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    Thanks too all

    Thanks to all for sharing your war stories. Hammers story make mine sound like a walk in the park. Sorry to hear about that. I am very lucky. *rt* thanks for the advise yours 2 makes mine sound easy. Flowmaster, do you wear a helmet all the time now? I swear by them. I make my kids wear them too. I has already saved my 7 year old from a serious head injury. C.J. you have given me some great ideas. I was headed to Moab in 2 weeks. Not anymore. We were also going to go to Tahoe. That might still happen. Well I hope that I only have 1 surgery. Velosapiens, your thoughts are great, here in SLC, UT hikers have a bad attitude about bikers. So that would be great to straighten them out. Explosif98, porn is good but I thought that was a bad thing to say on this site. I will definately stay on this site to see all the great posts. Updates on all the racers here, good luck to Duckman!! Hopefully even see Spaz and Kleinwhateverhis name is have some good fun wars. Thanks to all. You all have helped. I hope to kick this in the butt and get on the bike. Soon. I guess I will have to get the trainer back out and spin indoors. Everybody have a great weekend and let me know about your rides.
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    Fractured a vertebre bout 3 years ago... was OTB for 3 months completely and riding very light for another 3-4. 8 months and I was able to ride hard and rough.

    Worst part was that I had just ordered a new bike when it happened and the bike came in while I was unable to even test ride it

    Hurt my wrist a while back, took me out for a couple of weeks :think:

    Busted my knee on a badly negotiated obsticle... out for about a week

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsair_dpm
    Sorry to hear you broke your clavicle. Was it grossly displaced? I think that most orthopods would just put you in an arm sling and let the bone heal. If it is displaced, then they may opt for surgery, screws and plates (fun). The clavicle usually heals pretty well.
    Looks like you might have to play some of those mountain bike video games. Don't feel so bad about not riding. I live in Ohio and I might as well have a broken collar bone because the weather bites and I never get to ride.
    ain't that the truth. Im thinking about injuring myself on purpose just so I don't feel so bad about not being able to ride in this freakin state. Where in OH are you at man (or woman as the case might be)?
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