Got Nothing

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The title says it all. I don’t really have much of anything to say today, for once in my life. I woke up feeling like I got ran over by a truck. It’s probably for all this riding and lack of sleep. I’ve slept a little better the last couple nights, but not close to enough to feel good training. If you look at the Strava numbers to the right, I really haven’t been riding all that much, but when you throw in a very minimal recovery, it’s about all I have in me. Plus the weather has been gyrating over 30 degrees, day to day, plus the wind and that is about it.

I could write about how unbelievably sad it is that we live in a world where people get blown up at supporting sporting events, but that is our world now. We created it somewhat, so we have to live in it.

I’ve run into a few more people that have had the same shoulder surgery that I had and it is no good news. This last guy says I’ll start sleeping good somewhere between 5-8 months out. I’m at 8 weeks. Wow. I am still looking for the guy that says that it will all get better at 10 weeks.

Vincent took off back to Colorado and the 10 inches of snow. Dennis is still camping out down here. It snowed 14 inches up in Cable over the weekend, so this cold spring doesn’t seem so bad to him. The normal high here in Topeka is 67 right now. We’ve only had a couple days that warm all year. Crossing my fingers that spring will be here soon.

Trudi is taking off at the end of the week for her first BMC outing. She is doing a training camp with the BMC U23 guys before the Tour of Gila, then coming back to California after and doing the Tour of California with the Pro Tour Team. She is kind of stressed trying to get ready. She has been taking a cat to the vet every morning for the past few days. She still has 3 to go, so someone is going to get left out.

Alright, like I said, nothing. I could probably race some bike race now, but shouldn’t really. I can ride out of my saddle, thou with not much power, but the problem is absorbing bumps and quick movements. My arm really has no ability to handle those situations. But, it’s getting better slowly. Probably sometime in May I’ll be good. Wow, that is a long time from now.

This is Dennis about ready to take Vincen'ts dad's Lamborghini Diablo out for a spin.  You need a very strong left leg if you're going to drive this car, the clutch is killer.

This is Dennis about ready to take Vincen’ts dad’s Lamborghini Diablo out for a spin. You need a very strong left leg if you’re going to drive this car, the clutch is killer.

Vincent hung around on Sunday and rode, before heading back to Denver.  This is some of the stuff he was taking with him.  Not an easy drive for a super windy day.

Vincent hung around on Sunday and rode, before heading back to Denver. This is some of the stuff he was taking with him. Not an easy drive for a super windy day.

8 thoughts on “Got Nothing

  1. Mike

    Assuming you’re at least 50 years old, May is no more than 0.024% of your life from now.

     
  2. H Luce

    Lift free weights and when your bad arm is 80% as strong as your good arm, then think of pushing things, but not before.

     
  3. beev

    Steve
    I went through two surgeries last year on my collar bone, shoulder (and related damage in that area). I was in varying amounts of pain or discomfort for 5 months, including broken sleep etc – an element which is massively underestimated in terms of recovery both mentally & physically. I just told myself I was “lucky” to have the pain – modern surgery made it possible (although it took me a while to find a surgeon both competent enough and prepared to have a go at the skeletal jigsaw that i presented them with) – and thankfully the pain was temporary.
    I’m sure that in time you will be through the pain, and pleased that you have had the chance to get a pain free future, and i hope you find the mental prop that gets you through.
    Take it easy. Put your feet up.
    Cheers

     
  4. aaronb

    hang on in there Steve. Shoulder pain is not cool, but at least cycling is something you can do without needing 100 percent repair- unlike most activities

     
  5. robbiedog

    I admire your tenacity and determination but you are simply risking too much by riding while you heal. You will never forgive yourself if you fall and bust the operation. Rest up and be glad you have rode for so many years and be patient with the future.

     
  6. Bryan

    Take it easy. I had a “minor” ortho surgery on my ankle a few years ago. They basically just went in, scoped it, then cleaned up some tissue damage from an injury almost 20 years old that was getting more and more painful. After this, they wouldn’t let me put ANY weight on that ankle for two weeks, and then I had to spend another 8 weeks in a Cam Walker. That was a minor procedure, nothing like what you recently had done on your shoulder. Don’t push it and undo everything you just had done.

     

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