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Hip fractures in Cyclists

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After seeing me break my hip and watching my recovery, my friend Stacie has become interested in how cyclists recover from hip injures. There seems to be little research on the topic. Primarily a lack of data. I had told her that after breaking my hip, a ton of other cyclists contacted me about their experience breaking their hips and femurs.  Stacie saw an opportunity to collect this data.   So, if you’ve had this problem or know of someone that has(please forward),  take some time to fill out the survey below.  It only takes a couple minutes.  Thanks.

Research Objective: To identify the type of hip fractures cyclists sustain, mechanism of injury, recovery and when they return to cycling.

Principle investigator:
Stacie L. Grossfeld, M.D.
Board certified in Sports Medicine Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Specialists
Louisvillebones.com
502-212-BONE

Take this survey if you broke your hip while riding a bicycle. No other qualifications.
Hip Survey 

It’s My Space

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Flying back from San Diego was pretty good. I had a direct flight and that is always nice. The problem was, once again, the person sitting beside me couldn’t stay in their space.

I sat at the back of the plane and there was an empty middle seat right until the last minute, when a group of Muslim Clerics (like I know how to spot a Muslim Cleric) came on board. There were about 8 of them, mostly pretty big. I got super lucky when a very small fellow pointed to the empty seat beside me.

I was sitting at the window and right after the isle guy moved, this guy plops down in the middle seat and immediately, nearly aggressively, take over both of the arm rests. That kind of bugged me, but I was planning on sleeping the whole flight and was going to be leaning against the window, so that was fine. I was hoping to support my bad arm on the armrest some, but didn’t really worry much about it at the time.

But, nearly as soon as we took off, this guy’s arm keep getting further and further into my space. Pretty soon it was like 4 inches over. I was already crunched over pretty well, but it was nearly impossible not to touch. So, I decided to just move a few times slightly, just brushing up against the guy’s arm, hoping that he would realize he was in “my area”. Nope. Didn’t work. I tried it a couple more times with a little more pressure, but he didn’t budge.

The flight is a little over 3 hours and about 1/2 way my shoulder started hurting from being cramped up in the corner of my seat. There wasn’t a position that I could get into to relieve the pain. I’m not sure why I just didn’t ask the guy to try to keep all his body parts in his seat. I wouldn’t have worded it that way, but that is what I wanted. I think the reason was because it was so obvious that he was in my area and that it would be rude, after such a long time, to ask him to self contain.

Maybe it was a guy thing and the little guy wanted to show he was the alpha male or something. I’m not sure. And maybe I was more riled up because it was a man. If it would have been a woman, or let’s take it to the extreme, a fashion model, I maybe wouldn’t have be so pissed that she was in my area. I still would have been uncomfortable, but I don’t think I would have felt like my personal area had been so invaded.

It is sort of weird that there is only one armrest for two people to share. This guy wasn’t much of a sharer. It seems like there should be two armrests for each seat. It is probably just a space deal. It seems like that they are jamming more seats into each plane every time I fly.

Now that it’s over, it doesn’t matter much. It gave me a bunch to ponder over and really there was no harm done. Human interactions always entertain me. I don’t necessarily have to be in the situation, to find it interesting, but when I am, and don’t react as I think I might, it is interesting, entertaining, and somewhat amusing too.

This is how it started and it keep getting further and further over on my side.

This is how it started and it keep getting further and further over on my side.

All these guys were dressed the same.  Any ideas about what the deal is?

All these guys were dressed the same. Any ideas about what the deal is?

Back in Kansas

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I’m back in Kansas today. Modern transportation never ceases to amaze me. I got in some pretty good miles in California, but I’m a ways off from racing.

Seems like I missed a bunch of the burning, which is a major reason to skip out of Kansas this time of year. But, it’s been raining the last two days so they couldn’t burn then. That’s a drag.

I got a text from Brian and he’s heading down to Austin this weekend to ride a Leadville qualifier, The Austin Rattler 100km. He’s trying to drag Bill down there with him. I wish I could go.

I’m going to do some FaceTime with my orthopedic surgeon, Stacie, to show off all the progression I’ve made on my shoulder. We’ll see what she thinks, but to me it is way slow going. I have PT tomorrow with Burt. That is going to be interesting.

Vincent is in town for a few days, do that should be fun. I hear Dennis might be heading back with his dog, Hawkeye, too.

The weather in Topeka hasn’t really warmed up, but the weekend looks alright. I like Spring in general, but it really hasn’t made it here yet.

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This is the house out of the movie Top Gun, up in Oceanside. They moved it and now it is just sitting on the ground.

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I finally got a ride in Don’s Ferrari. It was a blast.

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This is Sue and Big Dave. I hadn’t seen Dave for decades. He was Broz’s roommate back in the Wheaties/ Schwinn days.

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This is the wallpaper at an Italian restarant in La Jolla. Sporting inspirational motif.

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It is never ending.

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First Tesla dealer I’ve seen.

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California is first for everything.

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Point Loma from the air.

Why Is No One Climbing Trees Anymore

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A big reason I decided to do this shoulder surgery has nothing to do with bike racing. It was that there are a lot of things to do in life that are impossible to do if you can’t lift your right arm above your shoulder. One of those is climbing trees.

The last time I saw anyone in a tree is three or four years ago in Lake Geneva, Wis., during Tour of America’s Dairyland. The kid looked just like me and my friends did when we were young. Skinny, as in concentration camp shinny, a little sunburned and barefoot.

I can’t decide why kids aren’t in trees now. They must have the same inquisitive nature and want to get up in them. I think it must be the parents that have decided that it is too dangerous. Maybe their parents didn’t climb trees?

I can’t say I’ve know anyone that has died from climbing trees. I’m not saying it can’t be dangerous. I fell out of trees multiple times. I’ve actually had organs removed because of it. And broken bones. But, I was the exception in my area. I can’t remember anyone else in my block every getting hurt falling out of a tree. Not hurt enough to go to the emergency room. And all of us climbed trees everyday pretty much.

This climbing tree thing is reflective in a lot of things our society has deemed unacceptable for our kids. Playing outside is nearly in that category now. It is some places. This generation of parents seem to think that our children are in more danger than the previous generation of parents. At least they are more attentive, which translates into more restrictive. I couldn’t tell you if that works. To me, as an outside observer, it seems like the kids are getting much less “kid experience”. Here is an article addressing our children not doing things.

Our adults are blaming video games, computers and fast food as the reasons that our children are fat. Maybe we should blame ourselved, the adults, for being so overly protective and selfish, that we don’t allow our children to learn about what is right and wrong, unmonitored by us, the adults. Some of the most important things that I learned didn’t come from an adult lecturing me about it. I learned it by personal experience, by myself or with a bunch of friends.

Maybe I’m just getting old, but on Easter Sunday, it was a delight seeing families outside, having picnics and playing outside games. It was probably more because it was close to 70 degrees, than because it was Easter, but whatever the reason, it was nice seeing people outside doing stuff. I hate to think that we need a religious holiday to encourage us all to do what we should be doing on our own.

Anyway, I plan to climb more trees this year when my shoulder get better. Barefoot.

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St. Patrick’s Weekend

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It was 85 degrees in Topeka yesterday. I love that part about living here in Kansas. It can be super warm virtually any month. Today the high is supposed to be about half of that, in the mid 40’s. It just gives us all a glimpse of what to look forward to in the very near future.

Yesterday, Bob Sanner from the Lawrence Sports Commission, drove over to Topeka to discuss ways to improve the Tour of Lawrence race that is usually held around July 4th. Man, that guy is an advocate of the sport. He and he alone does this whole weekend of racing. And just because. He likes to ride his bike and thinks that Lawrence is a town that should have a bike race. Next year, July 4th is on a Friday and he is going to put on a Twilight Criterium on Mass. St. before the fireworks display, which is downtown. He thinks, and I agree, that exposing so many people to the sport might be enough to start something big. Anyway, he is one of those out of the spot light guys allow us all to race bikes.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. Here in Topeka, they do a parade downtown. I went over there last year and will probably mosey over there again this year. I spend more time watching the spectators than the parade itself, but I do that a lot at many events.

My Tradewind Energy team mates went down to Arkansas to ride and then race the Hell’s Kitchen Road Race. Just another local race I’m feeling blue about missing. It is a very good course and always hard, but a really good time. They moved the finish to the top of the climb last year, which switches up the dynamics of the race. I wish I was there.

I caught another non-fixed cat yesterday, so I’m going to take it to the vet this morning and trade it for my two fixed cats to release outside. They will be very happy to get back to their places. I had the vet give them shots, etc., so they should be better off than they were before. At least that is what I’m telling myself.

KU and K-State both won yesterday in the semi finals of the Big 12 basketball tournament, so they are playing in the finals today at 5. I’m routing for KU and it’s not going to be nearly as fun watching without Bill around. I’m not sure it really matters that much. I don’t think that KU will get a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament even if they win, but you never know.

Then, Milan-San Remo is tomorrow. I have to go with Sagan. How can you not. I can’t see him not getting over the top of the Poggio in the front. And he can descend better than nearly anyone in the race. Especially if it is wet. Plus, he can outsprint about anyone he is with. But, it’s a bike race, so anything can happen.

Okay, I’d better get going. I have cats to attend to.

The Tour of Lawrence Flyer for 2013.

The Tour of Lawrence Flyer for 2013.

It was so warm yesterday here in Eastern Kansas that the bike cops were riding around in shorts.

It was so warm yesterday here in Eastern Kansas that the bike cops were riding around in shorts.

This is my newest acquaintance.   She/he seems very cute.

This is my newest acquaintance. She/he seems very cute.

Trudi wore here KU cycling socks for the game last night.

Trudi wore here KU cycling socks for the game last night.

And made a KU color dessert to celebrate the victory.

And made a KU color dessert to celebrate the victory.

Bummer

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I can’t say yesterday was close to a good day. I had been waiting around Vail for the past two weeks to have this follow-up, two week appointment with the surgeon. I was hoping that the guys at PT would tell the doctor, or the doctor would see himself that my arm is doing stellar, thus accelerating the whole process.

But, that wasn’t to be. My doctor wasn’t even at the appointment, the fellow that had been at the surgery met me and pretty much just gave me a physical therapy protocol that I was told the day after the operation.

So, that means, 4 more weeks of having my arm tied to my side, then I can start riding inside (which I’m already doing) and if everything goes according to the standard plan, he told me 3 to 4 months before I can compete again.

I can’t really comment on the whole day, publicly, right now. I need to get a physical therapist at home now. I’m going to wait for a referral from the head guy here, Dirk, before I decide. Dirk, and Brooke, and the other PT people were the highlight of the experience so far. Seems like the hands on people have the most knowledge sometimes, but since this is all new to me, I’m not really sure what to think right now.

Plus, this sinus thing has moved into my chest, so I slept about 2 hours the last 2 nights. I’m not sure I’ve been so miserable in recent memory. And I don’t really care much right now. And yes, this is all considered whining.

The upside to yesterday was, even though I felt like shit, Trudi and I walked over to the Burton US Open snowboarding competition at Gold Peak and made our way up to the half pipe to watch the first qualifying runs, between doctors appointments.

It definitely wasn’t the smartest thing to be doing with my arm in a sling and a huge risk if I fell down. The hill was so steep and so slick that it was incredibly hard to get up the half pipe. Coming down was much worse. I think if I did that 3 times, I would have destroyed my shoulder operation at least once. Luckily, that didn’t happen, but I wasn’t in control of my footing at anytime.

Once up there, it was incredible. I don’t quite understand how this sport got to this point, but the pipe is so huge and these guys are flying so high. There were a bunch of 13 and 14 year old kids from Japan and Australia. I didn’t hear the announcers saying an age over 20, but I know that some of the guys were. I think Shawn White qualified 2nd, and he’s “old” in this sport.

Anyway, it is super cool. I think the winner of the half pipe gets $45000 for this competition. That is more than most total prize lists of the biggest bike races in the country. Man, sport is fickle the way the wealth is spread.

We’re heading back down to Denver today to give Vincent back his dog and spend the night. Then back to Kansas on Saturday. I think there is still a lot of snow on the ground there, not that it really matters to me. Funny how that is.

After getting all the bandages off at the doctor's office.

After getting all the bandages off at the doctor’s office.

This was between runs.  The snow patrol guys go down the pipe to smooth out the ruts.  Looks how small they look compared to the structure.

This was between runs. The snow patrol guys go down the pipe to smooth out the ruts. Looks how small they look compared to the structure.

It is amazing what great photos you can get with just an iPhone.

It is amazing what great photos you can get with just an iPhone.

Here's Trudi intently watching.

Here’s Trudi intently watching.

We were nearly at the bottom of the half pipe and the guys were way over our heads when they came out.

We were nearly at the bottom of the half pipe and the guys were way over our heads when they came out.

This guy came up a little short, right in front of us.  There was a big wind from the West, so alot of guys were getting blown over and had problems on our side. I don't think this worked out well for him, but don't really remember.

This guy came up a little short, right in front of us. There was a big wind from the West, so alot of guys were getting blown over and had problems on our side. I don’t think this worked out well for him, but don’t really remember.

This is the middle jump for the slopestyle competition.  It is so huge.  I would love to see that too.

This is the middle jump for the slopestyle competition. It is so huge. I would love to see that too.

Bromont is going to miss his buddy Jack.

Bromont is going to miss his buddy Jack.

Not Sure What I’m Doing

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I spent about 15 hours yesterday laying tile. But, better than that, the tile saw was downstairs in garage and the bathroom was upstairs, so I went up and down the stairs at least 300 times, so it was all inclusive, tiling and training. Here it is at 1:45am and I’m barely clean from all the thinset.

I hadn’t planned on spending that much time, but I figured it is better to get it done earlier, so I don’t have to worry about it later. Plus, my friend Nan wants her bathroom back sooner rather than later.

I thought I might race in Dallas this weekend, but I sort of thought the weather was going to be bad there, but now I don’t know. There are two cross races here on Sunday and Monday in Kansas City. I’m still deciding whether to go up to Chicago and do the UCI races the weekend before Nationals in Madison. I haven’t raced much, but am a little up in the air about everything right now.

Sorry about the lame post, but I didn’t really have a change to do anything all day, so I’m a little out of the loop media-wise. I should be done with this “project” tomorrow and can get back to more ordinary things.

Okay, here are some pictures of yesterday’s progression.

Around 10 am this morning.

I was worried about the wall because it had a big hump in it and was very uneven. It turned out great.

We’re carrying the trim line all the way around the room.

Floor to ceiling tile.

The little soap nook and seat took a lot of cutting. They turned out pretty good too.