Back in the saddle


I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because I’ve been riding my bike.  My clavicle break is finally healed, and I’m still working on recovering lost muscle mass/strength in my shoulder.  I’m working with a fantastic physical therapist who has taken my goals and made them hers.  And I’m doing great, riding again, even off road, and just started mountain biking again.  I’m not quite 100% where I was before the crash, but I’m progressing well.

Well enough I’m going to race tomorrow.

It’s Minuteman Cyclocross, in Lancaster, MA.  I raced this last year in the pouring rain, had a solid mid pack finish, and a hell of a lot of fun. This time I’m trying to tone down my expectations, but I admit it’s difficult.  My plan is to take in the course during pre-ride, have a good start, go hard whenever I can, and stay upright.  Keep it simple.

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Minuteman CX 2017-sopping wet and gasping for breath, I finished mid pack in a field of 58 and was thrilled about it.

If I survive the race tomorrow, I’ll turn my eye to Gloucester.  I haven’t entered yet, but am 90% sure I’ll race Sunday, and about 50% sure about Saturday.

I remain tentative because I am genuinely surprised about the amount of strength I lost from keeping my shoulder immobile for 5 weeks. The muscle loss is visually noticeable, and I was told “the asymmetry would last a while.”  But I think tomorrow will help me turn the mental corner to racing again–providing everything goes well.

Regardless of all of the cyclocross angst I have (because when have I not?), I’m so happy to be riding again, on all surfaces, on all bikes.  It’s great to be back riding!

-Karen

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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

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