I've been forced into an early season break with a break in my left clavicle while at Joe Martin. Not much to say about it other then we were fairly lined out and someone came over from the left to the right and took out my front wheel and bam! I hit my head hard and don't remember the caravan passing, Tennyson jumping out of the car, or the ambulance stopping by me. I wanted to get back on my bike, but my head hurt so bad I couldn't and the medic just came up, grabbed my arm and said I broke my clavicle. Game over.
From that second on the team once again took care of me like non other before. Tennyson hopped in the ambulance with me, and before I left the Arkansas hospital I had an appointment with one of the best orthopedics in the Indianapolis region thanks to team doctor Jason Brayley.
I visited with the doctor today and he said since my break was anglelated and not displaced surgery wasn't necessarily warrented. But since it could go either way he said he would call his partner who was on call and get his opinion. After he came in and thought about it, they looked at me and told me "If you weren't who you were, we would have already set you on your way. But we are going to get a third opinion after some more x-rays." I don't know what Jason told them, but I felt like I was a pretty big deal. After 3 consultations and call back to Jason it was decided to go all natural and let it heal itself. I will go back in a week to make sure everything is ok, and should be back to riding 'outside' in about 3 weeks.
Also just because some have brought it up I showed the orthopediac my elbow after he metioned I would have a bump on my shoulder for the rest of my life and the shock on his face was priceless. He said he hadn't seen anything like it in 15 years and knew exactly what it was. It was amazing.
Thanks to all for the notes I'll be sure to keep you posted on the process. Right now I'm shooting to be out racing by Fitchburg.