Time for a Comeback
On the first day of my Christmas holiday I broke my wrist - I had a break in the joint of my right radius bone after a high-speed crash on an innocuous corner of my local Manly Dam track. I spent six weeks in a pot and a further three weeks off a bike, before making a return to the road a week earlier than advised. With just five road rides completed, being my 17 km commute, I ventured on my mountain bike and made a return to the Manly Dam and the scene of my crash. My first lap was cautious but by the time I had started my second 10 km loop, the confidence had started to return and I was able to ride the larger rock drops. Nine weeks of inactivity, muscle atrophy and frustration was nearing an end.
Well the truth is, it wasn't all inactivity. Just 10 days after the accident, I was back on my indoor trainer. After trialling the free Sufferfest videos which are provided by Strava Premium - Blender, The Hunted and The Long Scream - I was suitably convinced by their quality and purchased all 20 videos from the Sufferfest site. On the 24th January, I began the Sufferlandria nine day indoor Tour. I trained on the excellent Watt Bikes at the Cycle Studio in Balgowlah Heights and completed two 100 km Time Trials. On the third of February, I purchased the TrainerRoad software, and combined them with the Sufferfest videos before starting one of TrainerRoad's excellent training plans. I began some Pilates training to work on my core and did a number of Fitness Tests. My FTP (Functional Threshold Power) had dropped but was slowly showing signs of improving. I was hopeful I had done enough to ensure I had maintained some semblance of fitness.
The Husky seemed a little too early and so I waited a week and decided to make my comeback at Capital Punishment, in Canberra. I was there to participate, or more to the point, to survive 100 km without crashing and re-breaking the wrist. It wasn't about being competitive or breaking personal bests, but about riding safely and without incident. Indeed, a long season still lies ahead and I want to be a part of it.