Crashed hard during my race today in Ogden, on the second lap. Worst part about it is that I actually felt semi-decent today.
Semi-decent meaning “fat and out-of-shape, but not in as much pain as previous races” … the Fort Buenaventura course is my favorite of all the courses in the UT CX series, but there’s one feature that just kicks my butt every time.
There’s this short, steep sand-hill that goes up about 25 feet, has about 2-feet of flat at the top, and then drops right back down the other side. It’s so steep that for the most part only the A-riders can clean it without dismounting.
Most riders will run up it, then mount at the top and drop down the other side. Since my re-mount technique is not so hot, and I’ve never been a great descender, I’ve always run down this feature … and today I tripped up, and went ass-over-teakettle, somersaulting down the hill, bike and all.
I’m told it looked pretty spectacular. Don’t think anyone got any photos though, unfortunately. When I got up, I was sure I had broken my collarbone, but I remounted my bike and rolled easy just to see if everything would loosen up.
Thankfully, I didn’t break anything, but I jammed my bad shoulder pretty hard. I’ve been having problems with my right shoulder for several months, often not being able to sleep if I don’t take some sort of anti-inflammatory or painkiller before I go to bed. I’m pretty sure it’s something in the rotator cuff, and today’s experience is not going to help.
Somewhere along the line, I’m just going to have to suck it up and go see an orthopedist and then either do PT or have surgery. Obviously, the former is preferable, especially as the cyclocross season is just about over, and ski season is really starting to ramp up into full steam.
I’d hate to kill my ski season before it even starts.
The A-race was an incredible one to watch. Bartman dropped the hammer as usual, and quickly opened up a 1-minute gap on the rest of the field. A-train is finding his form just in time for Nationals in Providence in two weeks, and Jon Gallagher seems like his form is coming on strong as well.
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