Missing the World Championships
When it first happened I was in talks with BikeNZ and a surgeon to get it plated, get it back together, let it heal then possibly get back on the bike for the World Champs.
On the plane home to NZ I had a bit of time to think and looked at the dates of the World Champs and realised three weeks wouldn't be enough time - I was going to miss my second Track World Champs in a row due to another broken collarbone.
Surgery had to be organised, then recovery from surgery to get rid of the anaesthetic and pain of the operation would take a week, and leave only 10 days before the Worlds in Melbourne. And trying to ride a 50km Madison with a broken collarbone wasn't going to happen!
I was also gutted because I felt like things were coming along nicely in my training leading up to the Worlds and I was in good shape. The Oceania's and World Cup in Beijing were good for me, but not great. I hadn't been going as well as I had hoped. Leading up to the Worlds I had made some changes and I was putting out some of the best numbers I ever have.
Missing racing at the Worlds was hard, but I was lucky enough to get along to watch the World's in Melbourne. I was able to use the BikeNZ erg's to help get back into shape, do some rehab with Soldier (Mark Hollands – BikeNZ Physio) but most importantly watch the Kiwis, my teammates, fly around the track and win five medals - such a awesome feeling!
Recovery and rehab
I had 16 days completely off the bike in total. A week before surgery was available, then nine days post surgery to let the body and most importantly the wound recover. I was lucky enough to have one of the best surgeons around operate on me, and he did an awesome job at chucking some metal and screws into my collarbone to help it heal!
I quickly jumped on the erg and started ticking over the legs. My coach Simon started putting a few sessions together to make the time pass a bit faster on the erg - not an easy thing being restricted to only being allowed to ride an erg!
I then got in touch with Soldier on Skype to check how the range of movement was in my shoulder. He was happy with it and gave me some exercises to strengthen the muscles around my shoulder that weren't used for over two weeks! I have also been seeing another physio each week in Auckland who has been doing a bit of soft tissue massage and giving me exercises to work at.
I'd say the collarbone/shoulder area is back to about 90%, I have full movement and can now work with some light weights and thera-band to really strengthen it up and get back to 100%!
The whole of last year and the summer just gone was based around making the London 2012 Olympic games squad, and for me I didn't quite hit the form I wanted too when I needed too.
The World Champs really was my last shot at it and I missed that.
At the moment we're all waiting on the final squad for London to be named but the chances of me are lining up in London are very, very slim. In saying that I haven't given up hope and will go through with the team to Europe - leaving NZ in less than a week.
I've had to change the focus a wee bit, and get back on the road and into some kind of road shape! I'll head over to Europe a tad underdone, but that's to be expected after over two weeks completely off the bike.
I'm really enjoying the road season in Europe more and more each year and looking forward to the upcoming one. Last year the same thing happened, I went over to Europe a bit underdone, started finishing races and getting more and more confidence - then ended up winning five international road races last year - so who knows what will happen this year!
Some days your legs will be heavy and dead, and others they'll feel like no one can stop you - let's hope I get a few of them and can convert that into results!!
Doing his bit
I'm doing a bit of fundraising for the Purple Heart Foundation to help children with cancer aged 5-16.
Before I leave for Belgium I am going to shave my face, head, legs and the little hair on my chest to help support the Purple Heart Foundation.
I've setup a Facebook page, and donation details are on there! The top donation will receive a bonus NZ Cycling Jersey signed by me. See details on Facebook here ...