Well, I have been a little quiet the last week or so. Falling off a bike onto hard concrete over Easter damaged my arm more than I initially thought. It was probably not helped by my Kiwi cycling companion insisting I get back on the bike and continue to ride - yes, and this picture is how I felt ( dialogue went something like this - Kiwi fruit "get back on that bike now", poor Pomme A "but it hurts ...."). Oh, to have the support of your fellow cyclists ....
So, after a visit to A&E (some 4 days later, as I am very tough!) and the necessary x-rays, I was informed I had fractured the radius bone right by the elbow (now I know why I could not straighten my arm and why it hurt so much) and resting the arm in a sling was the only thing to do.
Yesterday I went to the fracture clinic at the Charing X hospital for a follow-up appointment – more x-rays – and was informed that I was very lucky with where the break was ('lucky' would not be the first word I would use ..)! It had not displaced (despite me playing in a couple of gigs over the weekend!) and I no longer needed the sling. Physio appointment was needed and moving the arm was now the thing to do.
When I asked if I could do the ride ..the doctor say ‘No’ …so I insisted on a 2nd opinion! Finally his consultant (and boss) said I could ride, but I would have to keep popping the pain killers en route, try not to fall off again (as if that was on the top of my ‘to do’ list ..umm? No!) and stop if it got worse – as I could do more damage ..eeek!
So, the ride is back on for the Pomme Anglais .. yippee (I think!). Just in major ‘catch-up’ mode as the fracture has scuppered my training plan and, unlike the Kiwi fruits, I have not cycled 90 miles so the ride on the 9th May may well be my first ‘ test’ of a loooooong distance.
Lots more indoor riding and moaning – at least for the rest of this week – is on the agenda for me .. and – (a request for you, dear readers) .. please keep your fingers crossed for me to keep on mending so I make it to Paris sometime in May.. Thank you!