When I climbed on my bike and cycled to gym the week before the Autumn 100, I didn’t for one minute imagine that things would change so drastically in a split second.
Transport for London have been doing ongoing work for over 6 months now on the cycle superhighway 2 (CS2) and overnight had lifted a section of tar right after a bus bypass. Unfortunately it was something you couldn’t see at 06:30 in the morning, as it was still dark and street lighting is poor with the ongoing works. More importantly, there was no signage to cyclists notifying that there were works ahead and the cycle lane remained open.
So I was thrown off my bike trying to navigate a short section of gravel surface as my wheel struck the 2 inch gap in road surface. Good job TfL. Adrenaline didn’t kick in until I was close to the Royal London hospital and whilst I sat at A&E, the pain kicked in.
That was me out of the Autumn 100.
A week later and a follow up at the fracture clinic determined that the top of my humerus was indeed cracked where the muscle attaches to the bone. Lucky for me, everything is holding in place and time will heal.
Training has come to an abrupt halt. I’ve not quite braved going out for a run, as it doesn’t quite feel like things are right yet after I broke into a light jog yesterday for around 100 metres.
What does one do when you’re used to training on a daily basis? I can’t realistically run. I definitely can not swim, as I’m not allowed to raise my arm above my shoulder for at least another 10 days (and the times I have when lying in bed, I’ve woken up in excruciating pain). That leaves me with cycling. Quite ironic actually.
I’ve swapped cycling to and from work with cycling on a Watt Bike at gym on a daily basis. My usual gym routine has been thrown out the window as I can only train legs using resistance machines, so I’ve started to use the lateral leg press, adductor, abductor, leg extension and leg curl, as well as squatting against a wall using an exercise ball.
It could all easily become repetitive and boring quick, however I’m using the opportunity to focus on putting some strength into my training and seeing just how far I can push myself.
There’s just no point in dwelling on a DNS (did not start) on my last race of the year. Instead I’m focussing on the positive and using this time to help prepare me for what I’m sure will be some tough training through the winter months. I have a target of 2:50 which I’m committing to for Paris Marathon in April and then there are going to be some epic trail races over summer, so what better time to start focussing on building some core leg strength!