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surgery tomorrow :/weiwentg
Apr 8, 2002 4:03 PM
Wish me luck, gents. I get my clavicle straightened out tomorrow. the doc says perhaps 3-4 weeks of rest, after which I can begin light training. they will put in steel screws to hold it all together and take out whatever little fragments are in there. the doc said it was best to get surgery - this wasa apretty bad fracture. I get discharged the next morning.
so. does anyone want to buy a size S TCR 0, '01 model, with ultegra derailleurs and brakes, DA everything else, and Cane Creek Aeroheads? just kidding...
the guy giving the thumbs-up is me, and the other guy is my friend & teammate. obviously this was from well before the crash.
thanks for all your concern. Elefantinno, hope you get well soon, too... have a good week.
Aw, man . . .speedisgood
Apr 8, 2002 4:10 PM
Sorry to hear! Hope everything goes well! Hey, if Alex Zulle can get pinned and race the next week, so can you! Well, maybe not . . . better take the safer road ;)

At least see if the surgeon can use titanium screws, no sense in adding extra weight ;) Besides, the extra zoot factor will make you the star of your next group ride in a couple of months!
good luck and let us know how it turns out.Slipstream
Apr 8, 2002 4:11 PM
I need to something for my shoulder separation (3rd degree) & the doc recommends surgery.

btw, is that the Huron river in the background along Ann Arbor trail? Nice UM outfits too. Go Blue!
good luck and speedy recovery!gregg
Apr 8, 2002 4:13 PM
Racing is fun, but crashing sucks, and breaking a bone sucks even more.

Get well soon, weiwen.

(btw, your pic is up in the Photo Gallery)
good luck and speedy recovery!weiwentg
Apr 8, 2002 8:59 PM
btw, no idea what was up with the guy who crashed. it was a straight, flat, obstacle-free road. as close to a perfect road as you can get.
Wishing you a Zabel recovery.Elefantino
Apr 8, 2002 4:20 PM
You'll bounce back quickly. Take care.

Now get to bed and rest up!

Go blue,
UM outfitsTimePedal
Apr 8, 2002 4:29 PM
Do you guys sell the UM outfits? As an alum, wouldn't mind getting one....And of course I've made plans on trying to sponsor the UM cycling team..that is if after I make CFO =)
Me Toogranda
Apr 8, 2002 10:10 PM
Another Alum wouldn't mind getting one
awww... thanks :)weiwentg
Apr 8, 2002 5:48 PM
slipstream: good luck with your surgery as well. the pic was taken at the university of purdue, lafayette. no pics of huron river drive yet, but maybe soon. it's a very senic road, but the road itself is in terrible condition.
greg, thanks very much. next time I'll stuff CO2 cartridges in my seattube and hit the ejection switch :P
timepedal: if you're an alum, we should be able to get some for ya ($38 a piece), but only next year (none left now). mail me at they should get here around february, and we place the orders next fall term. i can make no promises, but I'll ask the president (should not be a problem).
elefantino: thanks & will do & sorry i misspelt your handle - typing with one hand (and the wrong hand to boot) is no fun.
speedisgood: was just thinking about that myself, heh heh...

earlier on in the year I made some quip about needing to break something to get my money's worth on my health insurance. here goes, then...
and, it was truly touching to hear everyone's well-wishes. ride safe, now...
good luck/you are in good handsms
Apr 8, 2002 6:35 PM
Although I did not have any major problems during my years in Ann Arbor (1980-1983), fellow classmates and I paid several visits to the UofM Hospital and health service. We had few complaints and always had good results. Good luck tomorrow.
lots o' lucklonefrontranger
Apr 8, 2002 8:12 PM
You'll be back before you know it. I drove my orthopod absolutely nuts (broken ankle last Labor Day), but in the end I believe I healed faster through staying active. I was back on the bike riding outdoors in 5 weeks, although I didn't use clipless on the injured side for about 2 weeks after that. I rode the trainer in my cast, and I'd actually get on my crutches and do a lap of the reservoir behind our house - 1.2 mile loop, which doesn't seem like a long way until you've crutched it... The orthopod fussed and moaned, but when he removed the walking cast he couldn't believe the X-rays - he couldn't even see where the break had been. I pitched the crutches that day although full weight bearing without the cast was rough, and within a week most of the limp was gone.

I'd agree with the Friel advice, by the way. Get a good rock solid stationary trainer and do some light spinning as soon as you're recovered from the surgery, maybe a week or so. The added blood flow will help you recover.

Get your GF or buddies to smuggle you in some tempting stuff like hard candies or crackers, ginger ale 'n such. You'll typically be kinda puky after general, and hospital food sucks beyond compare. Hard candies are great because they help get rid of that awful metallic taste in the mouth.
lots o' luckweiwentg
Apr 8, 2002 8:45 PM
my hospital stay is only1 night, so i'm lucky there. no need for smuggled goodies.
on the bad side, i can't eat from now till 1700hrs tomorrow. ouch. i just downed a pint of ben&jerry's. i cheated the time limit by half an hour, but i've got a fast metabolism, so it should be down quick.
g'night, everyone... :)
...I'm an IU guy but...rtolle
Apr 9, 2002 5:43 AM
Good luck with the surgery. I was doing some racing with the IU club but my collegiate season is now over because of hernia surgery this Wednesday. I was actually in a wreck with some of your Michigan boys at the Miami, OH race but all is well now...except the for the up and coming surgery. Well anyways, hope all goes well with the surgery and maybe we'll cross pathes while racing this summer.

...I'm an IU guy but...weiwentg
Apr 9, 2002 5:57 AM
'some of our Michigan boys'? ... if you were in the C race, then I think I was one of them; that was a pretty bad race :\
won't be racing come summer, but I'll be there next year, and hope you will be, too. good luck with your surgery.
...I'm an IU guy but...rtolle
Apr 9, 2002 11:02 AM
That was it....kinda ironic, huh. One guy trashed his frame in that wreck. Not me...just a new rear wheel. The shit that happens in a race...funny stuff.
...there were quite a few wrecks that day, which one were you inrtolle
Apr 9, 2002 11:11 AM
That was an ugly race. Being the 1st race of the year there were quite a few guys with very little pack riding experience and it showed. I was in the wreck that was about 3 miles from the finish on a downhill curve where someone came from behind, crossed the yellow line and then tried to get back in the front of the pack, they bumped an Ohio State guy and took down about 7-8 guys, at least 3 from IU. I guess that is what you expect when riding in a C race. I'm graduating this year so my collegiate racing is done. Good luck in the future.
How's the pain?Sintesi
Apr 9, 2002 6:01 AM
I remember when I broke mine, the first couple of days it took me an hour to get out bed and slip on some shorts. One positive thing to look forward to: when it heals the fracture will build up a huge knot of excess calcium around it thereby making much harder to break in the future. You'll be like a clavicle superman.

Speedy recovery, btw you're not a "real" cyclist until you have a broken collarbone story. ; )
As a veteran of 4 post-crash surgeries...jtolleson
Apr 9, 2002 9:04 AM
I'm in the midst of rehab myself and can I just say that there is a sick pleasure in coming back from the dead? I find it empowering and motivating to be getting my body back.

Starting all over has a kid-in-a-candy-store quality once you overcome the initial feeling of set back/discouragement.

Rock on!
As a veteran of 4 post-crash surgeries...rtolle
Apr 9, 2002 11:05 AM
Any tips on training after coming back from surgery? Recommended workouts, etc.

As a veteran of 4 post-crash surgeries...jtolleson
Apr 9, 2002 11:23 AM
Key for me was finding a physical therapist who is also a cyclist. I got some specific exercises to help bring my calf back (esp. lots of calf raises).

I've never been much of a weight lifter, but I lost so much core strength I combined both weight training and fitball class with spinning, and that helped a LOT. Lower reps and more back stuff.
Thanks for the infortolle
Apr 9, 2002 2:12 PM