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I broke my elbow

Saturday, June 30, 2012

But only a little bit. (Insert joke about a little bit pregnant here)

"Oh, get clipless pedals" everyone said. "You'll be so much happier. More power, easier on legs...."

So thursday I bicycled 11 miles out to a local shop and bought shoes and pedals. Guy had me try them in parking lot and I fell over on my first try. I jammed my elbow. But I am stubborn so I just kept trying until I achieved some measure of comfort. Then I set out for home.

At first I thought it was just a bruise, but on the way home, I started feeling worse and worse. Ended up having to walk the last mile. Who knew elbows were so important to bicycling?

Under ordinary circumstances I would have just iced and waited it out, but DH just started a new job and we have insurance from the last until the end of the month, then a 30 day waiting until the new kicks in.

So, XRays late Thurs. Friday I called the dr for results 5 times! 9, 11,2,& 4:45. Finally at 6pm, I ended up going through the after hrs service to have dr paged. She ends up making good the only way she could, calling in a favor from a local orthopedist. Swelling and a teeny weeny fracture on the head of my radius. RICE and ibuprophin treatment. Should be better (full range of motion) in 2 weeks, if not go to ER. Fracture should be healed in 4-6 weeks. I am cleared to continue training as comfort allows, provided (duh) I use the stationary bike at the gym. Swimming is going to have to wait too.

So yeah, I am officially in Crazytown. I break my elbow and I still ask the Dr if I can train for a triathlon.
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    Dang it!! Those clipless pedals got me too. I understand more power, but you have to get in/out of them too!! Glad you will heal soon :)
    2125 days ago
    Ouch! I don't know what type of clipless pedals you have but your experience is pretty common. Clipless pedals have many advantages. And one huge disadvantage. There are times on my mountain bike when the g-forces glue my feet to the pedals. Sometimes, based on the angle and forces involved the pedals don't release. On my road bike I anticipate when I have to stop and click-out early.

    Good Luck.

    2125 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I'm impressed that you are doing as much as you are, under the circumstances!
    2147 days ago
    I'm so sorry about your elbow! Sounds like you've been up to a lot while I was gone, it was good to catch up.

    I need to follow your lead on several things - closet clean out and notes to myself would be at the top of that list.

    I hope your arm feels better very soon, and please don't make any more posts about what a person needs to do a triathalon. You make it not sound terrifying and I really am serious about this "I'm never going to be a runner" thing. You can't just go around making me think that sort of thing is possible for me, it isn't nice to tear down these walls I've built so well.

    I've missed you, and I'm glad to be back!
    2153 days ago
    Ouch! Hope you are back in the saddle soon!
    2153 days ago
    Oh no!! But I sorta love that you broke your elbow because I don't know anyone else who's ever broken their elbow other than ME!! I broke my left elbow when I young, and didn't even get a cast because they could only tell it had been broken by comparing the xrays at injury time with xrays a few weeks later... Best of luck healing up!!
    2154 days ago
    Holy smokes! I'm so sorry about your elbow. What a beast of a problem. Not just with training, but the whole Life thing. The Child, DH, work, laundry... Not Very Convenient.


    2155 days ago
    That sounds painful.... so sorry to hear about that. How about running? The way you hold your arms.... does that also hurt? Here is to a speedy recovery. emoticon
    2155 days ago
    Ouch!! I'm sorry for the fall and for the pain and for the fact that you have to alter your training. I know you'll find a way to make it work, but still, I know it must be frustrating. I'm glad you don't have to deal with a cast, though. And, I'm totally impressed that you were able to ride 10 miles in that condition. Talk about perseverance!
    2155 days ago
    Sorry that you got hurt. I rode with those in my triathlon and fell when I stopped to get water;). It did help a lot on hills. The problem is when you stop!
    2155 days ago
    I'm so sorry! And I suggested you try the clipless! Ah! You' are amazing, figuring out how to train with the injury. If / when you try the clips again: you can adjust how "tight" it holds you to the pedals. I've got mine set to really loose (and fallen twice now when I forget to down stroke, then swing out). Taking your advice, I got yanks laces for my bike shoes, ya know, the ones that fit the clipless pedals. They've worked out really well. Take care!! emoticon Also glad you went to get it xrayed: knowledge is power.
    2155 days ago
    I had to laugh at the last line! I remember being like that when I was younger. I played through fractures and dislocations.

    Just take it easy. Don't push it too hard. You can make it worse and/or keep it from healing. That is the last thing you want.

    2155 days ago

    So sorry about your injury and hope you heal quickly. I know if I couldn't ride my bike for a few weeks, I'd go crazy.

    Take care of that elbow!
    2156 days ago
  • DEBPRE16
    So sorry for the broken elbow - I hope it heals fast for you. Good for you not giving up your exercises!


    2156 days ago
    Oh so sorry that you got hurt. Pretend I'm sending you a huge icepack goodie. Feel better soon!
    2156 days ago
    Passionate is a resident of CrazyTown? Giiiiiiiiiiirl, we live in the same nieghbourhood!
    First, "OW!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Second, you timed this injury perfect. Hubby should hug you to make you feel better and thank you for a most considerate mishap. Seriously, awesome timing if you're gonna do your elbow in.
    Third, "OW!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Fourth, Triathlon woman - you *R*O*C*K*!


    2156 days ago
    Sorry you got hurt. You still made me smirk when you talk about still training, because it sounds like something I would do. Hope your elbow heals well.
    2156 days ago
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