Turns out today was a fine day to eat MTB shit. It’s been a long time since I’ve rag doll’d off a bike at speed, and I can tell ya, at 48 years old, it gets your attention real fast that’s for sure! TBH not really sure what happened — given the snapped and bent spoke, probably a branch through the front wheel — but whatever did, unlike most MTB crashes I’ve had, it came outta nowhere.
The good news:
- Mojo HD3 virtually unscathed. Front end needs a little love. Bike health IS the priority right?!
- Body for the most part OK. Almost a get outta jail free!
The less good news:
- Class 5 injury to the AC joint, requiring surgery to fix AKA your shoulder is kinda f*cked, for a while at least. Another broken collar bone would’ve been a lot more fun I’m guessing.
It turns out a nearby orthopedic surgeon specializes in an AC Joint reconstruction popular in sporting circles, where a hamstring or two is removed from your leg and then used in lieu of ligaments to bind the shoulders parts together… a DIY organic zip tie of sorts. Cool huh? Typically the procedure yields very good short and long term results.
So… surgery later this week. Fingers crossed!
Sorry to read about that Pete…advice (for what it’s worth) don’t get the graft hamstring harvest…get a second opinion.
all the best with recovery…just had five weeks off bike with cracked scapula and dislocated elbow…yep, 47 is a tough crash time!