Sunday, November 25, 2007
a season to forget
Mercifully, there are only two more weekends left in this season. I normally dread the arrival of the last race of the year but between injuries and mechanical issues this season has been one to forget. Here's my Sterling report...
I've raced Sterling 4 times now and it is always fast, always frozen and always a great event. The night before I put in a good effort on the trainer to open up the legs and was ready for the race, new tires and all. CJ was alongside cheering... man do I love that little kid.
Two laps around the track (1 3/4 as Perham pointed out) and then up the run up. Between the left and right at the base of the run I'm riding towards Pascal Bussier (I think) who has hit the deck so I touch the brakes. My front wheel instantly dissappears out from under me to the left on the frozen ground and I go down hard. I'm "that guy" and the pile up starts, I could even hear Fries commenting on the carnage. The bike is clearly messed up and so is my left hand so I run to the top to assess the damage. Wheel is cockeyed in the fork: fixed. Bars are listing about 45 degrees to the left, anyone here watching have a wrench? Nope. My left thumb is killing me. The last of the field rides past and the lst guy says "at least I'm not last" in reference to me standing there like a dope.
I roll around the course watching the race ride away and asking everyone for a wrench. I stop at the Keogh's trailer, no luck. "Wait!" a 10 year old dissappears into the trailer and I wait a few seconds before he emerges with a huge monkey wrench. I should have been more specific. Roll up the pavement and Zank asks "What happened" and "Is the bike ok?" like any good parent would. At the pit Mark executes a perfect bar realignment (thanks) and I'm off. I think briefly about dropping out and trying again in the 2/3 race that is nexy, but my thumb tells me that I should take advantage of the natural pain masking powers of adrenelin and race now.
I chase and pull back a dozen and half guys I guess, I wasn't counting. CJ was cheering hard each time around, man I love that kid. Too bad they didn't have a kids race as they have in the past, he was ready to crush some souls. I took 42nd, went to a friends apres-party and had some fantastic lasagna, then went to the hospital where they showed me how unstable my left ulnar collateral ligament really was. No fracture, splint on for 4-6 weeks and see an ortho. Thanks to my history of illness, I don't just know a few orthos, I know a few hand specialists and will probably go with Ed Caulkins. He's a nice guy & leaves minimal surgical scars.
I'll probably race Portland and the last RI weekend, and if so I will race them hard, but I'm looking forward to the start of the offseason so I can heal completely (ankle still isn't 100%) and prepare for next year.