If you're a regular reader of my blog you will know all the gory details of what happened to me in Wyoming on 26 July this year whilst on a cycle touring holiday. If you don't then hit this link.
Last week I had the cast removed and to my relief they did not put on another one. However, the pain in my wrist was something else! And it was without any power at all. The slightest movement was agony. I was given several exercises which I have to do three times a day, and within just this past week I've managed to go from two or three reps per exercise, to 30. I am, pardon the pun, well on the road to recovery.
I am an impatient person though, and I thought that once the cast came off I would be back on my bike. Not the case. The doctor and physio at the hospital have advised at least four weeks to build up the strength in my wrist. This was of immediate concern for my fitness. It's almost six weeks since the crash and I know my fitness has mostly gone.
But I have found a solution.
I purchased what is called a turbo trainer. This is a magnetic resistance roller on a frame that you connect your own bicycle into. I can then cycle the road indoors without the risk to my wrist. I discovered after buying the kit that you cannot use a normal tyre on the rear wheel, so I have just taken delivery of a specific trainer tyre. I got to thinking that I might lose the will very quickly if I have to repeatedly change the rear tyre.
So the next solution was to buy a second hand rear wheel with a quick release, so now all I have to do is change the wheel over. A lot quicker and simpler.
To combat the boredom there are several cycle training films that I can watch projected onto my home cinema screen in the lounge and I have a wealth of music to listen to. I've been told it is intensely boring, but if it helps me recover faster then I'm ready and willing.
The spare wheel is on its way from Manchester. It was the cheapest option. I visited a local business here in Edinburgh called The Bike Station, that deals mostly with second hand bikes through donations, but I don't think I've ever met such an unfriendly and unhelpful bunch of people. I'd been told to call in today as they would probably be able to help me. Didn't quite turn out that way. These things happen I guess.
I don't have my Sky Team cycling top anymore that I used in America, but within a few weeks with my trainer I reckon I'll be able to give Bradley Wiggins a run for his money!