Rehab Begins

Rehab Begins

I had a long ride from White Bird, ID down to Cascade, ID. The air quality and visibility was poor due to the forest fires which was a bummer because the scenery was breathtaking. When I arrived in Cascade, I convinced Cody to take me up on top of a mountain called Eagle Nest which looks out over Lake Cascade. From Eagle Nest it’s about a 12 mile ride back down to the parking lot on single track. Cody took some drone footage of me as I was flying down the mountainside and then took off to meet me down at the lot. I was about six miles in, ripping down a steep, sandy decent, when something hooked my front rim. I heard a loud pop as I went flying over my handlebars.

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I clip in so the force drove me directly into the ground. The pop I heard was my front rim snapping in half. That was followed by another loud pop as my body slammed into the ground. I laid there for a second, stunned by the force of the fall. Finally, I got up. My sunglasses and helmet were broken. I went to lift my bike up and had a shooting pain in my right shoulder. I realized I couldn’t raise my right arm. At this point, I began walking my bike down the mountain. I was about 5 or 6 miles out from the lot and had very little cell phone reception. I got a couple miles in and was able to make contact with Cody. He ran up the mountain and helped me haul my bike down the last couple miles.
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Once we got down we went to the Emergency Room in Cascade, ID and my fears were confirmed. I had completely shattered my right clavicle. The injury would require surgery, so that evening we began driving back home to Spearfish, SD.
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I ended up having surgery on September 11th. They put a 10″ titanium plate and 10 screws in my clavicle. I was in a sling for 8 weeks, and I just had my first physical therapy appointment on November 20th, 2017. I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike, hopefully in another month or two.
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