I had a great time in St. Louis last week, as I got to visit friends and family and enjoy a different training enviroment. Unfortunately, I was in a bit of pain from the crash and I figured after a few days, my ribs would begin to feel better. By Friday, my ribs were feeling worse after training, especially swimming, and I began to question if something more serious had happened in the crash.
I returned back to Colorado on Monday and went into Sports Med on Tuesday morning to have an evaluation completed. Not to my surprise, I have two fractured ribs (rib just below my chest and a rib just below my collar bone). I believe that when I went down in Hamburg, the handle bars jabbed me and this is what has lead to my fractures---or it could have been the pavement. The rib below my chest has not been bothering me too much, but the rib just below my colar bone has been a BEAR----especially swimming. I have been able to keep up with training running/cylcing, but swimming has had to take a back seat for the time being.
Right now is the middle of race season and all is going well, so I am just going to train through it...good news is that I won't cause any more injury by swimming/biking/running, but may just prolong the healing process.
I have just over two weeks until I race in Yokohoma, Japan, so my ribs should be feeling better by then, although it will take six weeks for the fractures to heal.
Good news is that my leg is feeling great, so I am fully confident that my surgery in Feb. was a success.
Overcoming and dealing with injuries is another part of the sport and at least have to look at the bright side and take a couple of broken ribs over a broken arm or leg!