Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Update on Mike

If you follow me on twitter or like my blog's Facebook page then I'm sure you already know that Mike is doing a lot better since his crash a little over a week ago.

He got his stitches out yesterday in the afternoon and while it is still healing and he has to be careful everything looks good.  The inside of his mouth is the sorest part of his injury right now and it will probably take a little while to heal even after the stitches dissolve.  We don't really know how the fracture is healing, since they didn't do anything for it, but I'm assuming everything is going fine with that as well.

His road rash on his face, neck, and arm has started to heal and while he will have some scars, it's mostly just going to be a story to tell.  He did start to get some bruising a few days after the crash, but that was to be expected.

Now, I'm sure you are all wondering if he is planning on doing Musselman 70.3 in a week and a half.  The answer is, yes he is going to race.  While he was at the doctor getting his stitches out, he asked about swimming again and he was told he could swim in a week.  Even though he was planning on racing before he was told this, that was great news. We will still take every precaution to make sure that he doesn't get an infection during the swim leg.

He has also been out on a run twice now, first he did 3 miles alone on Monday and yesterday we went out for our first run (6 miles) together since his crash.

We also went to go pickup his bike from the bike shop, while it didn't look like there was any damage to it (other than the blood on the saddle) we wanted to have it checked out just to be safe.  Luckily, the bike was fine and he was happy to have it back!

 The bike still needs a name

This experience was something that I have dreaded going through since we started riding, even though I know it is a risk that we take on as triathletes. I've told a few people this but I knew that Mike had gotten into an accident before I even saw him on the ground, as soon as I saw the flashing lights I knew. Mike and I have an amazing connection and to see someone that I love and care about hurt was hard for me. It was hard for me thinking that he might not be able to race, but I was going to support him no matter what and I always will.

Mike is strong, determined and one hell of a triathlete, nothing will change that ever.

This experience showed me who we can count on when things get tough. We have an amazing support system, friends who are like my family that offered to help in any way that they could truly amazed me. Crystal was up "with" me while I was at the hospital with Mike until 1am, and she tried to take my mind off of what was going on. Amber made Mike soft foods to eat when we went over there for dinner a couple of times after the crash. Friends offered to run and ride long with me while Mike was briefly out of commission so that I wouldn't be alone.

These are the people that I need and want in my life. It's taken some time for me to find these people, but now that I have I never want to let them go. As I've said, they are stuck with us for life.

Thank you for all of your kind words to me and Mike, in person or online. It truly meant a lot to us. Now that he is "healed" we aren't going to dwell on it anymore and we are going to get right back out there and continue doing what we do, train for life.


  1. Hi, I am a pretty new follower of your blog and I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you and Mike. I having been riding for a little over a year now and I think about things like that everytime I go out on my bike. I have to keep reminding myself that I can never be too careful! (I get impatient sometimes!) Thanks for telling yours and his stories. It reminded me to continue to be careful when out on my bike!

    1. Thanks Britton! Definitely continue to be careful, but don't be scared! :)

  2. I think of you guys a lot now when I'm out riding. I've hit a few patches where there are lots of stones in the road or a narrow shoulder with cars flying by me....and get nervous about crashing.

    Glad to hear he is doing much better. Great news he can do the race still!

  3. Glad to hear that he is on the mend and can compete at the 70.3!

  4. So glad he's feeling better!! :)

  5. Wow. Quite a story. So glad he is on the mend and will be able to participate in his tri.

  6. So glad to hear he is doing better, and I know I've said it about 5 billion times but I love reading about your connection as a couple and athletes. So amazing that you two have each other, and he is lucky to have such a caring lady looking after him my friend!

  7. Whew, glad to hear Mike is doing OK! And t-minus 10 days until the big 70.3--ekkk! :D

  8. So glad to hear that your hubby is on the mend! It's so scary when someone you love gets hurt! Sending good thoughts to both of you!


  9. Soooo relieved that Mike is healing!!! And he can still do the Musselman! Yay! Hugs to BOTH of you!!!

  10. I am so glad he is ok and that he can still race! You two have worked so hard for this!

  11. I am glad Mike is better now and that you both can race!

  12. I LOVE his determination and drive! I have a feeling he'll still do really well out of will power!

  13. I'm so glad Mike is feeling better enough to race!