Back in January I crashed at Windrock and broke two metacarpals. Well, to call it a crash is a bit overkill. It was kind of greasy as would be expect for January at the Rock and I was on my second run down Snakerock. I got a little off line and out of time going through the fat rock garden before the powerline cut. I got pushed to the left and into a rock wall. My fingers got caught against the rock and pulled off the bars. I fell off the bike, but hoped right back up and restarted. It quickly became apparent that something wasn’t right. Holding my body weight up off the bars was really getting high. I started to let other by me as I limped down the rest if the hill. By the time I got to the bottom I knew it was broken.
I had grand plans to lay waste to the enduro field this year and was starting to ramp up my training. I really had the goal of winning an overall stage this year. TTC was my best bet, given my skillset, and it was 8 weeks out from injury. The denial was funny now looking back on it. I was in the hard cast for 2 weeks followed by a splint for another 3. The doc said I was lucky in that most of the hand injuries require surgery to get everything realigned. Which is funny because I rode down the some of the gnarliest mountain biking trails in the country with 2 broken hand bones and it still had good alignment. Something was in my favor.
To stave off the madness I tried my feet at running. Needless-to-say, once I was able to ride again, I haven’t run again. Hate that I spent $40 on running shoes.
At 5 weeks the doc said everything was good for a return to biking. However I couldn’t see a visual difference between the 2 week and 5 week X-rays. I guess that is why he is the doctor. His advice was to slowly ramp up over the next 3 weeks avoiding any major crashes or impacts to the hand.
Now at 9 weeks, I have returned to full force riding whatever I want. DH, DJ, etc. I would say that my confidence to take larger risks while DJing is still reduced. It just seems more likely to stick a hand out during a crash.