I "graduated" from clavicle surgery this morning. Dr. Modabber looked at the X-ray and pronounced the bone "at least as strong as it was before the crash".
I've been feeling - and acting - that way for a bunch of weeks now, but it was still good to hear from the doctor. The spot of the fracture is pretty much impossible to miss (but I added the arrow just in case!). It looks like there are some gaps in the bone, but Dr. Modabber said it's pretty well fused.
Also, today I'm starting an eight-week training plan for the Catalina Eco Marathon on November 12. No, eight weeks isn't really enough time to properly train for a marathon. And no, I don't really have the run fitness currently to "fake it". So, I'm gonna try to find a smart mix of getting enough miles under my feet without doing too much too quickly. In other words, I'm going to try to train "smart". This is the third year in a row that I've signed up for the race. In 2009, achilles tendinitis took me out, and last year, I had to bail because of spinal surgery. I'm sure hoping that the third time's the charm! With all that in mind, I'll start the training with a rest day!
This weekend I spent a lot of time spectating at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. I had a bunch of friends and Pablove Triathlon Team members racing both days. I tried getting a bunch of good pictures, instead I mostly ended up with blurry, poorly composed shots. This post-race one of the group of friends from college who do the race most years is one of the better ones (of course I didn't take it!)
You can see the rest of Saturday's pictures here in an album on Facebook. Hopefully I'll upload Sunday's photos to the same album tonight. Watching a triathlon is friggin' stressful - the anxiety of trying to catch multiple people come through on a bike for a split second each is exhausting!
In three years of living in LA, I'd never made it to Malibu to race or watch the triathlons.
After watching both days, I got a little more fired up for racing in general. Depending on how I work out my 2012 race schedule, I'm going to try to fit the International Distance race (Saturday) in next year. It looks like a nice course, is definitely competitive and I'm sure to know a bunch of people out there. On the other hand, the "Classic"/sprint race (Sunday) is not one I see myself doing - it seemed like there were just way too many people and it just looked like chaos, especially around the transition area.