This past week I was selling my bags at the registration check in for the the Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo (we ran out of several colors of our wildly popular “Top Tube Century Bag”). I also did this ride on Saturday and injured my left shoulder during this 104-mike event. In my six years of cycling, this is the first time I sustained an injury that required medical attention. In a nutshell, I was descending one of those narrow paved bike trails that are very curvy. (Yes I know, the reason they make those trails curvy is so cyclists don’t go too fast!) There was loose gravel and/or dirt on either side of the trail. I felt I was going too fast for the turn, so I deliberately overshot it and went onto the shoulder and dumped into the rather soft gravel on the edge of the pavement. (According to my GPS Strava download, my speed was 38 MPH. Zoom in on the satellite view at mile 85.6.) Although it hurt a bit quite a bit if I moved it, I was able to get back on the bike and finish the event.
I knew something was wrong because the left shoulder looked different from the right (there was an obvious protrusion on the left side, which was not found on my right side…need I say more?), indicating that it was either broken or possibly dislocated. After a trip to the emergency room it was determined that it was a torn AC ligament. This means essentially that I will require just a lot of rehab. My first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon indicated that with this type of grade 3 injury, that surgery may be the best long term option. But that is not necessarily the opinion of others. I am now seeking a second opinion.