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O R L A W A L S H  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dublin, Ireland. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ Team Scott-Orwell Wheelers ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป Full-time UX/UI Designer ๐Ÿ“ฉ pedalingheroine@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‹๐ŸผSponsored by @rocasportsirl

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Wishing I was outside on my bike this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I was going to move the turbo outside to the garden to enjoy the bit of sunshine but it was actually too heavy to move with one arm #weak #fail
Going to do 1.5 hour endurance now. The shoulder is feeling good although after about 15-20 mins on the bars it starts to tighten up and hurt a wee bit. It's been 10 days since the operation so is still early days healing wise. I'm hoping to be back on the bike outside early July! I also have a brand new bike on the way so that's something to look forward to! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I'll do a proper post about the new bike when it's all sorted. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช I hope everyone's having a great weekend.

Absolute sweat fest in the @sports_med_ireland gym this evening but CHECK OUT THAT ARM! Its one week post-op and I did an easy 1.5 hour endurance ride today with both arms on the bars! ๐Ÿ‘ Sorry ironing board, you supported me well but it's time for me to move on. My heart rate was very high because of this heat wave - my pastey Irish body can't deal with anything over 20 degrees Celsius while exercising ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm also probably a little out of shape from lack of training but it's hard to admit that. Feeling good and optimistic that I'll be back on the bike outside in two weeks time..or sooner! I felt stupid putting the sling back on after my session but it's surgeons orders to keep it on until I see her again 6th of July ๐Ÿ˜‘
To all of you who are currently injured I hope you're recovering well! To those who aren't injured I hope you're making the most of this weather and are out on your bikes!! Enjoy it because I can't. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

Day 6 post-op and the selfie arm is attempting to make a comeback! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I had physio today at @sports_med_ireland with Mark McCabe. I'll be doing some modified gym work to maintain/strengthen trunk and core area.
I can improve my hip control bilaterally with some exercises during this recovery period which will ultimately improve my power application on bike. Similarly, I started shoulder girdle strengthening on right side and this will help recovery of left via neural pathways.
I also used the watt bike and was able to place my arm onto handle bars without loading and was painfree. The plan is to rebuild endurance work Zones 1/2 this week and when I'm feeling confident add higher zone training through to 4. I'll still have to stay in the sling while off the bike to keep surgeon happy. Delighted with progress so far! ๐Ÿ‘ I got loads of messages in the past week from people who are currently injured and recovering! I would highly recommend speaking to a good physio when you're feeling up for it. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Warning: graphic content. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Too late? I finally took a look at what was under the bandage and needless to say it ain't pretty. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Day 4 post-op and everything is still looking very raw. I'll have to get used to the fact that my neck is never going to look the same again...scars are cool though right? ๐Ÿ˜Ž Very little pain now which is great. I was planning on spinning the legs out this evening on the turbo but it's so bloody hot out today I don't know if I can manage it. I've a full week of indoor training scheduled from my coach John Kenny starting tomorrow. It's going to be steady stuff to ease me back into it. I need to wait another 10 days or so before putting any pressure on the shoulder so it has to stay in the sling for training. Slow recovery process but I'll get there! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

Absolute legend gave me advise on collarbone injuries. ๐Ÿ‘ Had the privilege of chatting with Sean Kelly @seankellycycling this afternoon at the finish line of the Tour de Burren. My Dad managed to hang on to the bunch he was riding with for the last 22km averaging well over 40km/h...I would have loved to have been there on my bike too. ๐Ÿค• Maybe next time!

Throwback to the Ring of Beara sportive in Kerry last month. Looking at photos pre-injury makes me all the more determined to recover quickly and get back out on the bike (without rushing the healing process of course). It's been almost two weeks now since I crashed but it feels like an awful lot longer! I'm heading to Co. Clare today as I was meant to take part in the Tour de Burren sportive tomorrow...I'm going anyway for the banter and food. Might set up shop in a local pub while everyone else heads out on their bikes. Party of one! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿบ Feeling good today, great sleep, minimal pain and I was able to have a lovely shower this morning - appreciating the simple things ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks again for all your lovely messages. Your words of encouragement have made this whole recovery process a lot easier to deal with. It's amazing knowing so many people are rooting for me to get well. ๐Ÿ™

All pinned and stitched up! I may or may not be doped up right now but I'm feeling great and glad it's over. Happy to be on the road to recovery. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks to everyone for your messages of support pre-op. I was definitely scared but it was fine...I may feel differently in a few hours when the drugs wear off. I'll be chatting to the surgeon later about how the operation went but I gather it was all successful and no complications. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€ I'll be back on the bike in no time! ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

Back in work today to show my face before I'm out of action again post-surgery on Wednesday. I had to get public transport into town for the first time in the two years since I started cycling. I already hate the bus/train because it's always insanely packed during rush hour and takes twice as long as commuting by bike. It's even worse when you're injured and my sling didn't seem to deter people from bashing into me. There was one women standing beside me on the train who wasn't holding on to any railing. I politely informed her my collarbone was broken and to take care not to knock into me - she stared at me like I had five heads and said nothing!!โ˜น๏ธ WTF? I had to shuffle away from her into a safe corner. Not looking forward to another train ride tomorrow. I might opt to work from home. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Happy Monday everyone!

"There's a fine line between stupidity and dedication" Matt Hayman.
Hey, if Matt can win the Paris Roubaix 5 weeks after breaking his arm then that gives me hope for recovering from my broken collarbone and the rest of the season. Inspired by his use of a stepladder to rest his broken arm on, I fashioned this support system using an ironing board, stepladder and elastic cords. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It ain't pretty but it does the job allowing me to support my upper body weight more easily than one hand on the handlebars. I think it may be worthy of a @globalcyclingnetwork #gcnHack mention! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was able to get 2 hours endurance in today and feel great! Still waiting on my operation which is scheduled for Wednesday so I may as well get some base hours in before I'm out of action post op. Thanks to everyone again for your get well wishes! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™Œ

TBT to when I could tie up my own hair! I'll be looking forward to a lot of indoor training sessions for the next 6-8 weeks so I thought this photo was appropriate. My fractured collarbone will be operated on next Wednesday to bring displaced bone back into position and it will be pinned with a metal plate. Surgeon advised that it is very unlikely to heal properly without operation. ๐Ÿค•
Post op I'll be using custom workouts with @trainerroad to help me build back up my strength. The guys at @trainerroad have been kind enough to give me SIX Promo Codes for One Month free access to their training system and plans. If you donโ€™t know what TrainerRoad is - itโ€™s the software I use for all of my indoor training sessions. Luckily I find structured turbo training engaging as I'll be doing a lot more of it in the coming weeks (albeit in a sling). So, I'm going to giveaway these codes as a thank you to everyone for all your support. ๐Ÿ˜Š
If you're interested in having a months free access to @trainerroad leave a comment below explaining why you think you should have one! Iโ€™ll pick SIX people (Sunday afternoon) who have left the most persuasive, inspirational and/or hilarious comments. Thanks again for all the support and interest in my cycling endeavours and particularly to those who have told me Iโ€™ve encouraged them to be more active - love that! Hopefully I will be back in action soon!!

Having the time of my effin life. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Get ready for a few weeks of recovery related posts! I'll most likely need surgery this week and get some screws put in there to align the bone back up #bionicwoman #brokencollarbone
Check my previous post for details on idiotic crash if you missed that. Feeling okay today but I obviously can't move my selfie arm into its usual position ๐Ÿ˜‚ God help us all.

First of all, thanks for all the messages!! I'm OK - I've joined the broken collarbone club which means I'm officially a real bike racer (or just a bad bike racer ๐Ÿ˜‚). I received an overwhelming number of messages from you all and I really appreciate the concern. ๐Ÿ™
I made a rookie mistake today during a track race and stopped pedaling on a fixed gear bike after a full gas sprint - track bikes don't like that and I was promptly thrown off in summersault fashion landing hard on my left side and cracking my helmet. It could have been much worse so I'm thankful for that. Thanks to cycling Ireland coach @delahaye.snapshot for accompanying me to the hospital and for making me feel like less like a complete idiot for my mistake. And to @theswiftcyclist for patching up my wounds on site. Also, sorry to the rest of the team for traumatising you all! ๐Ÿ˜‚ The staff at the hospital were excellent and I was in and out in less than two hours. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
I'll be in recovery mode for the next while with all my sessions on the turbo while still in a sling. On the bright side though, I won the race - totally worth it ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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