Race Report - David Horne:
Never give up on your dreams.
Five weeks ago on a Friday evening at around 7pm (05 June 2015) I was flying over my bike handle bars on my way to breaking my left arm. I was knocked off my bike at the end of a bike ride organised by the local school. Not great preparation for the European Triathlon Championships.A day later I was in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary having an x-ray to be told I had a double fracture of the head of my radius. That was it, I thought, game over. There would no chance of racing in Geneva. A bit of bummer as I had been focusing on this as my ‘A’ race since training started back in October 2014.
The first 7 days after the crash were very painful and sleeping was difficult. I consumed a lot of paracetamol and ibuprofen. I had very limited range of movement, maybe 10-15 degrees. But it got me out of doing the dishes.After 10 days the swelling had reduced and I managed to touch my nose for the first time since the accident - marginal gains.
Around the sametime, I visited the orthopedic consultant and had another x-ray. The doc was very happy. The bone was healing nicely and he gave me the nod to start swimming again. I couldn’t believe it.
Swimming was painful. I could do 50m or 100m but would have to stop when the pain was unbearable and my arm was throbbing. After about a week there was less pain and I started swimming faster.
I could also do running on my treadmill and one-armed cycling on my turbo.
Throughout the 5 weeks before the race, mentally I was all over the place, not knowing if I could race. Some days were really hard and depressing other days were good. I think I pulled out of the race (in my head) several times.
Fast forward to 10 July 2015, I crossed the finish line in 36th place (out of 61 in my AG). Not as good as the 8th place finish last year, but I was a happy man. Happy to make it to the start line and finish mid pack in a very competitive field. Happy to beat 25 people who didn’t have a broken arm. Happy to race for GBR again. Note: Before heading off for Geneva my Physio warned me that the arm had still not healed properly and to take it easy.
The swim was choppy and uncomfortable and I couldn’t really get into a rythym. I was nervous on the bike on the down hill sections. But my run went quite well overtaking quite a few people.