Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Clipless Pedal risks

Can you see the fracture?
Here's a case report about a Hip fracture from a guy unable to unclip fast enough. Who hasn't this happened to?
Also, they say as far as they know that was the first case. I saw a lady with the same thing just this past Spring. She was new and went to unclip. Didn't. And broke her hip. I should have wrote it up and been the first case.

Proximal Femoral Fracture in a Man Resulting From Modern Clipless Pedals

A Case Report

James Parker; Neil Patel; Ganesh Devarajan
Posted: 08/29/2011; J Med Case Reports. 2011;5 © 2011 BioMed Central, Ltd.

Abstract Introduction The use of clipless pedals amongst recreational cyclists has become increasingly popular in recent years. We describe a hip fracture, that was sustained due to inadequate set up of such pedals. To the best of our knowledge, this has only been described once before, and this was in the non-English language medical literature.(Maybe the English know how to use the clipless pedals better?)
Case Report A 38-year-old Caucasian man who was a club cyclist sustained a displaced intracapsular fracture of the hip whilst cycling. As a direct result of the incorrect set-up (Do I hear "Lawsuit"?) of his clipless pedals he was unable to release his feet whilst slowing to a halt (In the main body of the article it said he slipped on some ice- what did he expect?). This resulted in a loss of balance and subsequent fall with a direct impact onto his left hip. The resulting fracture was managed successfully with early closed reduction and fixation. At six month review he was walking unaided without pain but, as yet, has been unable to return to cycling.
Conclusion This case highlights the dangers of clipless pedals even in experienced cyclists, and underlines the importance of proper information for their correct setup to minimise the risk of potentially serious injuries, especially in the region of the hip.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Family Cross-training

Dot, going for the single ski and powering right up.
Sunday we took a break from our soccer and biking to do something different. We headed to Rush Valley (yes there is water out there-some) for some water-skiing with some friends who take skiing as seriously as I do biking. We haven't tried water skiing for exactly 10 years and therefore, the boys haven't had a chance at all.
Joey was next, getting up right away and laying down the challenge to his older brother
Jonny, focused on getting up.
Jonny was up to the challenge
I was last. I too got up after a few attempts and did a couple runs. It's impressive how sore the lats were the next day. It was fun challenging ourselves with something new. I was pretty proud of our little studs for making it look so easy for the first time. Thanks Milford's!

Now back to biking and soccer. Both boys have a big tournament this weekend and I have the Park City Point to Point (80miles). Stay tuned.

Friday, August 26, 2011

First Night Ride of the Season

I finally tried out the new AYUP upgrades I got this spring. Carson and I headed up towards Diamond fork up past the Hot Pots. A thunderstorm passed by just before we headed up. Luckily it soaked in quite well except that the wet leaves and plants kept us nice and cool/cold. We did a little "extra" riding at the top while looking for the turn off. It's funny how things look so different in the dark. It was a good 2.5 hr night ride.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Biking and Volleyball

The Race:
The 4th UCSC 35 mile race at Corner Canyon started a little after 8 and went on for 3hr 39 minutes. Climbing Clarks (the third time) I thought, " How am I going to play Volleyball for 6 hours? The race went as well as can be expected I eased into it the first lap on the climb up Clark's then just had a great time on the down hill. As a matter of fact it's the downhill that kept me in the race. This course is near home and my training area so all the trails are very familiar to me. I felt I raced it well, giving it my all but not blowing up at the start like I usually do.

I came home and finished setting up for the V-ball party. And wow what a party it was! We a very eclectic group of folks filter in for some play time. Some were pretty impressive players and others had a great spirit. The kids seemed to have a great time between playing and swimming. I was soo energized with all the folks that came that I forgot to be tired. Once everyone left though, I crashed and was exhausted. Dot and the boys all voiced what a great time we all had. Here's some more pictures of the party.
Dot with some good form bumping
Jonny, with a flailing dive return
Joey watching Brock's diving return
We had a pretty serious thunderstorm that cooled things off and gave us a chance to rest and get some food
We went back after the thunderstorm and played into the night until we couldn't see anymore!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

FULL Saturday

Like most families our weekends can be busy. But today was really a FULL day. Here's a quick recap-

0700 Went up to Park City to meet with some team riders to pre-ride part of P2P. I got in a couple hours and a couple crashes before I headed to Jonny's tournament soccer game.

1000 Soccer tournament- Murray
Win- 11 to 0 on to the championship game at 1830
1230 - Tour of Utah downtown
Dot scored us some VIP tickets right at the start

They looked tired already

1600 Went Fishing with Joey at Spring Lake- Payson area
The big one came later
1830 Championship game
Doggy pile with couch Dot watching
Happy Champion- First place in 2-1 overtime
I must brag that Jonny scored the first point with an incredible sliding kick.

That's how to live the day to its fullest- with family.