Round V: Return of the Racer

“You aren’t planning on racing are you?” I was asked that question several times over the course of the weekend. Yes, I am planning on racing I said. I probably shouldn’t have been but I was. Only six weeks after braking my femur in spectacular fashion I was once again preparing to throw my leg over a bike to get out and do what I love to do. I had seen the doctor only a few days prior and was told my leg was healing well and I would be OK to ride, his exact words being “I wouldn’t recommend it but I can’t really stop you”, I was anxious to get back out there. We showed up for the Friday practice to work on Melanie’s bike setup after I test rode it and realized how terribly it had been handling all season. We went to the riders meeting in the morning, where many of the riders were both parts surprised and happy to see me back at the track. “You aren’t planning on racing are you?” asked Ken. It was then, I knew I should have left my cane in the car. I was fine for the Friday practice as I was not going to be riding. However, I would be required to be cleared by Kevin, the track side EMT, if I was going to be allowed to race. Kevin was first on scene when I broke my leg and his advice was, in my opinion, instrumental in my speedy recovery. Luckily for me Kevin, a racer himself, understands why we do what we do and didn’t...