100MoN Race Report #7: Justified-Breaking-of-the-Rules Edition

06.7.2011 | 10:00 am

201106061604.jpg In April when registration for the 100 Miles of Nowhere opened, my collarbone was, in the words of my orthopaedic surgeon, “a jigsaw puzzle.” An unpleasant side-effect of hitting the pavement at high speed. A week later, I had some very expensive titanium hardware installed. Unfortunately, it was not on my bike.

It also came with instructions not to ride anywhere for a while.

I could still ride nowhere, though. Since my surgery, I’ve ridden 721 miles on my indoor trainer.

Today I didn’t do 100 Miles of Nowhere.

I did 32 Miles of Somewhere.

In the sun, and wind.

It was better.

–Mike W.


  1. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 06.7.2011 | 10:17 am

    That’s just painful to look at!

  2. Comment by Christina | 06.7.2011 | 10:35 am

    While the injury looks painful, I love that you were able to do 32 miles of somewhere!

  3. Comment by Kristina | 06.7.2011 | 10:54 am

    This is awesome!

  4. Comment by zach in a cubicle | 06.7.2011 | 11:00 am

    That looks like an intro shot to the 6 million dollar man TV show.

  5. Comment by Maggi | 06.7.2011 | 11:36 am

    Mike W, congrats! Sounds like you had an absolutely priceless day back on the bike. Hope you are all healed up and will be able to really enjoy the bike for the rest of the summer!

  6. Comment by Liz | 06.7.2011 | 11:42 am

    Ooh, Mike, I have one of those xrays stashed away somewhere. Did they teach you in the ER the proper way to fall from now on?

    Congrats on getting out into the great outdoors! Continued speedy recovery.

  7. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.7.2011 | 11:43 am

    It’s not supposed to look like that? Guess I’ll scratch ‘Doctor’ off my Bucket List.

    Great to know you’re back out in the open skies. (We use that phrase now in No. Cal. since the skies have been opening on a regular basis). ‘Sunny California’ is soooo passe.

  8. Comment by Kevin M | 06.7.2011 | 12:18 pm

    A hall pass has been given to you, Mike. You deserve it.

  9. Comment by grizzlyadam | 06.7.2011 | 12:27 pm

    Judging from that you have metal objects in more places than than your shoulder, my friend. Respect.

  10. Comment by KT | 06.7.2011 | 1:06 pm


  11. Comment by GJ Jackie | 06.7.2011 | 4:19 pm

    AWESOME! Welcome back.

  12. Comment by lynn e | 06.7.2011 | 6:55 pm

    oh, those darn instructions. you can never understand them no matter which language they are written in.

  13. Comment by Abby | 06.7.2011 | 6:58 pm

    Hi Mike,

    7 months ago, I “mooshed” (surgeon’s word!) my left shoulder and fractured my upper left femoral head – thanks to an old lady in a Corolla who didn’t see me on my bike…

    This weekend – I’ll be riding my bike outside again for the first time!! I am jack of my trainer – and can’t wait to feel the sun & wind again, just as you did… :)

  14. Comment by BamaJim | 06.7.2011 | 8:12 pm

    Riding outside – that is indeed better.

  15. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.7.2011 | 10:43 pm

    Mike – glad you could ride outside. It IS better!

  16. Comment by Jenn | 06.8.2011 | 12:58 am

    I had my first post-crash, post-clavicle fracture ride on Thursday. I was so happy I cried. Twice. I would post my x-ray but I’m very competitive and yours makes mine look wimpy, what with the lack of necessity for hardware and all. Am I right in seeing that you broke it in more than one place? How’d you feel after your ride? I find that it doesn’t hurt at all when I’m riding, but I pay for it a little (or a lot, one day) afterward. Hope you continue to heal and, as they say, “Ride On!”

  17. Comment by Roses | 06.9.2011 | 7:48 am

    Ouch! Awesome! Such a determined cyclist.


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