In early September, Michigan racer Mike Simonson was badly injured in a scary crash at the Shenandoah 100. Broken vertebrae and a large gash in his neck left the Simonster in the hospital for days after the race.
After 5 weeks we checked in with Simonson, now rehabing back home in Michigan, to see how he is recovering from his extensive injuries.
Read Mike's update below.
recovery is going very well. I can't believe how quickly I've been able to
heal. I had 4 fractures in my vertebrae and one hell of a gouge on my
neck. There was quite a bit of ligament damage as well, which was causing most
of the pain.
came home from the hospital and took 2 weeks off work. Of course, I got pretty
antsy just sitting around so I started going on hikes with Buddy. The
muscles around the neck would eventually get sore though and I could only
push it so far. I wasn't prescribed any sort of treatment other
than to rest and keep the neck brace on.
about 2 weeks, the pain had subsided quite a bit and I started going back to
work. In the winter time my buddies and I at work run stairs for
cross training. There's a 6-story parking garage on the base and we race each
other up and down. We call it "stair club." Kinda like fight
club, but we race each other on stairs instead of beating the crap out of each
other. The guys in the office love it. Since I assumed my season was
over, the guys thought it was a good idea to start stair club early.
walk them a couple times I thought." But once we got over there, the
Simonster in me came out and before I knew it, we were full on sprinting each
other! This has been going on for about a month now and the soreness in my legs
is finally starting to go away.
weekend I decided I'd had enough. My wife Mitch left for work, and I
decided I was going for a bike ride outside. The weather was beautiful here in
Michigan and I couldn't resist, knowing the snow is on it's way.
again, as soon as I started cranking on the pedals, I just wanted to go
faster. Halfway into the ride I found myself doing Vo2Max
intervals and hill sprints. I came home with a very sore neck and
paid the price the rest of the day. Mitch had no idea what I was up to. I
met with the orthopedic surgeon last Monday and came out of there will a clean
bill of health.
is looking great and the pain is very minimal. I've been on the bike a few more
times and things are really starting to loosen up. There's a race this
weekend up north put on by endomanpromotions.com called Peak 2 Peak. It's a
fast 30-mile race with a huge nasty climb at the end of the lap. I've
won the race twice... perhaps my season isn't over yet! We'll keep you updated