My life changed forever when my brother John got injured back in the early 90's. You can not even begin to imagine the pain in my heart having to watch him try so hard to gain strength and to live life as a Quad. He lost that battle in 2008. I of course felt loss but part of me was thankful that his misery was over.
My latest injury was something I have been dealing with for over a year. After my knee surgery in April it steadily got worse. I tried to just ride through it like I have always done but I finally went to see a specialist. After a MRI with contrast dye, the problem was found - a Labral Tear and some bone spurs. After a lot of research and talking with my doctor I elected to try PT and limiting my activity - basically no hard impact activities like running and no cyclocross last year either.
The past 2 months I have gone through extensive rehab to see if I can avoid surgery and so far so good. It appears that if I live a moderately active life and avoid strenuous activity I might be able to live a pain free life. That means no more racing, no more standing on the top the podium.