My week’s holiday ended in the middle of March when I took part in the Baja 500 de Lastours with my truly fabulous Polaris RZR 900 XP, and my ‘class’ team mate, Stephane Peterhansel. We entered the 9 hour race just for fun, but somehow managed to finish 4th overall. Once back in Andorra I continued training for the first race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge.
Unfortunately, while cross country skiing last week, I fell heavily on my right shoulder and damaged some ligaments. I got it checked out at Presport down in Perpignan this week and I will go back again shortly. For now though no riding for 3 weeks, just lots of physiotherapy. The good news is that with the great medical back up I have, I should be able to make a full recovery without the need for an operation.
Injuries like this are part of the package of competing in any sport and I suppose overall I have been lucky to have stayed so injury-free. I also know from experience how important it is not to rush these things and to make sure you are properly fit before returning to competition. It is nevertheless frustrating to miss the first race of 2012 and be forced to follow my team mate Ruben Faria’s progress, aboard my bike, from the comfort of my sofa!
I’ll be sure to let you know how physiotherapy sessions progress!
All the best