All clear!

published 2 Aug 2016 by Developer in Riders category with 0 comments

It’s been almost a month since the original blog post on my crash, and a lot has happened since then. So I thought I would provide an update on recent developments.

About 2 weeks ago now, I had my appointment with Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre’s sports cardiologist David Prior. Now, as discussed in my first post, you’ll read that there was a concern with my QT interval, and that it would elongate if I kept cycling hard and fast.

Well David was able to shed some light on this, and actually came to the conclusion that my resting QT interval wasn’t too long to be concerned about. However, suggested that I undergo a Cardiac Stress Test, to debunk the concern that it would become longer under pressure, which can lead to fainting and in some cases cardiac arrest. Ensuring my QT didn’t become elongated was of particular interest to me, as this presented another plausible reason for the crash, with longer lasting implications than a pothole; remember, I don’t remember falling.

So for almost three agonizing weeks, I waited for my Cardiac Stress Test, the definitive answer as to whether or not I can cycle, and if I can, how hard can I push? Well the results of the test were as wonderful as they possibly could be. Despite having sore legs from not doing any exercise in over a month, after running on a treadmill for 12 minutes, he was convinced that my heart is at no risk when cycling, even when pushing it.

Now with answers in hand, I can confidently, and finally get back on the bike, and get back into training for December, yay!

P.S. I’ll look great in my new shiny helmet that matches my bike! Thanks Steer North!