I crashed hard riding gravel last summer, shattered my clavicle and tore the labrum in my shoulder socket. Long story short, I’m planning surgery to remove the plate and dirty dozen of screws used to put this Humpty Dumpty’s clavicle back together and fix or replace the shoulder socket to regain lost shoulder strength, range of motion, and reduce the lingering pain.
Given I have the opportunity to choose the date of a major surgery such as this, my question is when is the right time to build the 2-3 weeks needed to recover from the surgery into my training schedule when I probably can’t even be on the trainer and then another 4-8 weeks when I can be on the trainer but can’t ride outside, do any weight training, etc.?
I’m thinking one option is to do my end-of-season 2 weeks of rest starting around now, then my 3 Week Fall Foundation, then my 10 Week Weight Lifting and then get the surgery in early November. Two to three weeks after that, I can get on the trainer and start doing 18 wks of SS which I’d do most of on the trainer since it will be winter by then. That would keep me on my normal road season schedule
The other option would be to get the surgery now, use the 2-3 weeks of recovery from the surgery as the end of season rest time, then start the 3 Week Fall Foundation on the trainer and then do the 10 week weight training starting with 3 weeks of Adaptation.
I’m not totally sure if I’d be able to “shoulder” the weight for squats so soon after surgery so might need a 6-8 week Fall Foundation before starting the weight training. That might delay my training schedule a month or so or lose a month of base building altogether. I can do squats before the surgery using a squat bar with handles in the front.
Essentially, it becomes a question of do I interrupt my training schedule for 2-3 weeks immediately after the 10 Week Weight Lifting yet stay on schedule of delay or potentially lose a month or so of base building? Thanks