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The days of frozen peas are no more!

The days of frozen peas are no more!

by Sam Twiston-Davies |  1 Dec 2017

It’s been a rather quiet week so I was thrilled to get back to Oaksey House today and do a general fitness test on the wattbike.

The test is basically three minutes where you ride as hard as you can (and I don’t really need my arm for this) and it then gives you a reading at the end. Rob Treviss, the Sports Therapist and Fitness Coach there was happy as it showed that due to the work I’ve been doing at home, I’ve kept myself ticking over and am still reasonably fit. 

I also weighed myself for the first time and fully clothed and with my cast on, I was 10 stone 6. The cast is probably about 3 lbs which means my weight is good and I’ll only have a few lbs to lose before I start race riding again. 

The team also have me a variation of core exercises to keep doing at home over the weekend before ‘D’ Day on Monday!

Then, I’m having the cast off and an x-ray and my Doctor will look at the scans and talk me through the million dollar question of ‘how long’? 

You always hope for a miracle and that he says you are good to go there and then, but you have to be sensible and get the injury healed right and hope to be as stronger, if not stronger, than before.
He’ll advise me what I can do and I’ll be straight back to Oaksey that afternoon to start my programme with both the fitness and physio teams, plus have another conversation with the nutritionist as I enter what he calls ‘Phase Two’ - bone remodelling and regenerating tissue!

I imagine I’ll be at Oaksey at least three times next week as I begin to plan my return. How the process then works is that my hospital Doctor, plus one of the Oaksey physios will need to ‘sign me off’ and then the BHA Doctor, Dr Jerry Hill, needs to approve this before I can head back to the day job.

I was at a dinner with ‘AP’ and Francome last night and what I didn’t know was that Francome retired at 31 and McCoy at 41. This just shows you how much longer we can go on these days with all these amazing things we have available to us. 

Julia Mangan, my IJF Almoner, has also arranged with the Oaksey team to have something called a ‘Game Ready’ delivered to my house on Monday. It’s basically a machine that helps reduce inflammation and swelling in post-surgery rehabilitation – and in real terms what it does is send iced water into a cuss that goes on my arm and controls the compression. The days of frozen peas are no more!

There will be more from me next week but in the meantime, catch me on ITV Racing’s The Opening Show tomorrow, which I’m really looking forward to, and do have a look at my Racing Post column tomorrow and see my Christmas jumpers (in aid of Racing Welfare) which I designed in Magaluf this summer.


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