So I've been back for over a week now and the trip to Europe seems like it was just a dream. What a wonderful dream. I will return one day, I'd love to see more of Austria and Switzerland, particularly in the winter and France, well France at any time.
Back to reality now as I return to training and rediscover how bad my shoulder really is. What I thought was a pec injury just before Worlds now seems more likely to be a neck strain, scalene (which attaches to the first and second rib) or something else related under the collarbone. Its somewhat better after the 'rest' but bad beds ad pillows on the trip kept aggravating it.
Had my post comp review with the surgeon and now going ahead with the debridement, subscap repair and bicep tenodesis on November 29, after Leah and Andrew's wedding. Had hoped the Tenodesis would not be necessary but the Doc thinks it will be so he's scheduled it to be done and only if by miracle its not so bad he wont do it. Recovery will be long and slow, 4 weeks in a sling, followed by loads of physio. Hopefully start some strength training after 3 months and ready compete in time for Nationals in July and World Masters again in October in Canada.
Other dramatic news int he IPF is that the weight classes will change from January 1st 2011. What does t his mean? Well my recently acquired National records will be 'retired', new record standards will be created and records will start all over again. On one hand it means my record can never be broken but on the other hand the 200kg open record that I wanted next will now ave to be a new record - not quite the same.
New weight classes:
Women: up to 43 kg (Sub-Junior/Junior); 47 kg; 52 kg; 57 kg; 63 kg; 72 kg; 84 kg; +84 kg
Men: up to 53 kg (Sub-Junior/Junior); 59 kg; 66 kg; 74 kg; 83 kg; 93 kg; 105 kg; 120 kg; +120 kg
My weight class is gone and at 67kg I now have to decide whether to 'skinny up' and compete under 63kg or 'fatten up' and come in near 72kg. Realistically I'd need to be 73kg off season or 64kg for the lighter division. Either way I'm half way between which is not a good place to be and either way both custom suits are not going to be a good fit.
Probably wont make any decisions until I see what the new qualifying totals / grading scales will be.