Lauren Hall

Professional cyclist from the state of Mississippi

Long overdue but here I am

We all know I’m not the best at keeping a timely blog and yes I was behind when the accident happened and now I’m REALLY behind.  

So what happened?

I was so looking forward to the next block of racing, 3 weeks of some great opportunities for my team and myself - Winston Salem road race, NorthStar Grand Prix and national championships, all suited for our group.  I was fit, happy, spent some quality time and training at home in Colorado and off we went.  It was in the Winston Salem road race that I was run off the road into a 2ft tall metal fence.  I stopped all of my momentum with my upper body - both hands, arms, shoulders and ribs.  I came to a stop still attached to my bike, facing the peloton coming at me.  Thank goodness no one else ran into me but I wasn’t going anywhere fast.  I could only feel the pain in my neck and both hands and it was only after I was in the ambulance did some of my injuries come forward. 

I had a good setup at my brother's house - fan, music, table, good view and of course GREAT company a couple of times. 

I actually think I got off lucky, only a dislocated thumb, a shoulder sprain and some stitches in my knee.  These injuries aren’t that bad in the big scheme of things but they do require a bit of time off the bike to heal and then a slow process of getting back on the bike and figuring out what is manageable.  I had to get range of motion back in my knee, had to support myself on my shoulder and deal with a cast on my hand.  Slowly, on a stationary bike, I started pedaling again, a bit more each day with some setbacks.  Then the stitches could be removed, next I had to deal with the thumb/cast and how to successfully ride the bike on the trainer with that combination.  

Finally after 3 weeks or so, the cast came off, I was given a splint for my thumb and allowed to go back at it.  That same day Rachel and I booked my ticket to Europe to race, it’s like letting a bird dog off the leash - they just go zero to full gas, how else would you do it?! 

In Europe we mostly stay in hotels, so most of the team vehicles are equipped with washers,  There are two rows of seats, storage behind the seats and open cargo space in the very back for bikes and equipment.

Wifi in most hotels aren't that great so if we have a chance we will seek out a cafe for some Internet and a coffee. 

We’ve raced in the Czech Republic last week and now we are in Germany.  The race in Czech was in Kransa Lipa and even though my thumb hurt like hell, I had such a blast being back on the road with the girls.  Plus we won and that race gives out a lot of great prizes, I hope we can get most of them home.  

Game faces - Tayler and Ruth. 

This was the last day and we had so many trophies and flowers, we decided to give them to the local kids and flowers to the moms. 

Team car and van...

So that’s the last 5 weeks in a nutshell.  Coming up after Thuringen(Germany), we fly home and I’ll have some time back home in Cortez before heading to Colorado Springs to race the Women’s Tour of Colorado.  

Our hotel in Germany was in this sweet, tucked away spot.  Ruth spotted the raspberries so we had an afternoon of picking. 

Success! 

When in Germany, gotta get the sausage! Most of our races start at city centers like this and there is usually a festival type atmosphere - food, drinks, music, fun for the kids... 

Outside of our hotel, it was just really cute. 

It may not all be glamorous but we sure do know how to have some fun and get a couple of laughs. 

Reading: On the Burning Edge by Kyle Dickman

Watching: some of the Tour de France

Listening: Up All Night, Widespread Panic

Eating: snacks, all the snacks - my body is back in ‘go mode’ so I’m hungry all the time!

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