Vintage legs and photographic losses

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Sean Kelly legs in a post race image.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Veins will tell the story about effort.

This is, in all modesty, one of the nicest images of Sean Kelly. And I took it. That moment in time was at the race in Hamilton Ontario in the late eighties. Sean Kelly and a Francesco Moser had been persuaded to Continue reading

Coming back to the bike after an injury

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dutch cyclist on the Gorge d'Ardeche

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – When in recovery, life could be worse than riding one of the most scenic rides in France, Gorge d’Ardeche.

“I had an accident recently. I was coming down a hill in the Ardennes on this 20 percent grade and and a stick went into the back wheel and my big, fat body went rolling down the hill and I ended up with a tree stopping me. I bruised some organs badly and it hurt. This is my first time out for a ride since then.  I am here on holidays and I choose this as the first ride. I am killing myself here.” Continue reading

Recovery from injury can feel like two steps back

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider at the top of the Gatineau hills

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Coming back after an injury can seem harder than doing nothing.

“I recently had a serious accident. A tib-fib fracture. They went in with a rod through the tibia, right through the inside of the bone. Screws here and here. And then a plate here and some more screws and another plate over here. I was just walking home on a flat sidewalk. The doctor was surprised because that injury is more associated with a high velocity impact. Skiing, or something like that. The bike ride is because I am finally finding legs, but it is also physio. I was told cycling and swimming are the only two sports I can partake in right now. They are both low impact sports. Recovery is anywhere from six to 24 months. But the problem I am having right now is, I get badly swollen. By this afternoon, this entire lower leg area will get swollen equally as large as my knee. And then it his just pain because of all the scar tissue in there as well. This is about my fifth ride out since the accident. My first ride up here. Even after the riding it still swells. They say it will get better over time, but I suppose time is all I have on my side right now.” Continue reading