Kane says hes able
By ADAM HICKS
LYING in a hospital bed battered, scratched and stitched tenacious Lennox Head triathlete Kane Simpson started his recuperation less than a day after surgery.
"I had my first physiotherpathy session (yesterday)," he said from the orthopaedics ward at Lismore Base Hospital.
The 19-year-old was on the last stretch of a three-and-a-half-hour training ride he when crashed and became lodged under a car while coming into Lennox Head village on Tuesday.
He broke both bones in his left shin, needed four stitches in his chin and lost skin from his legs and hands.
His training partners, some of the sport's elite competitors, lifted the car, pulled him out and called doctors to the scene.
But such was the impact that Simpson remembers nothing of the incident.
"It's all a blur," he said. "I remember going riding and that's it."
He doesn't even remember waiting a day-and-a-half for surgery. Instead he is thinking about getting back into training.
"I'll be getting into rehab straight away," he said. With the help of coach Justin Drew, Simpson will begin a program of core-stability and range and motion exercises as soon as he leaves hospital.
"It's a bit of a knock back but I have to deal with it," he said. "It will affect me for a long time but (when I recover) I'll know I've got through it.
"If something major like this doesn't stop me, I'll know nothing is going to stop me."
The broken leg is expected to keep him on crutches for up to 10 weeks and is likely to cost him his spot with a professional German team next year. However, Simpson's bones snapped cleanly, which is expected to aid his recovery.
"I was supposed to be going to Europe," he said. "I'd still like to. It just depends on how the rehab goes. "I don't want to give up. That's the last thing I want to do.
"I've come too far for that. "A week or so and we'll be straight back into it." After a successful stint in Europe last season, where he finished 15th in the London Triathlon and first in an Austrian event, Simpson wanted to make his first year in the Under-23 division a rewarding one.
"I was looking to just have a successful season," he said. Despite the agony of crashing out so close to his first major season in the sport, Simpson was in positive spirits and thanked his coach and fellow riders for their help.
"If it wasn't for them I would've been stuck under the car," he said.