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I’m a few days into my recovery now and bored already!  Surgery on Friday went well, my toenail was removed, the cut was cleaned out all the way down to the fracture and the nail bed was repaired.  While the surgeon was operating several cultures were taken, I received a message from him yesterday that one of the cultures was positive for a staph bacteria.  If that bacteria had gotten into the fracture it’s likely I would have eventually been down to 9 toes.  What a freak!  That is the reason why surgery was the best option! 

For now I’m banished to the couch which is a tough thing for me.  Recovery will be short, hopefully lasting only 2-3 weeks before I can be back training at full gas. 

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The Unexpected 

Well, it’s been an interesting start of the season for me.  The day before traveling to Sweden for the start of the World Cup in Östersund, I crushed my toe underneath our rollerski treadmill in Lake Placid.  I was told it was OK to travel and that I’d likely be fine in a couple of weeks.  After a week in Sweden I’d done several training sessions, as well as the single mixed relay with a lot of pain in my toe.  I decided there was no progress being made and stopped by the the hospital in Östersund for an x-ray on Wednesday.  It turns out I have a fracture in my toe! Also it’s  a good probability of an open fracture, which can be quite bad.  I spent Thursday flying back to New York, where I’m scheduled to have surgery this morning.  Hopefully surgery and recovery will go well and I’ll be back in the mix soon!  

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Its a nice little Saturday evening here in Norway! The team has been here in Sjusoen, outside Lillehammer, since last Monday getting in some early season training on snow! While relaxing by the fire, I’m getting ready for a big matchup tomorrow! Now, you might think I’m talking about biathlon, yes I am doing the first biathlon race of the year tomorrow, but thats not nearly as important as my fantasy football game against Tim. It will be a tough matchup, though I’m sure Tim will scoff at this, but its about time someone took him down from the top!Ok ok, so yes there is also a biathlon race tomorrow… Lowell and I are competing in a test race run by the German team here in Sjusoen. The Germans are using the race to select their World cup and IBU cup teams for the races next week, Lowell and I however are just using the opportunity to do a hard workout and see what improvements we can still make before next weeks opener in Ostersund!

I’ll hopefully make a post in the next few days with a followup on the race, as well as hopefully a few pictures!

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