He’s going to Europe to race during the Holidays. He’s not going to Europe. He’s done racing. He’s not done. So what is going on with Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) who injured his leg during a crash on the second day of the USGP Derby City Cup?
“I am not going anywhere until Nationals.” Trebon told podiuminsight from his home in Bend, Oregon earlier today. He is riding again and hoping to return to racing the week before the US Cyclocross National Championships in January.
“I ended up tearing a couple of different muscles in my quad area, VMO (Vastus Medialis Obliquus), fascia tearing, which is what connects the skin to the muscle. It’s taking a while to heal. I’m able to train, I can ride as much as I want to and I actually feel good riding. My main problem now is that I can’t run at all, I can’t lift my knee up to run or anything like that. If it was a race this weekend where I didn’t have to get off the bike at all, I would strongly be considering going out there and race.”
“I still have swelling, the bruising is pretty much all gone away but my knee is still swollen. It’s more that a month out. It was a significant injury, it’s nothing horrible because it’s just soft tissue stuff but unfortunately, it’s not like when you break a wrist where you know it’s six weeks before it heals.”
Trebon is trying to do as much as possible, training-wise while still minimizing the load onto his leg. “It’s going okay, I’m getting better.” he said. “I’ve just now been able to walk well the last couple of days, before I could walk but it was uncomfortable but now I have some mobility, I was in bad shape there for a while man.”
Wearing the USGP leader’s jersey in Louisville, Trebon hit his left knee violently in a crash pre-riding the course a few hours before the race that fateful Sunday. With the series lead on the line, Trebon chose to race, swollen knee and all.
“I think that’s when I tore part of my quad when I was doing that,” Trebon said about racing that day, “because it was the worst pain in the world when I was running the barriers and up the stairs.”
His face was contorted in a grimace of pain while running the barriers. “I guess that’s the face of what it feels like when you’re tearing muscles fiber,” he laughed, “it was pretty uncomfortable. I don’t know. Should I have raced that day in Louisville? Probably not but I didn’t know what was wrong, it didn’t hurt, I could still ride. Hindsight is always 20-20 man.”
Now it’s a question of time for Trebon who is going to physical therapy. “They just do whatever physical therapists do to help you you going, monitoring your progress. It’s coming along pretty good. I feel vastly better this week than I did last week, that’s for sure. I rode yesterday for three and a half hours, I could ride pretty hard, I just have to get that range of motion back, it’s still pretty tight, for me to bend my knee past 90º is still uncomfortable.”
Obviously, it’s not the first injury for the 30-year racer but it is the first time that he has suffered an injury of this type. “I’ve broken my wrist before, and I’ve had knee surgery before and I’ve had lots of weird physical problems, like neuro-muscular stuff from being tall and goofy. I’m used to being injured and dealing with that stuff, it’s just most of the time it’s not this kind of thing, I’ve never torn any kind of muscle, it’s frustrating.”
Trebon admits that the injury has sometimes been tough mentally. “I had one day last week… it’s the thing, you start to improving and then you stop improving and you plateau. why am I not getting any better? Because you want to see constant improvement every day. There were a couple of days where things were not improving and not getting better. It’s just frustrating, it’s not like it’s been just one week, it’s been multiple weeks.”
It is what it is as he is fond of saying. “I go up and down on it, some days I’m pretty bummed out and some days I’m just like whatever, it is what it is. I can’t do anything else about it.”
But things seem to be getting better now for Trebon who sounded upbeat during our conversation. “I’m pretty optimistic about the racing coming up because for me if I can get on my bike, I can ride and feel good and that really helps out my mental state. I was talking to my coach and my physical therapist and they were like ‘we only want you to ride like an hour and a half or two hours a day’ and I was like ‘no way man, there’s no way I can only ride for two hours a day, I’d be on my couch all day. Two hours is nothing. For me I need to be riding three to four hours minimum and then I just feel good. I did whatever I wanted and I was out riding three hours anyway.” he laughed.
After another laugh, Trebon continued, “I can either ride an hour and a half a day and be miserable about it or I can go out there, risk it a little bit and ride three hours and feel good about myself.”
Obviously, that means that he will have to miss the finale two races of the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend this weekend.
“Shit happens.” Trebon commented. “It’s here, all my friends are here, it would have been nice but at the end of the day, it’s just one weekend. We’ve had a lot of good racing this year already, there’s a lot more to go and I feel really good. I’m ready to start racing again in January.”
But that means that he can join in the party during the race and enjoy a beer or two. “Totally man. I got nothing to get ready for.” Trebon laughed. There is a possibility that he will a possibility that he join in as a commentator for the live stream on cyclingdirt.
After some training in California, Trebon hopes to race the Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year’s Resolution races before Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin. And then Europe.
“My ticket to Europe for the last two World Cups. I leave the monday after Nationals to go over there. Right now, I’m planning on doing the last two World Cups, Worlds and then the weekend after Worlds, there’s a race in Lille. We’ll see.”
“I might stay there more but I also got offered to do a race in Central America, so I might go do that, we’ll see.” Trebon continued with a laugh. “I’ve been looking into it would be nice, it would be sunny, hot, it would be perfect.”