Ever since I took up mountain biking, I expected one day I would break my bone. Almost all my experienced riding mates had their fair share of broken bones: collarbones, ribs, wrists, fingers, ankles, arms, shines, you name it. Unless you keep within your comfort zones and ride like a lame duck, accident tends to happen when you test your limit by attempting stunt that is beyond your comfort zones. Off course, we can always learn in a safe manner under qualified instructors. Even if you reached a certain level of competency, you would always want to push the boundary further. There is no end to it. On February 2nd 2013, I broke my right collarbone at Bandar Seri Alam mini DH track (Johor, Malaysia) while attempting a jump.
Refer to the above video, this is the place where I broke my collarbone. Not a difficult jump, as you could see from the video that I cleared it by squashing the jump to minimize probability of falling and speed loss. That was my 2nd attempt.
The third attempt was a disaster. I focused my line of sight at the landing point when I jump. I also intentionally leaned forward thinking that I could gain more air time, and "push" the bike further to the landing point. A silly assumption that cost a broken collarbone. Ironically, I was confident and enjoying the air time. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late to correct.
One school of thought is to push away the bike while on air. I think it really depends on situation. I might have done that if the fall was down the cliff. Well, it was easier to say than done.
The healing processing will be long and painful. Depending on the age of the rider and the depth of damage to the collarbone, typically it takes about 16 weeks to heal completely. In order to speed up the healing process, I took calcium supplement and exposed myself under the sun on a daily basis so that my body could produce vitamin D to heal the broken collarbone. Hopefully it helps to speed up the recovery process. I plan to go back to Bandar Seri Alam to whack the track again.
On my road to recovery. Last x-ray taken on 8th May 2013, about 12 weeks after surgery. I am ready to go DH ride at Buda (Batam) in Indonesia.