Inside Track 2013: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
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It's been a long time but now I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of making a comeback.
I've had quite a few crashes this season, but the last one on May 24 (broken shoulder blade and vertebrae) has left me sidelined ever since. However, this week I got back on a bike and started practising. I got my first laps in for about six weeks in Outrup, Denmark, on Monday. I thought it was going to be easier than it was. I'm definitely far from race fit. But I'm hoping to get in more practice laps this week for sure.
I tried to ride without painkillers, which probably wasn't the best idea. While I wasn't out of breath riding, or in too much discomfort, I was in real pain from the vibrations when I made starts or the bike lifted.
It just felt pretty awesome to be back on a bike though, besides the pain. I had a bit of a play-around and I didn't go too crazy either. It felt like the beginning of a new season – as if I was at press and practice. I tried out a new engine as well, although I didn't push it – or myself – to 100pc.
I know for sure now that when I get back on the bike, until my injuries have healed properly, I'll be dosing myself up with painkillers to make it a far easier, and enjoyable, experience.
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As it stands, I'll be making my competitive return for Outrup on Friday. I suppose we'll know more then about how the damage has healed. And that's good news for King's Lynn because after Steady's (Simon Stead) injuries (broken leg and ankle) I'm probably being missed more than ever. I can come straight back into the side now in his place.
My aim is to be back on Friday July 12 for the derby at Peterborough. I really hope I can make it. We'll just have to see how this week's meeting goes before I know for sure if I can. But I've spoken to Rob Lyon (team boss) and he's keen to get me back as soon as possible.
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We need to dialled back in as a team because if we don't we will miss out on the play-offs. We've struggled with injuries and we've got a few new riders, who I haven't met. So I want to get back as quickly as I can to help out and get the team spirit back to what it was at the start of the year.
Finally, I'd just like to wish Steady a speedy recovery. He's been in the same sort of rut as me and it's really sad that he's had lots of injuries this year.
- Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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