Inside Track 2014: World number three Niels-Kristian Iversen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
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Injury means that I've gone from being non-stop busy to stuck on my backside at home in England.
It's frustrating but I've know I've got to rest my knee. I've got some exercises to do, but they're only for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and I only need to complete them two or three times a day. They're pretty simple too.
The first week after my crash in Poland was busy. I had so much going on seeing different doctors and figuring out what was the best plan of action. But now things are really starting to slow down. And it's not easy when you're used to being on the go all the time and flying about and racing at least three or four days a week.
When you have a day off you've still got racing to look forward to. But I haven't now. It's like it's the end of the season. But it's not because I know all of my teams are still competing and the GPs (Grand Prix) are still going on. So it is difficult and it is a bit strange if I'm honest.
I'm struggling to do minor things around the house which is a massive pain. Laura (fiancee) has been brilliant and she really helps but all I can really do is get down on the floor and have a little play with Nicole (baby daughter). I can't really do anything else. Of course the good side to this injury is that I get to spend more time with them. Yet I can't help feeling a bit down that I'm not going to be part of these big meetings for my teams like King's Lynn.
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This is such a massive part of the campaign and it sucks not to be out there trying to do my bit to help my clubs win things.
I'm just trying to sort a few things out that I haven't had time to do to keep myself occupied. I haven't been out long enough, yet, to get really bored. I guess it's funny that I haven't got time to do what I need when I'm really busy, and now I've got too much time to do nothing.
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I know I'm going to start feeling restless soon as I do every winter. I enjoy the break and then I want to get on my bike and get that adrenaline pumping. And that's going to be hard as I know I won't be able to do that for a long time this winter. I'm ok right now so we'll just have to see how far I can push that mood.
I haven't been laying in bed for ages in the mornings either as Nicole gets me up, which isn't too much of a problem. I guess it's quite funny as I sometimes moan about early flights but I know I'd love to be catching one now to go racing.
As riders we are on our own quite a lot anyway so I wouldn't say I feel left out of things. It's always frustrating to be on the sidelines as you want to be a part of it. But I've had plenty of nice texts and messages on Facebook and Twitter so I still feel like people, and team-mates and boss' at clubs, are behind me.
I've got to one meeting in Denmark as I was over there and I'm hoping to make it to Lynn to cheer on our boys with my boss Rob Lyon, pictured, when we have our first play-off match. It's nice to watch a bit of speedway as I'm already thinking about next year and being fit. I've been talking to my mechanics about my equipment already.
As for when I'll be really onto the road to recovery, I'd be lying if I said I knew. I've got to constantly keep this knee brace on, which is like a cast, for at least two months. We're monitoring whether or not I actually need surgery. But we won't know for a while. I'm not putting a date on anything so we'll just see how things progress.
- Niels-Kristian Iversen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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