Separating my collar bone while mountain biking was not the best thing I could have done with the 2013 World Superbikes season coming to the end and me sitting in a good position in the standings.
I didn’t want to have surgery because that would have ended my season there and then.
So I was lucky that Julie helped me out and worked with me on a regular basis so that I could make it through until the end of the season, where I eventually finished third in the standings.
When I first had the accident, I sought advice about what I could do and some people were telling me that I should not be racing in that condition.
Julie knew how much I wanted to keep racing if at all possible and so devised a way so that we could manage the injury to keep me racing and, importantly, do the right thing.
We did an awful lot of physio work to get the area around the injury strong and enable it to start to recover. When I was riding, there was no other way I could compete than to thrash my injury. It’s not a sport where you can take things easy!
I was racing just six days after I suffered the injury, which was pretty hard work and there were five or six races to go after that.
But Julie managed it superbly. We saw a lot of each other – every day at times – and she worked very hard on it.
The care she gave me to manage such a big injury was outstanding and she put me in a pace where I could give myself the best chance of doing the best I could.
She saved my season – I had my operation when it was finished – and I will always be grateful for that.