Paweł Cieślik has been recovering well after his heart surgery, which he underwent early in the season. The rider was present at the Polish season opener in Sobótka and even though he didn’t line up at the start, he did two laps before the race, at an easy pace.
Paweł Cieślik’s heart issue was discovered during a routine medical examination in January. ASD (atrial septal defect) and PFO (patent foramen ovale) were detected and soon after the rider underwent a successful surgery.
First few days after the operation were very tough – Paweł Cieślik explains. – I spent that period mostly in bed, at home, and I wasn’t able to walk anywhere on my own. After about a month I could finally leave the house and doctors let me go for short walks. That was my way of staying in some sort of shape.
It’s been a while since the surgery. I went through one evaluation and it indicated that I’ve been recovering well and the doctors are seeing good progress. They let me get back on my bike and spin a little bit. I will spend the month of April to adjust to riding and my position. Then I will wait for a green light from the doctors, to do some more intense training sessions and eventually to return to competition.
If everything goes according to our plan, I should be back racing in early May. I don’t know exactly which event will be my comeback race yet, since I still need to talk that through with the team’s management.
I want to thank CCC Sprandi Polkowice for everything. Thanks to team’s highly qualified staff who carefully monitors riders’ health and form, we were able to detect that problem and avoid more serious issues.
I feel the support of the management, who provides me with the best care and is very patient with my recovery process. They still believe in me and motivate me to showcase myself in the second part of the season.