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My first crash (sigh)(6 posts)

My first crash (sigh)Rob March
Aug 13, 2002 2:58 PM
Well, Sunday, I was 20 miles into a 40 mile ride when I hit pavement the wrong way. I was on a feeder road near Lake Casitas in Ojai, CA, riding about 1 ft from the edge of the asphalt. The asphalt was in excellent condition, but no lines were painted. The shoulder had about a 1" dropoff into the dirt. So, I was tooling (at about 15 mph) along on my (c. 1992 Univega) hybrid (first road bike on order - thankfully!) when an RV comes lumbering along the other way. Asit is passing me, a VW Golf slips between us, clearing me by less than a foot. I grumble to myself about the distance, and no sooner do I say that to myself, then I slip of the road and my tires just sweep to the right, with me landing on my left hand. The bike doesn't look too damaged (haven't really spent much time with it yet), but my wrist is at least sprained. I am going to the doctor tomorrow to get a second opinion, in case there is something else I need to do than the RICE treatment I had been giving myself.

Sorry, I'm just griping. But I figured you folks here would understand. I've pretty much admitted that the crash was my fault. I think I basically got spooked because of the car, and drifted on my own. Still a bit of a bummer.

Rob

P.S. I hope I recover soon enough to continue riding regularly. I may have to start using the exercise bikes at work for a while.
re: ... it musta been something about "Sunday"...Akirasho
Aug 13, 2002 3:21 PM
... while not my first... it's been the first in a while... and the first in years to give me this bad a case of RR.

http://forums.bicycling.com/bic/thread.jsp?forum=8&thread=11567

... at least my shorts held up and I'm not picking asphalt out of my thigh (course, changing these bandages is gross enuff)...

It's often not a bad idea to get a professional opinion... if symptoms linger... hopefully it's just a strain... or minor sprain and you'll be back in no time.

I think all of us have drifted a bit from time to time... sometimes we recover with the expertise of an Euro Pro... sometimes we crash... with the expertise of an Euro Pro...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: My first crash (sigh)koala
Aug 13, 2002 6:02 PM
Glad to hear your OK. Its always a wake up call when you hit the deck. You start to be more aware again and thats self preservation. Again, glad to hear you both are OK. Get back on the horse.
Get some x-rays to be surebrider
Aug 14, 2002 8:52 AM
Did you hyperextend your hand? I did that on a huniting trip last fall -- walking down a steep hill and slid out, hand went back and took ALL my weight, bending it WAY back. Wasn't sure I hadn't done some REAL damage at the time, maybe a fracture. That was Saturday. The next Tuesday it wasn't feeling any better, so I got myself to the local doc. Aparently there's a bone deep inside the wrist that, when boken, doesn't cause the normal swelling, but gives identical symptoms, and doesn't heal quickly at all. They did some x-rays to rule that out (fortunately is wasn't fractured). All I had to do wsa wear a sports brace for about 6 weeks and it cleared up. It was still a little tender for a while when doing things like bench press, and I had to modify my grip for squats. Now it's totally clear.

Worth checking into.
Get some x-rays to be sureRob March
Aug 15, 2002 7:16 AM
I had the x-rays, and one of my wrist bones is fractured. I'll be in a cast for 3-6 weeks. Now I need to figure out how to keep pedaling at home, so that I don't lose all of the muscles I've gained of late.
Get some x-rays to be surebrider
Aug 15, 2002 8:16 AM
Davis Phinney had a cast that was made to accomodate his brake levers when he broke his wrist years ago (he was in Seattle for a promo). Maybe you could bring your bike into the doc and have your cast made to accomodate?

As for riding at home -- stationary trainer is the way to go.