Minor mishap monday. I slipped on some wet railroad tracks. I thought I knew better.
Had minor abrasions, no problem. Washed them with soap and water at work without much pain. But today, two days later, my shoulder feels like it was wrenched so badly I have trouble moving the mouse. But that will pass.
What I've been more concerned about lately is what would have happened if I had been surrounded by a wave of traffic. I could have ended up like that lady in Boston that was crushed under a bus when she got "doored."
It's not just falling. It's falling near traffic that concerns me, especially in the rain.
Being on two wheels makes one prone to falling, unlike our four-wheeled counterparts. If we simply fall, ok...just some scrapes and bruises. If we fall into traffic--bad picture.
Solutions? I will be more careful in the rain, I will avoid debris and sand, I will be more cautious, I will be familiar with my route, I will ride on the smoothest part of the street, I will think of my own safety first instead of how I might inconvenience drivers.
I am not normally one to harp on the dangers of cycling. But an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure.
(By the way, I cracked my helmet. Better it than my skull!)