i had a nasty fall early in the season, practically my first ride. I was on my Kona (road bike was being tuned up) and when i turned i slid on some gravel and fell. Needed stitches in my elbow, tetanus shot, wound was infected, antibiotics, lots of discomfort, pain and blood. Huge hematoma on my hip. Nothing really serious, my bike was fine. I was too sore and beatup to ride, then the weather was crap, then family stuff intervened and then i just figured I'd wait until i got my road bike back.
Of course I've had falls and accidents before like everyone else. I got hit by a car a few years ago, which ended the season for me (it was late october anyways). But for some reason, this time I've really had the willies since I got back on the road. I'm just not myself and it seems to have rattled my confidence. It's totally unlike me! Usually after a fall I'm back on the bike in a couple of days, or just keep going. I suppose if i raced I'd be forced to get back on the bike again. Even when I got hit by the car I didn't have this problem....except at the intersection where I was hit. It's like I don't trust myself anymore, probably because i fell when turning, which is just so stupid...it's like walking into a wall or something. I've been on rides but I still don't feel like myself...admittedly, it was one of the nastier, bloodier falls I've had.
Has this happened to anyone else? Please don't judge me and call me a weenie! How do i get back to normal???