So yesterday morning I met a friend to do a nice, slow, easy mountain bike ride - basically on a beginner trail. It was a perfect morning, overcast, cool, quiet. We had the trails to ourselves. So we had ridden out about 3 miles and in turning around and looping back, my friend and I were chatting. We approached a short downhill. Although the hill is rocky, I have ridden it 100's of times without issue. All I can remember is picking up speed, hitting something, hearing the rock bounce and vaguely knowing I was flying towards the ground. I hit left shoulder, left breast (built-in airbag), knee and then =CRACK= the left side of my helmet against some rocks . May my helmet now rest in peace!
My friend came running back. She did not see the fall but knew the bike was out of control. She commented "at least you had the sense to unclip your pedals!" UH??? I did??? Frankly I think I got tossed over the handlebars so hard, the pedals just naturally began unengaged.
When I landed, the wind got knocked out of me and I had trouble getting my breathing back. I was gasping hard and I think this scared my friend. I love this... as I was laying, head down the trail, off into the rocks, all covered with dirt and blood, now a group of riders came past (not one stopped either!!!!).
Finally I could sit up. My head was pounding (great yet another concussion!), my left knee bleeding, my chest, shoulder, back and neck aching... but nothing broken THANK GOODNESS! My bike another matter. Not certain how it happened but I yanked the rear cable wiring out of the harness. I was able to remount the bike and ride back to my car. Great another good story to tell!
Today I am really, really sore. Didn't sleep well, my head is pounding and my entire left side is sore, achy; ribs bruised. I probably should admit I am too old and too fat for this activity but I do love it so, even for all the aches and pains.
Oh well, now I have down two mountain bikes. My fully was having the wheels rebuilt and now the hardtail is missing brakes. Hopefully by the time both are fixed I can ride again! (yes I have no short term memory!!!)