What a day yesterday. I set off hoping to do a "metric century" (62 miles) heading north towardsds Bellingham. I finished up doing approx 43 miles "on one leg".
7 miles into the ride its cold, wet and the roads are slick. I slowly (8mph) approach a set of railway lines embedded into the road. One second Im riding the next Im on the floor - it was like lightening. I had zero opportunity to save myself and I went down HARD. Then Im on the floor, in the middle of the road, trying to unclip while lay on my side. What a mess. Two drivers stopped and asked if i was OK - one lady asked, drove away, u-turned and came back to ask again (very nice of her). I was hurt and couldnt walk without a heavy limp but like a fool, didnt want anyone involved. Then I felt it, drips off my fingers. I look at the back of my arm and its COVERED in blood and its flowing. I limped to the side of the road and used handfuls of cold, wet grass pressed against the cut to stop the bleeding. After 10 mins it stopped. So then Im thinking, well I was looking forwards to the ride so lets just see if I can peddle. At first it was painful but as my leg warmed up it was manageable. As long as I kept moving I was OK but with mounting pain on hills.
I limped along to 43 miles and called it a day as it was getting very hilly. Im all cleaned up now but I have a huge road-rash scrape down my left thigh and a bruise the size of a football. My elbow has a nice gash as wel as my knee. Im just thankful I had good gloves and shorts on as they really saved me. My leg is fully locked right now but I doubt anythings broken as I wouldnt be able to stand on it.
Ive had a few mini-crashes from not unclipping yet but for me this was a big one. Im 48 and 280lbs and thats a lot of weight to have crashing down.