This past weekend I did some good riding. On Saturday did about 36 miles but pretty flat. I rode at a pretty good pace, my best yet (15.1 mph average). The organizer of the group I ride with invited me to do the hilly Palos Verdes Loop with her. We got to the Trump gold course in PV at about the 20 mile mark. Between the riding the day before and the hills and miles on Sunday, I admit my legs were a tad tired. I was hydrating with both H2O and NUUN enhanced H20, plus Powerbar Energy Blasts and Welch's fruit snacks during the ride.
At the golf course, I fell over twice. Once in the parking lot because I was going too slow and tried to do too tight a turn to turn around...and went down. No biggie, more embarassing than anything.
So we eat a bit and hydrate, then decide to take off. I mentioned something sounded funny on my bike but wasn't sure if I was just hearing things. We go up the hill to get to the parking area from where the restroom is....and go to turn left off the path to the parking area and BAM! I go down. I don't know what happened. This time the bike got scratched up pretty good...and I got some road rash on my left shin and a bruise on my left hip.
The chain came off the crank at some point (LBS said it was not the reason I fell....I'm not so sure as I had heard an odd noise before and after we got the chain back on and inspected the bike...I heard no more odd noises the rest of the ride...Hmmmmm) We finished the rest of the ride (about 32 miles total for Sunday...with lots of climbing for me).
Here is the bike: (I felt for cracks in the frame immediately and did a visual....) Don't feel a crack and will have my dealer do a more thorough check before I go riding again, but I think it is OK, just looks terrible. I was nearly in tears.