I have been commuting regularly this year. I have done a little over 2500km so far. Last Tuesday I had my first crash.
I was about to go up a driveway onto the footpath to get to a post office box to post a letter. I was going through a fast section of my commute home, and was doing about 40 kph, slightly downhill, and with a strong tail wind.
As I went up the driveway, I had two problems. It is a sort of narrow section with, at this time of the day, a fair few cars. I couldnt go very wide before going up the drive so I hit it at a shallow angle. I was also a little puffed and didnt lift my front wheel. And the driveway lip was higher than usual, about 4cm.
As I hit the lip the front wheel went straight along it, not up it. And over I went, hitting the ground fairly hard.
I hit on my elbow and knee. My elbow left a fair bit of skin on the footpath, as did my knee, and I have a very big bruise on my elbow.
While it still hurts, there is a bit of my that is glad I have fallen off again. I used to fall off all the time when I was a kid, but since it has been so long, I became a bit scared of it. Now I am not as scared.
I rode the next day, in the rain. I was more cautious than usual, but I was in pain. I left a bit of blood on the inside of my jacket.