On April 5, 2009, I broke my arm in a very bad mountain bike crash. Compound fracture that was very dirty and I lost significant amounts of soft tissue and bone. Been in a cast almost three months now and am happy to say that my radius has healed, but my ulna still has a 1/4" gap to bridge and has now been declared a nonunion by my surgeon. Therefore, I need to go for a bone graft and spend another 2-3 months in a cast hoping it heals.
Prior to the accident I was a daily commuter and avid mountain biker. I commuted over 6000 miles last year and raced Cat 1 mountain biking. I always cited biking, specifically commuting, as one of the only ways to stay sane in southern California. Now I seem to be eating those words as I drive every day. I tried the train, but at $12/day it's not really feasible. I tried the bus, but spending 3 hours a day commuting 25 miles round trip is not feasible either. The best I've found is to carpool with coworkers whenever possible.
I am trying to stay positive; I can still hike/backpack, and the injury was only my arm when it could have been much, much worse. The reality is that, given time, I will heal and be back on the bike. But, I'm still going crazy not being able to ride! Anyway, not trying to moan or complain, just venting.