Did my first group ride on Sunday. A 25 miler that turned out to be a 27 miler.
Ride was going great up until about a mile from the end then near disaster.
I got clipped by another rider in the group who was wearing earbuds and never heard me say "On Your Left", I went down pretty hard. I have bad bruises on my side, on my arm, hand and my chest along with a strawberry on my knee and road rash on my right leg. Fortunately, no broken bones.
I can almost positively say that if I had not been wearing a helmet, I would either have a fractured skull or some other type of serious head injury. Made a believer out of me, big time.
I did go ahead, get back on the bike and finish the ride. There was no damage to my bike, fortunately.
I'll take about 10 days off, recuperate and get ready for my next ride.