Here I set bleeding and sypmathizing little more for those who relate their crash experiences here. I took off from the house this morning after a three week lay off. Some on here have related as to how the first ride after a lay off period has them feeling suprisingly strong, and that how I felt.
I am cursed with a bit of a competitive spirit and I like to best previous rides. Not everytime of coarse, but I do tend to push a little if I sense a personal best. Somtimes I do a 22 mile loop from my house and that is what I did today. The last half mile to my house is an open road, no houses or side streets.
As usual in Kansas at least half your ride is with a wind and half against it. Today the first half was with the wind and I had to push a pretty good breeze on the return loop. But like I said, I felt suprisingly strong. I was crushing that last half mile.
Evidently my front tire was leaking and I had not felt it yet. My driveway has an asphalt approach and the last peek at my speedometer before I leaned into the turn showed 16 mph. Funny what flashes through your mind in the middle of a crash. I used to race moto-cross for a number of years and had my share of ungraceful dismounts. Seems like all of them had vividly clear weird thoughts as they were happening.
Anyway after a 22 mile ride as I leaned into the last turn into the driveway I felt the front end wash out. Down I went hard on my right side and felt myself bounce. I think pain does hurt more than it used to. I sat there stunned for a minute trying to determine just what did hurt and what didn't. For some reason my left pinky finger and left thumb are shredded. My right calf has a deluxe road rash. My right shoulder is sore. I don't look forward to tomorrow. The first thing I thought of was to check the front tire and confirm what I suspected, that it gone down. It had.
Ok, confession time. I believe in, and wear helmets. I didn't today. I did feel my head contact the asphalt approach during impact. It was a very gentle bump. It doesn't hurt now and the cap I was wearing doesn't even have a dirty spot. But if my head hit as hard as my shoulder did things may have been worse. It only take one ride with out---------enough said.
So now I wonder two thing. Do chicks still dig scars? And should I go buy myself a better set of tires.
Thanks for letting me bleed.