Yes, I've done it again, the 9th totally preventable crash in the last two years, this one the most severe of all. I have some very nasty road rash, and my left shoulder is barely functional at all (I'm off the bike until at least wednesday). Oh yeah, I also totalled my helmet after it valiantly sacrificed itself to protect whatever dense commodity I use for a brain. (In view of the circumstances, I could understand if my helmet had decided my head wasn't worth saving).
So how did it happen you ask? Well, I'm riding through Tallebudgera Valley, and it's cold. I'm not just talking about Queensland cold either, there was actually frost on the grass! Anyway, my hands froze to the point that my thumbs couldn't shift up through the gears (I could shift down OK, and braking wasn't a problem).
I reached a crest and decided to shift up for the mini-descent to follow. When my thumb failed to function, I decided to bump the gears with the back of my hand, big mistake. At that point I lost balance at high speed and for what seemed like 5 minutes (but was probably only about 2-3 seconds) battled vailiantly and in vain to produce a save of some kind. I failed.
The thing that bugs me is that this was totally my own fault (as were the other eight). Had I been even moderately sensible and just pedalled with a higher cadence on that section and it would not have been a problem. Some better gloves would have prevented my thumbs from going numb. Come to think of it, a semi-functional brain would have probably solved both of those issues.
I am an idiot.