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    Took A Stupidity Spill Today - Yeah, I Know, We've All Been There!

    This is just a rant thread, so lol excuse me.

    Was going what I call the circle today, where I drive into Rockaway, then east, then back over the Crossbay Bridge, Belt Parkway, and yada, yada, yada, when I hit a pothole and launched myself and new bike end over end and landed on my helmet (Thanks God I wear one!!) and my right shoulder and chest. A pedestrian sees it and is like, "Are you all right?"

    I said, with all honesty, "I don't know..." as I lay prone on top of my bike, or was it on top of me. For a good ten to thirty seconds, I actually had no Earthly idea. Managed to get to my feet and my shoulder felt like complete and utter crap, stiff and difficulty moving it without some very light stabilizing help from the other hand! Still incredibly stiff, and now I am nursing it like hell in the hopes I haven't actually injured the rotator cuff, since it only hurts when I start moving it, usually with Abduction.

    I may have cracked a rib, but that's just pain, so compared to the shoulder, I could care less about that. Rib fractures heal, shoulders sometimes end up needing surgery, but we shall see in he next few days, I guess! No pain when I keep the shoulder still or when I "assist" the shoulder with my other arm, so I am hopeful its just a grade I or II sprain of, I am guessing the Supraspinatus, but that one's up for grabs!

    The rant comes from the fact that this is the SECOND thread where I have to complain about my own stupidity. I was riding on the right side of the street, and honestly have been making more of an effort to do so since, even though I argued in the other thread, I really want to reduce that type of cycling.

    So here's my thing: This month seems to be "The Month Of Cycling Object Lessons, Stupid!!" for me.

    I beat the "not paying attention problem and have not had another close call like that since. I also beat another problem I didn't post about in the past few weeks, which was that I am now forcing myself to yield the right of way to insistent drivers even when they are dead wrong! This is SO UNLIKE ME, you have no idea but it is becoming me. Why? Well, you guessed it. I have been riding a lot lately, and a few close (not bad but just eye opening stuff, I guess) and I think I licked that problem.

    So why was this spill stupid?

    GLAD YOU ASKED!!

    Because I have a dorky looking, but very effective fanny pack where I keep my smart phone and some other stuff (wallet, external charger, keys, etc.). Anyway, just got a brand new heart rate monitor, which I strap to my left wrist. But I have fallen in love with MapMyRide. So now, if you have bothered to read this far (and I don't blame you if you didn't!) I had fished my Samsung out of the fanny pack and looking at the stats for a second instead of looking at the road in front of me. WHAM! Of course my bike finds the ONE stupid little pothole on the road. It was one of those holes no wider than 5 or 6 inches, but long enough for my tire to fall right into. Now when that usually happens, I grab both handlebars, brace myself, and all's fine. Worse case scenario, I get a flat, from the impact, if I can't steer off it in time. But this time, NOOOO I wasn't even looking at the ground.

    Would you believe that I am actually thinking God I god injured?? Because while I feel like a complete freaking tool for doing it, it could have been SO MUCH WORSE, like say a car was riding in the bike lane next to me and when I lost control I got run over through no fault of the motorist. (yeah the stupid pothole was in a bike lane!!) That part I blame the city for, but I still should have seen it. So I take 100% blame. But now I have come to realize that fishing out the cell phone, turning it on, and swiping the screen to see my current MapMyRide stats for the ride is about the stupidest thing I could be doing, ya know, after learning all those other object lessons this month!

    So that's three lessons I learned this month:

    1. PAY attention for other cars while changing lanes and riding.
    2. Yield the right of way even when I am right
    3. LEAVE THE FREAKING CELL PHONE ALONE or stop my bike when I want to check my stats (**EYEROLL**)

    4. If you count my newfound efforts to ride on the right side of the road.

    Seriously, I know that we cyclists get injured. It happens. But when its your own damned freaking fault, it adds a component of insult to injury (in this case literal injury!)

    Oh, the bike? It has three battle scars, but nothing major. It seems that I took most of the damage lol: The right brake lever on the handlebar is all scuffed up. The right SRAM paddle-shifter has the paint all scraped off. The Brake assembly on the right handlebar moved an inch to the left (but I was able to force it back), and the foam on the right handlebar is all chewed up. But I am going to get all that fixed on Sunday and have Glen from Piermont give it the once over in case I damaged anything I didn't see 'cause I was (and still am) far more concerned about my body. I may not be riding for a few days (I hope its just a few days and my shoulder loosens up and I didn't actually tear one of the rotator cuff muscles with the impact).

    I was, however, able to ride home no problem (I was about 10 miles away off Crossbay Blvd when it happened), so as long as I nursed he shoulder, it was able to move enough to week the brakes, street the bike, and change gears. In fact, it only hurts when I begin to abduct it from am Ad-ducted position, so that's a good sign that nothing is fractured and hopefully no ligament damage has occurred.

    Well, one way or another, this was yet another lesson learned.
    Last edited by ChiroVette; 07-24-14 at 07:07 PM.

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    ChiroVette:

    Sorry to hear about this incident and the injuries it caused. I would imagine that the pain is going to be worse tomorrow, so maybe you should think about banging in sick at work.

    I don't mean to sound condescending here, but I think your run of bad luck is just the result of the newfound enthusiasm you have for riding. Being on the saddle fills you with such joy and energy that your mind is all over the place. You want to use your amazingly functional fanny pack; you want to play with Map My Ride, you want to record everything you pass on the road. I saw the potential danger in your zealousness when I watched your video and I hear it every time you write about a ride. I was the same way when I rediscovered cycling twenty years ago, and I'm really glad I never got badly injured while trying to play with all the toys on my bike while I was zipping down a mountain.

    For me, bicycling eventually became just like driving a car. The thrill got a little old, but the ins and outs of riding safely and adapting to all sorts of riding conditions became more and more clear and logical. Again, I hope this doesn't come off like I'm talking "down" to you, but I think you will soon learn to take more breaths while you're on the bike and not be so intense all the time. Then you will stop crashing into potholes and having near misses with cars.

    Good luck with the shoulder. I find I can minimize the morning-after pain by guzzling lots of water before bed.
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    "I just need a rest...and by 'rest' I mean a really long bicycle ride."

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    Not condescending at all, Papa Tom. Though I do hope to keep the enthusiasm, because I truly love riding. But I have to just change a lot of bad habits. I think I got away with certain things on previous bikes not only because I rode less, but even more because I was riding slower bikes. My other bike, which I still ride sometimes, is an old Trek 750 Hybrid that with the same amount of effort is roughly 2-3 MPH slower and handles potholes MUCH better because of the thicker tires and times and such. I think riding around in a racing bike is causing its own set of dangers because I am far too focused on keeping up an average speed, and I think that this is one of the causative agents.

    Well, all of this so far is a learning experience. If I walk out of this with even a fractured rib but no frank shoulder pathology, plus some minor and very repairable things on my bike, I will be a very happy guy.

    Thankfully, since the other thread and fixing those habits, I have not had any near misses with cars. Now I just have to remember that reviewing stats on MMR is for when I am STOPPED not riding.

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    Your story is better than mine... I just pulled into Central Park, waited for some cycle, runner, ped. traffic to go by, still clipped-in on my right side, did the dreaded, slow tip-over.

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    I have a handlebar mount for my iPhone.

    I used it once and only once when I found myself repeatedly pushing screen buttons, location, possible alternate route. weather radar (some grey sky's got me nervous). Then I almost ran a red light in a busy intersection.

    I stopped using the handle bar mount and leave the phone in my back pocket.

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