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Old 06-05-07, 09:09 PM
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I thought mountain biking was hard because of the probability of falling. I've certainly had my share of hard falls. But my take on it is, this is my favorite sport and it hurts so good, sort of like a badge of courage.
Earlier this season, I took a spill on my Road bike. There is nothing like falling on asphalt at speed. I never thought of dirt as a lubricant or being soft, until that moment. I also found out the value of a helmet as my head bounced along the ground and the helmet absorbed all of it. Four stiches on the elbow, lacerations on the knee, and ribs that hurt like he!!, but not until 48 hours later. Six weeks later, my shoulder still hurts. I said all this to say, there is something far worse than falling on a dirt, mountain trail, much worse.
If your ribs really hurt seeing a doctor might be in order.
BTW, they never did take X-Rays of my shoulder or ribs.
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