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Old 03-06-11, 09:26 PM
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Crash recovery?

For the first time since I was a kid I went down hard today. I was on a curving downhill doing about 30 mph when I came around a corner and the road was covered in mud. I braked too late, lost it, and went down on my right side. Other than road rash on my knee and elbow and one hell of a knee bruise I came out all right. Didn't even get any tears in my long sleeve jersey or pants. I picked myself up, straightened out the handlebars, gave the bike a once over, wiped the mud off my clothes, and rode another 10 miles home. It is now 6 hours later and parts of my body are stiffening up. I expected this as the ibuprofen wore off so I'm not concerned about long term injury. When you guys go down like that, how long do you stay out of your saddle and let your body recover? For what it's worth, I'm 40 (almost) and in moderately good shape. I'm thinking 3 days off should be enough.
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Old 03-06-11, 10:54 PM
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Ouch!! Glad you're okay! I just stay out until I'm not sore anymore. Better safe than sorry. After getting whacked by a car, I think I rested for 3 or 4 days. We seem to heal pretty quickly. Hope your recovery goes well.
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Old 03-06-11, 11:13 PM
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Wash the heck out of that road rash. I hit the pavement last autumn, and I thought I had it cleaned out enough, especially since I was wearing long sleeves and didn't see any tears in the clothes-- but my husband washed it out again later that night (despite me trying to talk him out of it) and he picked out quite a few base layer fibers.

Ice and ibuprofen were really helpful. Especially the ice.

Other than that, when you're ready to ride, you'll know.
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Old 03-07-11, 12:01 AM
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Isn't winter riding great? Every year, my first ride with bare knees and elbows is a little scary. But then nothing happens for a while, and one gets used to it. Yeah, the cleaning part is the most important and the easiest not to do! No fun at all. Really best to scrub it with a brush. Yuck. Then Povidone and Tegaderm. I never don't ride because I had a problem, but then I've never broken anything. Easiest to work out the stiffness in the saddle, unless you just can't steer or brake safely. That's another matter. But I'd take it easy until the worst of the hurt is gone.
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Old 03-07-11, 11:50 AM
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One of the best ways to wash road rash is to soak in a tub. Another thing that is good is hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide will react with any dirt in the wound and sort of "fizz" it out of there. Also hydrogen peroxide is a mild disinfectant.
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Old 03-19-11, 12:00 PM
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Grr. I finally went to my PCP and had shoulder x-rays done on Friday the 11th. Initially they told me that everything was fine and that is was just a soft tissue injury. A week later they called me back and told me that I have a "small fracture". Now I have to go see an orthopedic specialist next Wednesday. I'm thinking that whatever broke will be mostly healed by the time they look at it. At least I get to avoid carrying ladders at work for awhile. I still have pretty limited range of motion on my right side. I hope they don't tell me to stop riding for awhile...
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Old 03-19-11, 02:23 PM
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Sounds like you are not doing too bad, when I read the title I thought it may be about you struggling to get on the bike in your mind and being scared, I would say a couple of days would do all the good you need but I would just say when you next want to go out just go for a couple of miles, go home and see how you feel, hope you get on well!
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