My Guardian Angel was working overtime yesterday ya’ll. Abe and I went on a bike ride down some trails along the reservoir by our house and on the way back we were being silly and decided to race. Though he was being kind afterwards and said I was about to beat him… I wasn’t. I had already given up in fact and was in the process of slowing down (which might have saved my life) when a GIANT BIRD SIZED bug slammed into my face. Needless to say, I freaked out and jerked my wheel which at 15-ish mph is probably one of the worst things you can do.
I don’t really remember the actual fall, and as far as I know I wasn’t scared when it happened (which is for the best) but remember thinking “Oh crap, this is going to hurt”. The next thing I knew I was lying flat on my back gasping for air, and knew I had also hit my head and shoulder. Abe was at my side within an instant and I know it scared the crap out of him. He helped me sit up, told me to calm down and breath, that I was okay (I was still struggling to catch my breath) and tried to help me get out of the path but I couldn’t stand up just yet. I sat there for a few more minutes while my breath returned, trying to determine if I had broken any ribs or not. Abe went to get my bike out of the path and once I was able to focus on anything besides the pain I realized that my front wheel was perpendicular to the handlebars and the wheel… well let’s just say it imitates the shape of these rings:
I would show you a picture of the wheel – but Abe tried to mold it back into a semblance of a normal wheel shape in order to walk it home. I’m planning on purchasing these rings (just as soon as I can hobble to my craft box to find my ring sizer) to remind myself how lucky I am.
Abe said that when he looked back (he heard me yelp when the bug hit my face) he saw me fly over the handlebars as the wheel turned sideways and the rest of the bike continued in the forward direction. In retrospect I wish I had a GoPro on – but then I would have had a helmet on and probably wouldn’t have had any of the (temporary) disorientation after the fact. Which brings me to my public service announcement – please for the love of God wear a helmet when you bike ride. I know, I know, everyone knows you are supposed to, but how many (non-professional bike riding) adults actually do? A shockingly low number. Myself included. I was super lucky to walk away from that with a bump to the noggin, road rash, and intense mid-back pain. It could have been much much worse.
Now I’m going to sit here on the couch for a few more days with an ice pack and wait for my back to stop spasming. Anyone have any good book/tv/movie recommendations?