Monday, March 21, 2011

Fall Risk....

Yep, that just about sums it up. You want to know why I like running so much? Well, it's because I am bad horrible at biking. It all began in this past Fall when I decided I should take up biking to do my first triathlon. I purchased a used bike on Craigslist and rode it a few times until the weather got cold. I have a family friend that lives in rural Alabama who also rides. He asked me to come down this past weekend to try out a 50 mile course with him. I'm not very experienced but I knew I could finish a fifty mile ride so I was in.

So here's where it gets interesting. We were about 25 miles in. I was cruising along and feeling great. We were literally in the middle of nowhere. All of the sudden I realized I was really close to Glenn's back tire. I panicked and attempted to move out of the way. I hit Glenn's tire and he sped away. I on the other hand, ended up face first on the asphalt. I didn't know what hit me. I sat up and realized there was blood pouring from my face. I don't really remember when my shoes detached from my pedals but my right thigh was killing me. Remember, we were in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone service. Thankfully, rural Alabama folks are probably some of the nicest people in the world. I kind of lost track of time but eventually a nurse came to help out. She was amazing. She took me to her house to clean up while we waited on Glenn's teenage son to come take us to the emergency room. Unfortunately, Caleb got extremely lost. Come to find out he drove nearly sixty miles away and had to borrow money from a stranger because he ran out of gas. Thankfully my new nurse friend savior drove us to the emergency room. Two hours later I left the ER with one fractured nose, a couple of super glued cuts, an antibiotic prescription, and some loratabs. I have been limping around since Saturday, but am feeling a bit better this afternoon. I am so thankful because the wreck could have been so much worse. My helmet was cracked on the front right side and my head is pretty sore from striking the inside of the helmet. I'm pretty certain my biking days are put on hold for a while. Not sure I'm ready for that triathlon in June anymore:)

The irony in all this is that I have a blind date on Thursday... 

Haha, the date may need to wait a week or so!

1 comment:

  1. Yikes! Glad you are ok! At least you got a good story to write about and a great ice breaker for your date. ;-) When crazy stuff like this happens I think "well, there's a blog post".

    See this for example -