Overcoming Obesity

Sunday, August 1, 2010

WIPE OUT!!!

I have officially had my first WIPE OUT! Yup, it was destined to happen and finally did. Yesterday I went out with a friend for a 25 mile bike ride. I was hyped that I was ready to push myself and do 25 miles.

It was a gorgeous ride, a beautiful trail along the river.... plenty of trees, gorgeous scenery and the flowing water. I saw several horses during the ride, really taking it all in. About 8 miles into the ride there is an underpass under a major freeway, you pass a section where there are cars. Of course, using caution I passed. I crossed the road before my friend. As I look back to check on her I somehow winded up getting wedged between the concrete path and dirt, my tire was completely wedged and I couldn't get out of the grove. Looking up I see this wooden railing, I'm headed strait for it.... my heart is pumping, I'm losing control, I pull to the left as much as I can and then it happened, I was flying off the bike... I suddenly turned into the flying cyclist and landed hard on the concrete. Oh man, did it hurt!

Thank goodness, I really arched my back and avoided hitting my face, I jumped up quickly in the horror that I was about to be ran over by other cyclist. I pick up my bike and my friend helps rinse off my arm. Being a previous Boy Scout Leader, I of course, had Neosporin. I check out my bike, straiten my handlebar and hit the trail again. My knee and underneath my forearm, were throbbing... not to mention, the fact I was shaken up. About another 5 miles in, I found myself in the same situation, I over corrected and almost wiped out again. My adrenalin was pumping and well, I was just plain terrified.

With the adrenalin pumping up twice and the fear, I decided I better call it a day at 15 miles. It was a great ride, but I must admit, I wondered what Mother Nature was telling me. This week alone, I have been chased by a dog, almost hit by a car, ate a bug, wiped out and ALMOST wiped out again!

Today I am very sore, feel like I have whiplash in my neck, my ribs hurt (they took a lot of impact on the fall) and my knee is very swollen. I thought maybe I need to give my bike a break and maybe park it a while but then I realized something. Like all sports, you begin to get a confidence and you don't win them all. It's not time to park my bike, I will make a conscience effort to be more aware of my surroundings and my form. Most importantly, I will remember how much I enjoy the ride.

Of course, I have a few pics.... I considered reenactment of the crash, but just couldn't do it, LOL!

This is the railing that I almost hit, notice my bike track along the side of the concrete


This is my arm immediately after the crash


My helpful and concerned friend (awesome lady)


My arm today


Now this is getting random, but thought I'd let y'all know that I am a red head now


And this is a size 18 dress that I tried on today (I didn't buy it, but was super hyped that it fit)

Oh yea... a few weeks back, a friend of mine gave me some clothes (thanks Rai) and this is one of the dresses she gave me, I haven't worn it out yet, but I am thinking about wearing it when I go dancing with my friends... I am working up my confidence for it though. Oh yea, this is a pre-red picture (I'm a fiery red as of last night)

13 comments:

  1. Oh my!! That sounds scary!! I hope you heal quick. The dress looks great on you.

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  2. You are doing so well! That arm looks mega-ouchey - hope you heal up soon.

    Cxx

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  3. That fence section looks like it has been replaced recently. Perhaps you followed in another biker's mishap. I'm calling it the dirt trap - the Venus Fly Catcher of bicyclists. Beware the dirt traps, every bike path has at least one! I'm glad you aren't leting this derail your future biking, but it is probably good to rest for a day or two. The wound traumas need a little healing. I hope you are soon feeling back to normal! --- A size 18?! Congratulations!! That is amazing. I like the Rai dress - bet it looks even cuter with a red head above it.

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  4. Just wipe the dirt off your shoulders and keep it moving. next time fall off your bike when you see a handsome man coming your way lol! ;) you look good mama keep up the good work.

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  5. Wow that is scary! I hope to start bike riding some day and this type of wipe out scares me! Go for you for getting up and going again after that fall!
    The dress looks really cute, and congrats on the smaller clothes, what a victory!!
    I LOVE your hair!! Totally cool!!!

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  6. I'm glad your injuries weren't severe.

    I love the red hair!!

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  7. girl you are awesome! you really can do it all. i mean, you work, you workout, you go out dancing.... look at your energy! i'm glad the wipeout wasn't worse and didn't involve a trip to the ER or something!!! and your hair looks amazing! and you are rocking that dress!!! i bet you get tons of compliments when you go out wearing it! :)

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  8. I'm happy to see that you're not parking your bike. That takes courage. You're doing so wonderful.

    Wow girl, you look awesome in both dresses! Great colour choice for your hair too. I always go red when I dye.

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  9. Woah, i'm sorry to hear about your fall. I hope you are okay.

    Your new hair colour is really gorgeous on you! Those pictures of you in the new dresses are simply amazing! I am so inspired by you every single day xxx
    Lesley

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  10. I can empathize with your crash as having had a few on my bike, too. Your hair looks great!. So happy that you are down to a souse 18. What a great moment! Michele

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