Yesterday changed that.
You might remember a month ago or so I posted about getting my new tri bike. I was a little intimidated about riding it because it is quite different than a road bike. The weather in Kansas City has been pretty crappy so far this Spring and I hadn't gotten a chance to ride outside. On Monday, I finally took the bike out to an empty parking lot and rode it for about 15 minutes to get comfortable.
Yesterday, I was working from home, and it was beautiful. Sunny and 70s. It was perfect, so I thought I would go for a short ride around my neighborhood. It would give me another chance to get comfortable on the bike with minimal traffic.
I had been riding about 15 minutes and was feel pretty good. I was moving in and out of the aerobars, changing gears and riding really smoothly. I was loving it. I rounded a corner and was on a short straight stretch when I saw a truck. I immediately got off the aerobars, put my hands near the brakes and started slowing down. I was watching him, just being cautious and then he suddenly turned left into a neighborhood right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes, and my front tire came to an immediate stop causing the back tire to flip completely over my head. I'm sure I stopped to abruptly, but think I did what anyone would do. My instincts kicked in ans said...get the bike stopped!
I got up, shaken, but feeling ok. He immediately got out of his car and ran over to me. "Oh my gosh, are you ok? I didn't even see you I am so sorry!" He was freaking out, and kept saying your bleeding are you ok? I told him I thought I was ok, just scratched up, and I only lived about a half mile away. It's weird how you react in a situation like that. I was shaking all over, but got up and rode home. I even paused my Garmin after the accident!!! I honestly didn't think I was hurt too bad, just scraped up some.
Anyway, after I got home I decided to shower and get the blood washed off, it was then I realized just how bad my left wrist was hurting. It didn't seem to be swelling, but it was very painful. I had road rash on my left shoulder from shoulder to elbow. Both hands are scraped pretty bad, I'm missing part of a fingernail, and I have 3 huge bruises on my left thigh, but my wrist HURTS!
So, I made a trip to the Urgent Care clinic for good measure. They took x-rays and I "might" have a broken wrist...WTH?? How can they not tell. He said one x-ray showed a thin line across the top of the wrist bone which could indicate a break, but was inconclusive. He said he was treating it as a break and soft casting it. I am to follow-up in a week with a Sports Med Dr. If it's feeling better it's probably just a bad sprain, if not, I may need to have a follow-up x-ray or MRI to determine if it's broken.....
This sucks. I'm just hopeful it's a sprain.
Just another reminder to please, please, please watch out for bikers. This could have been much worse.
|Road Rash on my shoulder|
|One of my scraped palms, the other one looks just the same|
|My hopefully temporary cast.|
Now I'm just ticked! I had finally had a really good injury free period and was really making some gains in my training, weight loss, and strength training. Now much of that is gone. Even if it's just a sprain I'm sure I won't be able to swim or bike for several weeks.
Jim and I have a half marathon on Sat too....still not sure about that one. We shall see.
Man typing one handed is hard!