a Bri Gaal's Blog: First Crash

Sunday, January 11, 2009

First Crash

I have finally joined the club? I had my first bike crash today!

2.5 hours easy was the plan. We started with a small group at IOS and people peeled away as necessary because of time commitments and wanting to do different routes. It ended up being me, Marty, Dan and Jerry and we were having a nice time on the bike. Marty started to bonk a bit and was lagging behind for awhile. I was riding on the inside of Jerry and wasn't paying attention (I was talking too much) and ran off the shoulder. If it hadn't been so rainy here recently I probably would've been fine, but the clay was mud and I slipped immediately when I tried to get back on the road. Hit Jerry's back wheel (and luckily didn't take him down with me) and then overcorrected again only to smack on the pavement. I scurried up quickly to get out of traffic and was very embarrassed! Jerry and Dan were very nice and made sure I was okay, which I was. Falling in the winter is much safer than the summer - I took the brunt of the fall on my left hip, which had 3 layers covering it so I didn't even brake the skin (might have a bruise later on), and skinned my knee. The unfortunate part of that was I now have a nice hole in my new leg warmers (2nd time wearing them). It's also a bit swollen and looks like a small egg on the side of my knee. My ego hurts the most for being such a fred on the bike!

Marty didn't see any of it and just thought we were waiting for him on the side of the road when he rode up. And of course, the most important -- bike seems fine!!


At January 11, 2009 2:58 PM , Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

Glad to hear you are OK. I am impressed that you have been a triathlete for so long and your first crash didn't happen until this year.

At January 11, 2009 7:23 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Yikes!! Glad you are okay Bri!! And of course, glad the bike is okay too... :) Ride safe!

At January 11, 2009 7:46 PM , Blogger The Tylers said...

I had my first crash early on and was actually stopping and unclipped the wrong foot! I was fine but the part that made me so mad was the road took a chunk out of my bike seat:). So I sympathize with your leg warmers! Gosh that was a long time ago....need to get back on the bike!

At January 11, 2009 8:05 PM , Blogger Maijaleena said...

Good thing you (and bike...) are fine and mostly just the ego got hurt. Be safe and enjoy riding outside in NC!

At January 12, 2009 10:27 AM , Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Oh - I'm happy that you're okay! Those crashes happen so fast, don't they?!? Well - we have to get it out of our system, right? Glad that both you and the bike are okay...Happy (and safe!) training!

At January 14, 2009 3:11 PM , Blogger Alicia Parr said...

Glad you're OK!


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