So, I was planning on writing a post regarding my recovery from Vineman but as you will see that is not the case. I wanted to write a post that would be "what not to do for recovery" by doing a race the following weekend (BAD IDEA) that consisted of temperatures reaching 100 and high humidity.
|I think this picture shows the agony of racing in heat|
- Sept 3 - Marlton Lakes Sprint (annual fun race with our beerathlon to follow)
- Sept 11 - Quakerman Olympic or Half? I was deciding on the Olympic to start working on getting my legs recovered and getting some speed back in my running.
- Oct 2 - Bassman International Distance Tri
Susan and I were riding together and planned on the 65 mile course, we met two others in the parking lot to ride with - one doing the 100 that would at least ride with us till 50. We had a great ride up to the 49 mile mark at the second rest stop. We were making good time, I felt awesome, we were riding fast but not too crazy. Anyway, we left the rest stop and there was a turn to go downhill. I would venture to say we were in the 30's going downhill, I hit a rock or something in the road, my front wheel turned and I couldn't control the bike. I was paying attention but maybe I should have paid a little more. All I was thinking about as I was falling was that I read an article on how to fall without hurting yourself too much in Bicycling magazine. So I knew to tuck my head and for some reason did not fly over the handlebars but instead fell to the left. I don't know if I hit my head last, because there was only some scratches to my helmet. I was VERY LUCKY!! OR maybe I had someone watching over me....
So, my schedule will now consist of cheering for my friends and getting myself better. Since I have some badly bruised ribs, it will take a good 4-6 weeks to heal, which means some time of doing nothing and actually allowing someone (husband) to wait on you...I hate sitting still so this should be interesting...
My message to everyone is the following:
- TAKE BIKING VERY SERIOUSLY AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES
- KEEP A GOOD HEAD WHEN FALLING - DON'T FREAK OUT!
- ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET (THIS CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH)
- BUY A ROAD ID!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, if you crash with your helmet, you need to buy a new one! Bell has a crash policy where you can return your helmet with the appropriate information and you get a credit toward a new helmet.