Ok, I already knew “self-arresting” into a ditch at 25 mph was stupid, but I just felt like reminding myself that.
I took Nelly in to the local bike shop yesterday. The faces on the guys there when they saw here were less than reassuring that my crash wasn’t THAT bad. One dude said, “Wait, you CRASHED? I figured it got ran over by someone.” Yeah, I wish I had left my beautiful Tri bike out in the driveway like a defiant 8 year old and subsequently backed over it on my way to work. In that case I wouldn’t be black and blue, I could sit through an entire therapy session and not have to explain to my poor clients why I need to stand up for a minute, my neck would be capable of turning right to left without pain, AND I wouldn’t be suffering from a minor TBI.
Anywho, they called me yesterday afternoon with the estimate. It wasn’t as costly as I expected, thank goodness. A new wheel and a new seat are all that is needed, that and a new helmet. I’m doing some shopping around for a helmet though. I’m looking for a crazy aerodynamic one that will make me go fast(er). One with tiny, discrete engines on the back that will propel me. They make those, right? I should have Nelly back in my custody in two weeks or less. In the mean time I have my trusty ole Trek.
Yes, I already got back in the saddle. It was scary but I know that if something is scary you have to conquer it quickly. Pretty sure I need to replace the breaks now since I rode them HARD on down hills. My confidence is low but I think it will build over time. My body felt good, a little achy in the joints and the bruises were uncomfortable, but I felt ok. My head is the only issue now, it still hurts. It’s hard to explain but if you’ve ever had a concussion then I guess you understand. It sort of feels like my head isn’t big enough for my brain and I can feel my brain in my head. Very weird. I am aware of bouncing and try to avoid it. So riding the bike is bearable and I am going to give spin a shot this AM. Yesterday I went swimming and figured it would be no problem. WRONG. My swim cap and goggles were putting too much pressure on my noggin. I had a pounding headache for 2000 yds. Needless to say running is OUT for a bit longer. How long? I have no idea. Just the thought of running makes my head hurt.
So frustrating. I can’t believe I did this to myself. I just want to be back to normal and go for a nice run….But in the mean time I guess I will do what I can.
I hope Tina Z. is right….
I don’t want to do that EVER again…