Saturday, May 7, 2011

Over the handle bars and through the woods I go

I've been through here dozens of  times, without a problem, until today that is. The public trail ends here. To keep going you pop over a small curb, square yourself with the gate, drop off the ledge and turn some to the right as your back tire is dropping off, to get on the single path. Today I wasn't paying attention, my right shoulder bumped the post, knocking me to the left as my front tire dropped off the ledge, and I tried to correct the situation when my forks turned too sharp, and I was ejected from my seat as quick as a fighter pilot out of his plane, flew over the handle bars, and landed hard with outstretched hands, in nettles, jamming my right shoulder some. I hope and pray this doesn't flair up my shoulder again, I don't think I would like that very much. This was only mile 3.

I walked it off, and saddled up, for a Metric C. Legs felt strong, I'm ready for more. This is only Gravel century #2 for the year. Last year I had 17 by this time, but I'm hoping to get er going now.

The wind was at my back on the way out, gusts up to 20 mph, I knew I was going to pay the penalty for the assist on the way back and that I did.

Please don't hold this against me, but I 'juiced' today. I needed a boooooost. Was feeling a bonk, after the turn around and the wind was putting me standing on the level to pedal.

Saw these wild animals today a beeffalo cow and a grizzly bear with a long long neck, I think that is what they were, I'm just a city boy yanno.

Stopped and visited with my one eyed tree face friend.
Wasn't expecting to ride a metric gravel century, 62 miles, but had plenty of energy, and legs, to keep on the pace. Now as long as this shoulder behaves, I'll be happy.

Thank you for visiting.


tainterturtles said...

Wow, good for you Dave. I sure hope your shoulder doesn't flair up. Hey, take care of yourself!

dawn marie giegerich said...

Ouch, so pay attention. This weather is ecstasy.

Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Hard not to ride with weather like this. Keep it easy bro!

welshcyclist said...

Hope that shoulders OK? Keep riding out those metric cunturies and your posts. Cheers.

mrbill said...

I sure do wish you'd quit falling down or up and over as the case may be, you're making my shoulder hurt.
Hope you have a good Sunday, fall free.

Craig said...

That tailwind was great for my ride in to work yesterday. Not so great for the ride home.

Was that crash at the same spot that Triple D squeezed through when leaving town? That was a hairy one.

MrDaveyGie said...

Yes, Craig, that is the same spot. I thought I developed the skill sets to fly through it without hardly slowing down, that is, until yesterday.

Bill G said...

Hope the shoulder is still good.

I have dismounted rapidly in all sorts of normal spots - just happens.

Have a great week!