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I took up cycling seriously last year and was doing all the right things. Getting up early, going for rides, watching what I eat etc and by Christmas last year was clocking up over 300 k's per week. I had lost a lot of weight and was feeling on top of the world until... boxing day. I came off my bike after hitting a horrible speed hump at Lavender Bay and was taken to hospital in an ambulance which later turned out to be a couple of cracked ribs and a tear to the supraspinatus? tendon.
I will need surgery which will require 12 weeks off work as I'm in a manual labour job. I tried to do a short ride to work on my MTB and subsequently came off again with only a bruised ego and some skin missing.
It's been seven months since my accident at Lavender Bay and my nice white Merida bike is sitting in the shed, weight has gone back on and am feeling quite depressed about it all. The sensation of crashing is something I'm not too keen to go through again and every time I pass a cyclist on the road now all I can do is think about what could happen to them if they were involved in an accident. heaven forbid.
I came off pretty lightly and it could've been a lot worse but I still cant seem to summon up the courage/willpower to get back on as all I can do is think of what might have been if my head hit the road at a different angle etc.
Have any of you gone through a similar situation and got back on bike? I'm happy to take on board any suggestions/criticisms.
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So maybe try that. Start with really short trips down to the shops or to go out for a catch up with friends and slowly build up from there.
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davidf140270 wrote:Hi All,
The sensation of crashing is something I'm not too keen to go through again and every time I pass a cyclist on the road now all I can do is think about what could happen to them if they were involved in an accident. heaven forbid.
This is a fairly pessimistic way of looking at cycling.
Do you think you would feel the same way if you'd hurt yourself in a car crash - and not be able to get in a car again ?
Maybe some people would feel that way, at least for a while after an accident. But it's not healthy to feel that way for a long term.
It might be more helpful if you thought more about ways of avoiding the kind of crash you had. Like being more cautious around speed bumps,
and perhaps more generally being aware of how cracks or potholes could jeopardise your safety and being careful with them too.
Having a fear of them is healthy fear, but fearing all cycling is over-generalising. Give yourself more optimistic messages, and take
baby-steps like sticking to the safest routes and paths while you rebuild your confidence.
Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us -Jerry Garcia
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But it did mean that I wasn't scared to get back on again, although I tend to stay on the road now.. it's safer
Advice, just get back on it and the fears will disperse as quickly as the extra weight.
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That's what my instructors said to me when I was younger (although falling off a horse onto grass doesn't hurt as much as falling off a horse/bike on bitumen. I have fallen off a horse on a gravel road though while we were going fairly fast. I think being young also helped with the fear factor).
If you don't try to deal with the fear it may build up more and more and be harder to conquer than if you get back on straightaway when you are able.
Take baby steps, don't push yourself too much and good luck.
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I got hit by a car (rear-ended, so I didn't even see it coming) several years ago, badly shaken, scraped & bruised, but very fortunately not seriously hurt. Cycling was my transport at the time, and as soon as I was physically able I was back on the bike. I was jittery & scare sh!tless for some time, but I just told myself to get over it, keep riding and learn to enjoy it again. Eventually the nerves subsided and it was back to riding as normal.
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