il padrone wrote:Not in hospital (yet), but being home and incapacitated is pretty boring too
Saturday before last I was riding down Killala Rd into Apollo Bay (a delightful road to ride), after crossing the Otways and coming down the delightful Old Bay Road. I was riding with two friends. I had had just stopped an taken a few photos, then caught up to them when they waited for a mob of sheep, and I went on ahead a bit. I came over a short rise, then was rolling downhill at about 25-30 kmh. I saw a roadside apple tree and began to brake to see whether the apples were ripe........................................
That's about all I recall, apart from a feeling of gravel on my arm and side.
I was roused by my friends, and stood up quick, but the shoulder felt sore when I grabbed the bike. They made me sit down again as I'd been out cold for 1-2 minutes. They rounded a corner to find me spread-eagled across the road. It seems that my front tyre must have slid sideways on some loose gravel as I was braking to slow. It truly puzzles me as the road was a good gravel surface and I did not do anything too radical. I went down very quick and hard - knocked out, busted helmet.
A helpful local drove me and the bike to Apollo Bay hospital.
Up-shot of it all - I have a broken collar-bone, and I suspect a cracked rib as well. The collar-bone is an overlapped break with 3cms of fore-shortening, so it seems an orthopedic surgeon's advice is needed. I see one on Friday, then it may be surgery. In the meantime I am surviving on a steady diet of paracetamol and ibuprofen
Ouch! Hope the pain subsides and everything will proceed relatively smoothly without complications.
fatdudeonabike wrote:You are a braver man than me... I tore a quad in a bike accident - but I dont know how excited I'd be to climb straight back on if I'd had an injury as horrific as this. I read this thread when it started and it still makes my eyes water now.
That's the thing about cycling, it's an awesome sport, it's totally addictive and you'd never easily give it up. What's not to love about it? It's dead easy to do and it's fun. And when other people start noticing that you've become really fit - that's awesome too. That's why when you are forced off the bike, it's pretty hard to see other people out riding - you miss it. For me, it's like when ever I have a couple of hours spare time, I'll just go out and ride the bike because it's fun. It's better than sitting on the couch watching TV or something like that.