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Not broken [Sep. 28th, 2012|01:09 pm]
Zoethe
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I fell off my bike yesterday.

Actually, I sort of tipped over on my bike. Rather like Artie Johnson and his tricycle back in the Laugh-In days. I had to come to a stop when a car stopped in front of me, and I was trying to gear down with the last bit of speed I had available, and then my weight was on the wrong foot and I started tipping that way and there was no way for me to get my foot off the pedal to stop myself.

Ergo, plop.

I banged my elbow pretty hard, and as it was the thing hurting the most it wasn't until later that I realized I'd also smacked my knee and scraped and bruised the inside of my thigh. I was mildly shaken up, but able to get back on my bike and have a good ride. Today I am a bit stiff and sore in my back and neck, in addition to being bruised and scraped, but it's really not that bad.

And in a way, it was strangely liberating. No one likes to take a fall on a bike, but I have been experiencing a phobia of it that was out of proportion. I was absolutely certain that a fall on my bike would equate badly breaking myself in such a way that I would not recover quickly. I certainly am not looking forward to any kind of repeat performance, but I am gratified to learn that I'm at least a little sturdier than I feared.

Tonight is a 40+ mile ride. I am going to be a little creaky when I first get on that bike, but I am going to enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-09-28 05:17 pm (UTC)
I can absolutely relate to the liberating aspects of a tumble like that. We have been doing yoga at a rock climbing gym. Hubby and I are 'senior citizens' and everyone else in the group is 25-ish. I'm more and more thrilled with each session, as I improve and come closer to 'keeping up' with these 'kids'!! I started with a lot of fear, but now I feel awesome!!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-09-28 05:52 pm (UTC)
Climbing is great!!!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-09-30 04:57 am (UTC)
Until you fall wrong on your ankle and break it, like I did today. Oops.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I hope it's not too bad!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-10-01 04:30 pm (UTC)
Small break, most likely 6-8 weeks, the typical time for a break to heal. Thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:21 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome. I'd like to try it some day.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2012-09-28 05:37 pm (UTC)
It is liberating to have a fall now and then, on foot or on bike. Less so when the bike incident involves a car slamming into you and destroying your expensive bike, but a while later it falls into the anecdote and "things happen" category. One of those things that is quite unpleasant at the time but you learn to chuckle over it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:20 pm (UTC)
Fortunately no damage to my precious steed!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-09-28 05:52 pm (UTC)
It takes me longer to heal, so I have a similar fear of falling off my bike. When I have, it's generally in that slowbutcan'tstopmyself kind of manner. I still don't know where you find the energy for a 40 mile ride.
I've started climbing at a local coop gym. Fell from about 15 feet on my second day. Getting better at relaxing and rolling when I fall. And glad I got that out of the way near the beginning.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:19 pm (UTC)
Slow crashes are definitely better than fast. I get a little scared if I get going too fast downhill.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-09-28 06:28 pm (UTC)
of course its a scary thing to fall, and we get all worked up about it OH NOES!!

then it happens, and its not as bad as we feared, and we can toss one more fear out the window and move on. i'm glad it was a reasonably small tumble, and you got away with minor owies. *hugs and hugs*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty bruised, but it's not too bad.
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[User Picture]From: coyotegoth
2012-09-28 09:22 pm (UTC)
Have an amazing ride!
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2012-09-28 09:40 pm (UTC)
I used to be like that with skiing, back when I used to ski. I couldn't ski worth beans until I fell over, then I was fine.

I wonder if we get that from our mothers. Toddlers are usually pretty adventurous, right, but then we start hearing over and over, "don't do that, you'll fall!"

Edited at 2012-09-29 12:02 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: triskelmoon
2012-09-29 06:01 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you are ok and that the fall was not in proportion to the dread!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: sammiantha
2012-09-29 09:27 am (UTC)
I went through the same process when I started playing netball again. The first few games I was like 'oh my I'm going to fall over and break something because I'm so clumsy and its going to hurt and I'll just let that ball go by because jumping for it would be reckless...'

Then I fell over for the first time. And jumped right up and though 'that wasn't so bad'.

Now if I think I can get the ball, I go for it. I'm not as fragile as I thought I was, I can take a few bumps and bruises without shattering into a million pieces. Makes the game a lot more fun :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:17 pm (UTC)
It's good to learn we aren't so fragile!
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[User Picture]From: mishamish
2012-09-29 02:23 pm (UTC)
As other commentors are illustrating, I think that kind of fear transcends sport/activity, and falling is arguably one of the best things to happen! When my mom and stepfather bought me a horse, my stepfather told me one of the nicest/wisest things he ever said: "You are going to get thrown. It's not a question of if, it's a question of when. If you are on the back of a horse often enough, it's just something that happens. And when it happens, it is going to hurt. But not bad enough to keep you from getting back up."

Of course, he also paused a moment to let the sincerity sink in, then added, "And when you do get thrown, I am going to laugh at you. I'm going to ask if you're okay first, but regardless of the answer, I'm still going to laugh." :-D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:16 pm (UTC)
Falling off a horse didn't bother me as much, but that was because we were in brush. I was scratched but not much bumped.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-09-30 08:15 pm (UTC)
I did indeed, and the next day, too!
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-11-27 01:06 pm (UTC)
Nice to know you can take a fall and still get up. Just think, you didn't even notice some of your injuries until later too. 40+ mile ride? Go you!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-27 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, falling still has me too nervous to consider clips, but I might get there after another season of riding.
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