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Off the Bike and the Wagon

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Sunday my best friend and I rode our mountain bikes along the river trail. I was having a great time; we saw osprey and deer. On the way back, though, I suddenly lost balance and realized that I was going to fall. Luckily, there was a patch of dirt and weeds on the side of the trail, so that's what I steered for and crashed on.

A lady walking on the trail had just stepped to the side for me and came running to my aid; the poor woman probably thought she made me fall somehow. I didn't really know what happened, because I grew up riding bikes, and I hadn't fallen since I was 12 and tore a big hole in my brand new jeans, upsetting my mom very much.

I knew right away I wasn't hurt, other than scrapes and bruises, but all joints were functional, so I jumped up and saw the lady pick something black up off the trail. At first I thought my cell phone had fallen out of my pocket, but then I realized it was a pedal. The crash wasn't my fault at all, the pedal had broken off!

While my friend inspected the bike and bent the front wheel back where it was supposed to be, I started feeling woozy and sat down for a while. Then, I was okay to walk the bike back to the truck. I was thanking God and St. Anthony for keeping me from getting hurt any worse; I could have easily broken or sprained something.

My friend tried to fix the pedal, but it was completely stripped. While I was at home putting neosporin on my scrapes and ointment on the bruises, he went to Walmart and exchanged it for me; it was still under warranty, and the model was discontinued, so he was able to get a brand new Schwinn for me (purple to match my bruises), only having to pay $26 for the difference instead of the $50 something it would have cost.

The last three days, I went to work, even though my neck, left shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee were bruised and hurting, but at least I had a story to tell my students when they asked what I did during spring break. Afterwards, I just went home, put more ointment on, and slept, then vegetated on the couch.

The last two days, I craved fast food, so I went to Sonic. I knew I wouldn't be able to resist less than healthy food, so my fous was damage control. I managed not to order the footlong coney dog, even though it called to me; I stuck with the small one. Yesterday, I opted for the breakfast steak/egg burrito; way too much fat and calories, but at least low carbs. Both times, I ate the sweet potato tots; sweet potatoes at least are better for blood sugar control than regular ones. (I can only recommend them, they are addictive.)

I decided not to feel guilty; a few days without much movement and too many carbs and fat are probably part of the overall thing, if I'm into this healthy lifestyle thing for the long haul.

Today I made up for it. Oatmeal, blueberries, glucerna bar, lean cuisine, spinach/egg soufflee, lean pocket. Granted, it was mainly packaged food, because I don't feel up to shopping/cooking yet, but it's a big step up from the last couple of days. Then I walked around the lake behind the apartments. 3 miles in 1 hour. It was fun, and my hip didn't start hurting until the last half mile. I did get a couple of blisters somehow, but they're not too bad.

My bruises range from yellow to purple now, but they're slowly healing. And I'm back on the wagon.

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    feel better soon!

    You are listening to your body and it is saying to rest- no guilt in that!
    1689 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2013 7:27:43 PM
    OUCH! Glad you weren't seriously hurt.

    I took a tumble on my bike. I didn't realize those disc brakes stop FAST! I came out of a mostly deserted subdivision a bit too fast; a guy in a pickup was pulling in a bit too fast; over the handlebars I went. Scared that poor guy half to death. I was more embarrassed than hurt, but I do have a nice road rash scar on my elbow.

    Sonic? Oh, I just have to have a Chicago Style dog every few months!
    1690 days ago
    I'm glad you are feeling better. Might as well get back on the bike, you won't be due for another big fall for another 20 years or so... ;)
    1690 days ago
    Glad you weren't seriously hurt! Heal quickly and keep Sparking!
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    1691 days ago
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