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I was hit by a rear view mirror on a van - it didn't hurt or even push me off my bike but it sure did scare me.

I took a weird fall during a cycle training session. My coach was teaching me how to stop fast. I was trying the technique - looked down for a microsecond then ran into my coach. There was no time to unclip so I fell hard on my left hip, shoulder, elbow and also my helmet hit the ground. Man! I saw stars for a minute! I scrapped a good piece of skin away - but since it wasn't bleeding too much, we finished the training session. The next day I has a bruise the size of a dinner plate on my left hip! I still have a scar on my left elbow after 6 years!

I also put myself into a skid to stop when a motorist made a u-turn in front of me and then pulled to the curb. I figured a skid was better than hitting her car. I did end up half under her car. Of course I was flying down a hill. No road rash because I was wearing some good tights and full gloves that day.

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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Just came across this link...don't know if I could go this far, but it's one way to take a proactive position for our safety...!

Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents

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"When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car.

But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode. After watching a recording of the incident later, Mr. Wilder gave the license plate number to the police and a suspect was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident."

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7/20/12 5:31 P

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Lynn, how terrible. Hope your recovery goes quickly. I understand your frustrations. I broke my collarbone several years ago on a bike ride. In a pace line on the C&O Canal Towpath miles from civilization. One minute I was cycling, the next minute I was down and being run over by another cyclist. I have no idea why I crashed--probably hit a branch or stone that I didn't see. I had no idea that I had a break and continued biking for a day and a half (90 miles). I was shocked when the xrays came back--I thought I had strained or ripped some muscles or tendons. No exercise other than walking for about 8 weeks. I really had to watch my diet. I gained a couple of pounds, but nothing excessive. It didn't take long to build my mileage back up. You'll be surprised how quickly you can work up to where you left off. In the meantime, be a good patient and follow doc's orders--you'll have a much quicker recovery.

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7/20/12 4:46 P

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You keep saying you were going too fast .... yet I think you were not! You probably would have wiped out at 10 mph and still feel you were going too fast??!!. You came across gravel in an apex of a turn which is like riding on ice. Your training rides are meant too push yourself to the limits so that you know your outer limits in a race.

Like Barron said look to recovery .... yes it sucks your racing season is over!!! But use this time for flexibility, core, and strength training

Good like luck in the recovery aspects from the crash and keep us posted.

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Ride on and SPARK ON! You are quite the inspiration!

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I fell off my bike in 2010 and ended up in the hospital with a fractured left arm. I have a metal plate in my upper arm. The doctor told me that I wouldn't be riding for at least a year but I was back on the bike within 2 months and have ridden over 7000 miles since then. I will be turning 61 in August.

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7/6/12 12:07 A

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Prevalent? For me, road/trail rash from crashing. Sprained wrists from endos/going otb. Cellulitis once from trail rash that went bad. Currently on week 4 of recovering from what was diagnosed as a tfcc tear from poor bike handling on singletrack and an endo that bent my handlebar.

Never pulled my groin. If you get injured, my strongest suggestion is to go in and get it looked at ASAP so that you don't aggravate something serious and can get to recovery faster. Stay on top of any physical therapy you're suggested, and get back to riding by not taking shortcuts on recovery.

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7/5/12 8:29 A

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It was an unusual situation. Cautious is my middle name. I probably took that turn too fast but only because I didn't realize we were turning where we did. So it was a last minute turn which probably would have gone fine as there was no traffic at that time. What we didn't know was how all this gravel washed up on the intersection from localized flooding the night before. We had seen a lot of tree debris here and there so were on the lookout for that. But the gravel color matched the color of the road and until you got right up to it, you didn't know it was there. The roads are oiled and graveled for resurfacing and this was done not too long ago. Whatever was loose, was washed up in those heavy rains and dumped at the start of that road. The gravel patch was thick. That doesn't bode well with skinny race tires. Yikes!

Thanks for the well wishes! :)


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Relax! Been there a few times (way too many). 1. It happened and you can't change that. You can concentrate your energies on recover. Don't worry about gaining weight, worry about finding a way to recover. Drink a lot of water. 2. Can you find some hypno therapy CD's for pain and healing? I used it for my hip replacement, multi-level neck fusion, and Lumbar surgery and didn't take any pain meds. Get off the pain meds asap. 3. If you are in bed, research the net for anti inflammatory foods. Eat right. 4. Look towards your rehab. Usually you will have serious restrictions for 6 weeks, the another 6 for it to fully heal. Crutches, they are great, they will build strength so use them. Don't let people wait on you, get up and do it yourself. 5. Exercises....check out water therapy and water running. Ankle pumps? Knee flexions laying down. Come on, let's find a way to get the blood flowing, it will help you heal. Get a mental plan you can get your head around. That's enough for now. Start your plan.

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7/4/12 9:28 P

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Lyn, I wonder why we do this to ourselves. Your injury is terrible, but, you are already planning on getting back on the bike as soon as you can. Good for you. I guess as we get older we find we have time to do the things that we didn't have time for before. Please take it slowly and recover fully.

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OMG...! So sorry to hear of your major mishap! If I'm unfamiliar with the route I tend to be more cautious...although I can think of a few exceptions where I let 'er rip on up to 50 mph or so on hills that were new to me, but straight, no curves and great road conditions. News of a TURN in the middle of one of these hills would've put me in the hospital...if I was LUCKY!

Hang in there, mend quickly but be patient!

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7/4/12 8:27 P

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How ironic, this thread is. Came on her to post to vent my frustrations after a serious bike crash! Like Loafylaw, I fractured my pelvis. I was riding with 7 other cyclists, half of us being triathletes training for various upcoming races. We do the "Tour de Farms" thing and are blessed to live right by beautiful farmlands just west of our Chicago western suburb.

Last Sat., we went out for a 35+ mile ride. I was about 3rd in line as we were going down a fun hill. I thought we were going straight, but someone behind me, seeing that I had no intention of turning left, warned me that we were turning left. I veered left and one of the leaders yelled out, "GRAVEL!". Too late, we were all on this rain washed gravel and two of us slammed into the ground. A gal behind me and to my left and myself. She was scrapped up pretty bad but was out walking around. I could NOT get up no matter how hard I tried. Finally, a passerby told me to stop trying and let the paramedics figure it all out. I gave up at that point knowing I did something bad to myself. An ambulance took me to the hospital and X rays showed I fractured my pelvis in two areas. Minor as it was, it would be painful and weeks of recovery. Saw the ortho a couple of days ago and he said it'll be a 3 month recovery. I'll be swimming and biking long before then, but NO running. My 2012 race season is done.

I'm a 56 year old female, post menopausal. So Friday, having another bone density test done. The doc thinks I'm still too young for such fractures. I think he's looking at me and thinking I fell off my bike on a Saturday morning in some lovely park. I was on a time trial bike probably making that turn at least at 15 mph (too fast...but like I say, thought we were going straight). I crashed fast and HARD denting up my helmet and receiving plenty of road rashes as well. Anyone, including a 12 year old kid, could have and should have broke a bone somewhere! But no matter what, a female my age breaking a bone means bone density drugs! I know it's a matter of time....just was hoping it'd be later than sooner!

Talk about PAIN. I'm on Hydrocodone (sp?)....Vicadin is in the lovely mix and makes me have crazy dreams. But it makes the pain manageable at least. Bed rest with some mild activity to prevent blood clots is ordered for two weeks at least. NOT FUN!

Have any of you had to suddenly go on bed rest for a few weeks? Did you gain weight? Hae muscle atrophy? I fear going from 90 miles a week of training to next to zilch is really going to change things! YIKES.... Not to mention I'm bored stiff! But I do plan to take doctors orders seriously and get back to wellness. Fortunately, the type of fractures I have are minor enough to give me a complete recovery. The doc is very optimistic! On crutches and tired all the time....

Bummer.... But YEAH....it could have been so much worse, so am very thankful!

I miss my bike already!

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Oh yeah, my sister the massage therapist is on me all the time to do as much stretching as possible...she'll pass along new stretches for me to add to my regimen now & then.

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7/4/12 1:22 P

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There is no hidden message. You need to work on all areas of you body as you age and keep flexible as possible. I know a lot of very competitive cyclists and skiers that have been sidelined from not stretching.

I have to fight everyday to do some kind of stretching. The low back, hips and all those connectors from the floor up can limit motion and cause you to manipulate only to injure another for excessive stress in the wrong area.

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thanks guys.... BarronVC, I sense that the hidden message in your post is to "stretch". I don't do enough of that. I am glad that I asked the question. Don, I, too, feel it is better to learn from others. Have a great day on the bikes, everyone.....be safe.

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7/4/12 11:44 A

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To add a tip - make sure your clips are not too tight. Once I loosened the bolts on my shoes, getting in and out of my clips was SO much easier yet they never unclipped when I did not want them to. Setting the clips a bit looser has made clipping and unclipping a breeze and probably saved me from a lot of falls.

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Great message thread! I'm a big believer in learning from each other when it comes to falls and injuries and often encourage cyclists to share how they occurred so that I can learn from their experiences.

Super tips, as always, BARRONVC!

I had a fall once when turning around to check out traffic as I needed to merge left in order to continue down the road and not turn right. While turning I inadvertently steered my bike enough into the curb to bring me down. That lead to my finally getting a rear-view mirror which I clip onto my glasses.

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I've gotten hit by a few cars, as well as doored multiple times, and once I took a nasty spill because a street I had to ride down was completely covered in ice and I wasn't expecting that [all the other streets had been cleared]. But aside from some big bruises and scrapes, I've been lucky to avoid injuries. Oh, and one particularly bad accident with a car left me too sore to walk for 24 hours but I wasn't really hurt.

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No road ride injuries, here, other than initial falls, when I began to clip in, but couldn't get out fast enough, several years ago. Mountain biking, one serious shoulder injury requiring surgery, last year. Back on the mountain bike. One recent fall, injuring my finger, then another prior to an unsuspected berm, landing on my head (no hands out) as I went down about 9-12 feet the side of the mountain, where I ended sitting down. Just shook up and cracked helmet. I continued the ride, just a little shook up. I just finished mountain biking a few hours ago. It is my favorite exercise. I stretched afterwards.

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I feel very lucky... no real injuries except road rash even when I was racing. Knock on wood, no broken bones or torn soft-tissue.

I did get a concussion when I was nudged over, (luckily only nudged) by a car. I have found mountain biking to be much more fall-prone than road biking, but at least you can't get hit by cars.

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Looks like you have the same thing I do. GHS Grey Hair Syndrome! I've had many. How to prevent them?

Do strength training and stretch when done.
Do corework/lumbar work and stretch when done.
Do cycling, or any aerobic work and stretch when done.
Do balance work and some functional fitness and stretch when done.
On and easy or off day walk, and stretch while relaxing.

I've found you can't stretch enough when you get up in age. I'm not talking violent contortions, just easy gentle stretching.

Don't crash. Lube and clean pedals and cleats. Practicing stopping and starting. Practice bike handling skills, get educated on riding in traffic, plan your routes for safety and time of day, if riding with a faster group stay within your bubble, finally don't ride with people that are not safe or you don't trust.

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Luckily, I have never broken anything, knock on wood. I forgot about that type of injury. Collar bone breaks are common, I think. I hope you are healed from the broken pelvis.

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a number of my friends have broken their collar bones in a fall (I think Lance Armstrong may have as well). I broke my pelvis in a nasty fall when the bike landed on top of me. Never anything like a pulled groin muscle though

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Aside from the embarrassing fall caused by failure to "clip out", what are the most prevalent cycling injuries that folks have. Obviously, being hit by a car is the most catastrophic. I am asking because I pulled a groin muscle. I am just wondering how that happened and if others have suffered similar injuries and their remedies.


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