Monday, May 31, 2010

F#*K Me!

I didn't race Coyote Hill because I didn't want to spend so much time in the truck for less than 2 hours of racing. I'll just stay home and do a nice ride solo I figured.
Nearing the end of my loop, I decide to do the last log walk; you know the one at the end of the powerlines where there are 2 big log laying in line with 3 or 4 small ones standing on end connecting them.
The whole ride I was thinking about how much my front tire sucked, and couldn't wait to change it when I get back to work on Tuesday.
I can't say I blame the tire, as the logs were dry. The small vertical logs are getting a little worn down. Transitioning from the small logs to the last long log, all of a sudden my bike is sliding out from under, twisting perpendicular to the log and crashing down.
I scraped up my left leg, and banged my back. When I got my breath back and began to ride out, there was a sharp pain when I would grip the bars, and on rough ground.
Ah, but it is merely a flesh wound, I'll just "walk it off" I thought.
When I got home Kim thought I looked pale.
I took it easy the rest of the day; went for a walk with the kids. If I didn't try and pick up anything my thumb felt ok.
This morning I couldn't hold my toothbrush, or press the "on" button on it.
Since oral hygiene is kind of important to me, and I can't do as good a job with my left hand, I decided to go to the ER.
Signing in they asked me if I wanted to delcare a religion, to which I replied I hoped there wouldn't be a need for last rights.
Second in line, this won't be to bad I thought. Except they put me in an examination room next to a faker moaning for sympathy, praying and talking to herself whenever a Dr. was in ear shot. Whenever a Doctor or nurse was near her, she'd always ask "you are going to give me something for the pain, right?!"
On initial inspection the Dr. thought it was a common case of Skiers Thumb, were one hyper extends the thumb, and stretches or tears one of the ligaments in the thumb.
X-rays revealed a chunk of bone chipped off my thumb.
"But I don't break bones" I told her.
"I'll let your thumb know that" she replied.
Now she thinks I might need surgery, but we won't know until I contact the Orthopedic surgeon tomorrow.
So I guess Domnarski Farm is out (which I already pre-registered for), and I guess I'm going to have to re-evaluate the "challenges" I'm willing to do riding offroad.

Anyone looking for an internship in the cast polymer industry?


Mark said...

Total Bummer! I scraped my leg on a log ride yesterday, too, and might even pulled or torn a tendon in my left forearm, too, at least it feels that way. Heal up - Wompy awaits!

Anonymous said...

Were you on MDC property? Can you say "lawsuit"?

Mookie said...

Jeez, first hilljunkie then CB2? I wish you a speedy recovery my friend. Keep me posted.

CB2 said...

I was on a nondescript trail in an undisclosed location, and could never hold anyone else responsible for my own actions.

Mark said...

Not to mention, all you did was fall off a log. Now if you were riding on a paved trail, at night, with no lights and ran into a gate that has been there 20 years, then you might have a leg to stand on.

On a serious note, there is a blogger I know that had something similar. Post Surgery, in order to ride he needed a brake lever that controlled both brakes from a single pull.

Hill Junkie said...

Sorry to hear this. I suffered a similar injury while XC ski racing two winters ago. About 15 months later, my thumb is pretty nearly back to normal. I imagine this could impact your work more than your riding. Hopefully you'll be smarter than I was in not stressing this injury for a while. Give it a little time.

Todd H. said...

Sorry to hear it... Must have happened just after we talked on the trail.
Maybe now my slow ass might be able to keep up with
Get better soon.

CB2 said...

It was right after we ran into one another, at the bottom of the hill.
I'm sure you'll be able to keep up with me as I walk around every skinny I come across!

Kerry said...

Wow. That sucks. Sandy said she can intern for you. She can do anything.