Monday, May 18, 2009

Maybe biking isn't for me...

So, as most of you know Chris has gotten really gung-ho about biking. While he's in town he and his friend Sam head out early on Saturday mornings for 50 mile rides. Chris is so into it that he boxed up his bike and took it with him to the states. He's thinking about competing in a Half Ironman this fall. That consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and 13.1 miles of running. Now, I could do any one of those disciplines, but not all of them back to back to back!
Well, since I got a bike when we moved here and Chris is having so much fun biking I thought I'd step it up a little and get in the saddle. I normally run with a couple ladies on Sundays and one of them, Tiffany, was willing to bike an 8 mile loop around the flight line and then we'd run our 5 mile route. We were probably 6 miles into the ride when we were moving from the flight line on to the main road and heading back to our vans. A car was coming so I came to a stop and when I put my foot on the pedal to get going again the pedal flew off shooting me forward and downward. I was definitely more shocked than hurt. I was checking myself over when Tiffany pointed out that my pedal was on the ground and my front tire was torqued. Oops. Could you imagine what I'm capable of if I actually had the bike in motion? Well, Tiffany biked and got her van while I walked back. She met me halfway, we went back to my van, and went ahead and did our run. Yeah, we're pretty much rock stars!

Here are a few pictures of the damage. I can already feel Chris cringing when he sees the bike.

So, you might notice that while the handlebars are facing the right direction, the front wheel is perpendicular to the bike. And yes, that's my pedal laying on the floor.

I took a nice chunk of skin off the side of my thumb when I mushed it between the handlebars and road.

This is the back of my left leg. I think the seat might have come down on it, but I'm not certain.

So, I know I'll get back on the bike (after I get that tire straightened out), but I think running is more my speed. I'm good at just one foot in front of the other.


Charity said...

Yeah, ouch.

Mandy said...

Are you safe to be let out on your own. I hope you had a nice birthday.

Jessica Simmons said...

Wow, that bruise is HUGE! You ARE a rock star though for running after that. I would have gone home and eaten some ice cream to make me feel better after the trauma.

Heather Hansen said...


I'm sorry you're hurt. :(

Haven't I told you excercise is BAD?!

Kristina Patten said...

You are so bad A$$! I can't believe that you ran afterwards either. I hope if you do decide on the swimming thing to go along with the biking and running that you at least wear a life-jacket or some water wings.
Happy Belated Birthday, did you get my message? I called the 352-505 number that I have for you and left a message, but wasn't sure if you would get it or not.