I headed out to Kingston and onto the well-known Thames Turbo bike course. I can ride it in my sleep and the pot-holes would be a good test for my new Adamo seat. Power down to the road nicely on this bike, I enjoyed a good 90 minutes well in zone one and putting out an average speed of 26.8 km/h (stopped to fiddle with gear adjustments a few times, so avg speed is different to avg moving speed). OK, it rained about 20 minute in and it rained hard for about 10 minutes, but that was fine. I did lose the bottle over one of the pot-holes and had to stop to get it.
Then as I was heading back towards Kingston from the Thames Turbo bike route, through Hampton Wick, I had a drink while the traffic was quite slow and tried to wedge the bottle back into the cage. I was being a bit of a bugger and I gave it a good shove. At that moment, the back wheel skidded out from underneath me, the front wheel glanced the kerb and the bike went over, on top of me while I slid along the pavement on my left side. As I was going over I thought, "This is exactly the sort of thing I was worried about before the next two races. Ohgod, please let me not break anything! Ow.".
|Wet, gritty, dirty and bloody.|
As I picked up speed on the larger roads, and put more effort in to the pedals, I noticed a deep soreness and stiffness in my left hip. Blood trickling down my left leg and a bit on my left elbow was the only really visible sign of damage, the pain was mostly in my hip and shoulder which were both covered by clothes.
When I got home, my knee had some really quite cool globs of congealed blood on it but my hip and shoulder were very very sore. After filling a few tissues with snot (cold, wet and a bit in shock), I dared to have a look at my shoulder.
Not too bad, just an abrasion through the fabric of my cycling top. OK, it was seeping a bit of blood and clear fluid and swelling up a bit, but really not too bad. My hip, however, was a bit of a shock. Although it was very sore in the joint and muscle while pedalling, I hadn't expected there to be much surface damage so the expanse of that one was surprising and it was swelling up quite impressively too.
|Fuzzy! Hard to take a shot from this angle.|
|Side view of the swelling :o(|
My calf; quite scraped up...
|Notice the crinkly, white feet from being in soaking wet socks for an hour.|