On Sunday I had my first bike crash, well at least since I was 11 or so. It went pretty well and I learned some important pointers for next time.
- It occurred to me to dump the bike before I hit the tree.
- I rolled and ended up landing on my Camelbak instead of putting a hand or arm out to brace myself.
- I landed in a bush. Chris says that bushes offer some of the safest, softest possible landings.
- The bush was a pricker bush. It scratched the heck out of my arms and legs.
- It didn’t occur to me to dump the bike uphill. Instead I leaned down hill and fell an extra 2-3 feet. Duh.
- Fall uphill when possible.
- Wear long sleeves/pants when it is cool enough for added protection.
- Keep wearing a helmet.
The first thing that Chris asked me when he realized that I had fallen was “So now are you over your fear of bikes?” Hmmm, let’s think about that one. No, decidedly not. I have only proven to myself that I can, and will, fall.
- Sunday: mountain biking (1:15)
- Monday PM: 8 miles (9:20, 9:14, 9:09, 9:05, 9:03, 9:00, 9:00, 8:57)
- Tuesday PM: 5 miles (9:20, 9:14, 9:11, 9:09, 9:14)
- Wednesday AM: 8 miles (10:01, 11:39, 11:27, 11:15, 11:04, 10:53, 10:41, 10:31) Once again I failed at the PM/AM run combo. I clearly need a full 24 hours of rest, but my schedule sometimes dictates that I only rest for 10-11 hours.
- Thursday: rest
- Friday: 6 miles (9:33, 9:32, 9:32, 9:32, 9:31, 9:32)
- Saturday: 12 miles (9:28, 9:28, 9:27, 9:28, 9:28, 9:27, 9:27, 9:28, 9:27, 9:27, 9:27, 9:27) <– Bet you couldn’t guess that this was on a treadmill. Long runs on a treadmill stink, but that’s what happens in the summer if you turn off your early AM alarm, sleep in, and cook an elaborate breakfast before you go run. Whipped gouda and pecan filled crepes coming soon!
Total Weekly Miles: 39
Total August Miles: 39
Total Yearly Miles: 864.14
Miles on Current Shoes: 59