Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Not the ending I was hoping for…

I had hoped to have a great post to write tonight that would be all about facing your fears.  Because tonight was hill climb night in Cochrane and I’ve been worried about this for awhile.  We were riding up through Gleneagles instead of the big main hill.  That equates to about 400 ft of climbing over 2.3 mi.  My hill repeats were actually going quite well.  I finished my second repeat and turned around at the top.  I hesitated when I was going to make a left hand turn as all of a sudden a car turned onto the street that I was about to turn on.  The only problem was I was clipped in.  I tried to turn my wheel and unclip, but no dice.  Down I went.  I landed on my left hip and hand.  My left handlebar was bent from hitting the ground.  I had a couple of teammates around and they were wonderful about helping me up and making sure I was okay.  (Thank you Kelly, Jeff, Paul, and the other lady who was there that I’m blanking on right now!!)  I was a bit shaken but nothing looked overly wrong except some road rash on my palms and a skinned knee and elbow.    DSCN0212DSCN0216Doesn’t really look too serious, eh?  I also have a bit of road rash on my hip from where I landed on the ground.  I made my way back down the hill and as I went to get into my big chain ring I felt some pain in my palm, the meaty part connected to my thumb.  At the bottom of the hill Angie’s husband Ken was able to fix my wonky handlebar.  My hand was swelling up though.  One of these things is not like the other…DSCN0208
I rode back to my car with Kelly and Joanne.  I am going to get an x-ray tomorrow just to make sure nothing is broken in there.  So keep your fingers crossed for me that things are okay!!

16 comments:

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Hey Leana - I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. Damn those clips!

Hope to hear you're feeling better soon :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ouch! Hope you're okay.

joyRuN said...

That left hand is quite swollen. I hope you didn't break anything!

lindsay said...

yikes! well i'm glad you weren't hit by the car, and i certainly hope the scrapes were the extent of the damage. hoping the doc visit goes well :-/

Mel-2nd Chances said...

oh no.... glad you weren't hit by the car either, and that you're getting an xray done, it is pretty swollen. Please keep us posted!

k said...

Ouch...I hope it is just a good bump and not a break. Good luck and heal quickly!

Missy said...

NOOOOOO!

Marlene said...

Yikes! Sorry about the tumble, Leana. :(

Sending along some good vibes and hoping your hand is okay!

Deb said...

Damn clips, that's scary. I've done that on a mountain bike but the landing is much softer! Hope the x-ray is clear and you're feeling better soon!

Lauren said...

Ah, Canadian health care. I'd probably just wait it out, assuming I could move my finger, rather than pay for the x-ray. Your way is smarter though. Good luck.

Julie said...

OWWW!! The worst part of falling off your bike when you can't unclip is to have witnesses... :) :) :)

I HATE going down in that terrible slow motion manner! LOL!

Seriously though, I hope your hand is OK and nothing is broken! Good luck!

Wes said...

Glad it wasn't anything serious. Got bike, got to fall down :-)

Bootchez said...

Hey, but you DID face your fears, even got a little souvenir to prove it! Glad that you weren't badly hurt! Since I started mt. biking with clips (my first introduction) I have called them TRAPS, and still feel that's a better name!

aron said...

oh no girl!!! hope you are ok :(

Badgergirl said...

Ouch! Sorry to hear about the crash. I hope everything goes okay with the x-rays!

Danielle said...

Oh that sucks...yikes. That's what scares me about hills and being clipped in...