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    Pushing it hard = trip to ER

    After riding with some local racers a few days ago, I decided I needed to start pushing the pace of my rides. I felt like I had kind of plateaued and need to make a conscious effort to become faster. Well, the best laid plans...

    I was going downhill on a dry, very dusty,trail when my left shoulder clipped a tree (which came out of nowhere, I swear). It sent me over the bars and directly onto my right upper body. I heard a loud pop and knew I was in trouble. My first instinct after getting up was"I hope no one is around, cuz that was embarrassing." When I looked down and saw my pinky glove off at a 45 degree angle, I thought I had just ripped my glove. Once I reached down to straighten out my glove, I realized my finger was in it :/ Fortunately it was only 0.5 miles in my ride, so I walked it out and caught a ride back to my car.

    I ended up with a pinky broke clean across, right above the joint (but no separated shoulder, thankfully).

    I'm kind of mad/frustrated with myself for trying to unnecessarily push it, which may have resulted in me being out of commission. It's on my dominate hand, and I'm a pharmacist, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to work very well...

    I know the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, just kicking myself for trying to ride above my ability level.
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    That sucks, good luck with your return to work.

    I learned awhile ago, after a few wrecks, that I need a couple miles of easy riding to calibrate myself before I really start to push my abilities.

    Once again, good luck with the recovery.
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    Healing vibes sent.

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    A few years back, I broke metacarpals 4&5 on my left hand while falling off my dh bike (aka "boxer fracture"). I was bush whacking between two trails, going just about walking speed when I hit a hidden tree stump and went OTB (it was a steep line, so it didn't take much to send me over the edge). I put my hands out to catch my fall, but the left one landed in a pile of baby heads, breaking the two bones.

    I wasn't pushing it at all, just cruising at very slow speed. Was off the bike for 6 weeks (well, 4 really, but 6 before I could back to the dh bike). Luckily it was my non-mouse hand, and I could still work. It doesn't take much to break a bone, especially a finger.

    Who's to say you wouldn't have clipped the tree if you were going slower? Accidents happen any time, anywhere - that's why they're "accidents". Sorry - don't mean to sound like an a$$ - just mean to say don't be too hard on yourself You went a little faster than normal, it's not like you were trying to clear a 30ft gap or go across a log ride 15ft in the air. Like Brentos mentioned - next time, warm up a bit and get in to your zone before turning on the gas

    Heal well!

    (not sure if you've broke bones before... especially fingers. Be sure to really work on range of motion once you can move it again!)
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    ^(Be sure to really work on range of motion once you can move it again!)

    This is very solid advice. I shattered my right wrist (dominant hand) while downhilling. My wrist was pinned and plated. As soon as the cast was off, my surgeon advised me to "ease back into biking as tolerated" but the key to successful recovery was to work on regaining strength and range of motion.
    I did Yoga and weights but do what you like. I was back to mtnb in a few weeks (it wasn't easy at first) and DH the following season (my fracture happened in the fall).

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    Sorry to hear about your injury. Pray you heal up quickly.
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    My hands have saved me from disaster numerous times, and I wish there was a way I could protect them better. The bones in my palms and wrists must look horrible, because I've had them black and blue so many times I cannot count.
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    Ouch. Good luck in recovery.

    You didn't crash due to speed it seems you had a moment of concentration loss. If that happens at the right (wrong) time, regardless of going fast or slow these things will happen.

    I think its good you slowly push outside your comfort level, keep doing it upon your return.

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    Get well soon brother. As stated, focus on range of motion exercises once you're cleared for them.
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    Thanks for the well wishes everyone! I've been looking at getting a new rig, so this just gives me a little more time to research Going to a hand specialist tomorrow, so hopefully no hard cast or pins are required

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    Don't beat yourself up about it. We've all been guilty of pushing it too hard at times. The finger will heal and you'll be back on the bike in due time.

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    Well, have to have surgery to insert a few pins and straighten it out. My dad is trying to convince me to call it a mountain bike career and get a road bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ynot89 View Post
    Well, have to have surgery to insert a few pins and straighten it out. My dad is trying to convince me to call it a mountain bike career and get a road bike...
    Road biking is more dangerous than mountain biking if you look at at the statistics. Think about it, with road biking you are riding with cars and trucks that weigh several tons and are riding much faster on average.

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    I had a really really stressful night at work (I work 6p to 6am), came home, and only slept about 2 hours until noises woke me up prematurely. Needless to say, I was in a rotten mood. Went out on a ride to unwind and decided to hammer my bum off, HR 180 for a 1.5 hour steep climb. Then I decided to push the limits and break the sound barrier on the 2200 ft descent down, and secretly hoping that I would have a major crash, end up in the ER, and not have to go back to work.

    I was unfortunate. I made it down unscathed. But I did blast my previous times down the trail, and nailed all the hard parts. Sorry you got hurt, I would take that broken finger away from you for some off-work time any time for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Road biking is more dangerous than mountain biking if you look at at the statistics. Think about it, with road biking you are riding with cars and trucks that weigh several tons and are riding much faster on average.
    That's what I told him. I'll probably buy a road bike next summer. No doubt I'll be back on my mt. bike asap...that trail will be the first one i ride too

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    Quote Originally Posted by ynot89 View Post
    That's what I told him. I'll probably buy a road bike next summer. No doubt I'll be back on my mt. bike asap...that trail will be the first one i ride too
    Yeah for sure. I get much more satisfaction mountain biking than road riding and if I had to chose one it would be the former. Get well soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ynot89 View Post
    After riding with some local racers a few days ago, I decided I needed to start pushing the pace of my rides. I felt like I had kind of plateaued and need to make a conscious effort to become faster. Well, the best laid plans.....I know the only way to get better is to challenge yourself, just kicking myself for trying to ride above my ability level.
    Hi Mr. ynot89,

    I'm sorry for your injury, send you healing vibes and hope your recovery is complete in the shortest amount of time possible!

    That said, I'll share a missive I once heard from a very wise man that may be of value to you in the future:

    "Let speed be the product of mindless repetition"

    The way I've interpreted that phrase is to sneak up on speed so my internal experience never changes even though my objective speed increases. In other words I never try to be fast I only repeat the section over and over again until it becomes a comfortable muscle memory. Then I find I'm going much faster than my original effort without ever trying to be fast. Emotional comfort and secure muscle memory is the key.

    Good luck in your journey and I hope you find a process that works for you!

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    Pushing it hard = trip to ER

    Quote Originally Posted by ynot89 View Post
    Well, have to have surgery to insert a few pins and straighten it out. My dad is trying to convince me to call it a mountain bike career and get a road bike...
    He must want your organs ... is he a booze hound? They like livers.

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    No sweat, sport. Just count those pills with the thumb and index finger......problem solved!
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    Yeah!! I don't feel so special ed any more.

    Ouch.

    It gets better. Just like others have said, get it moving as soon as possible. I did this little number and broke the 3rd metacarpal like a pencil.

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    Just watch out for trees in the future. They cross the trails when they think all bikers have passed.

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    Hope for a speedy recovery, I am still limping after a crash
    31/2 weeks ago.
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    I met a bush that was a distant cousin to the tree you encountered. It stepped out and clipped me as I was going over a drop. One of the hardest falls I've taken to date but thankfully no serious injury.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ynot89 View Post
    Well, have to have surgery to insert a few pins and straighten it out. My dad is trying to convince me to call it a mountain bike career and get a road bike...
    Dude, if you go to a rode bike people will make fun of you and you will have mental scars forever!!!
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    Trees often conspire against us and sometimes work together. Last week I had a branch reach out and grab my bar just enough to make me over correct in the opposite direction so I could crash into another tree. I am still picking bark out of my teeth.
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