Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    247

    Desaster for the summer

    I'm so frustrated that I need to vent a little

    Today, I went DH biking in France (great trails in Les Gets / Morzine), and on the last, 'one too many', run, lost the front of the rented Commencal DH Supreme, slammed into my ankle, twisted it, and now am sitting at home with a plaster and probably some torn exterior ligaments.

    No sports for 4-6 weeks, and...

    ...bike marathon this weekend: gone
    ...8 day, 500km, 16000m climb alp crossing holiday (Germany to Italy): gone
    ...epic 230k/5000m climb marathon in end of August: highly doubtful

    I could scream I'm so angry with myself...

    ...Hope you guys are luckier. Enjoy your Mojos, stay injury free,

    Cheers
    Jever
    PS: My Mojo looks very sexy from where I;m typing this

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,135
    Sorry to hear about that buddy. Hope you heal up well and get back out there by this fall.

  3. #3
    Has a cycling disorder
    Reputation: fishboy2807's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    531
    Man that bites... and those ride plans sounded truly impressive.

    Get a bunch of mtb dvds, a DH game for your console and maybe some alcohol

    Also get yourself a waterproof cast and you can hammer out laps at your local pool - it's great for maintaining the aerobic fitness... and less trees to boot.

    Fishboy
    Frameskin™ Bike Protection Film
    www.frameskin.com
    Dirtsurfer™ Custom mudguards
    www.dirtsurfer.com.au

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    764
    Don't feel bad. I F****ed up my knee 3 years ago, which I'll probably need surgery
    on at some point. And it was a fairly easy trail to boot
    I'm still mad at myself cause my knee often hurts, and I say to myself,
    'Oh if I had just not missed the turn and taken the normal trail.....'
    But, as the saying goes, 'If candy and nutts were wishes and butts we'd ..uh,
    oh nevermind. But the good news for you is that ligaments are fixable and
    you should be on your bike shreddiin again before too long.
    Just be more careful next time

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    73
    You're not the only one. 2 months ago i had a bike accident and smashed up my shoulder. I'm getting the metal plates removed in 3 weeks, and no sport for 6 months... I had built up a V10 for the downhill season, and had planned loads of rides on the Mojo.
    4-6 weeks passes fast, 6 months not too fast.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    247
    @all: thanks for the support - in the end it's not too bad as you say - life's life...

    @SGR: sorry to hear man, hope your recovery goes well. I hope you manage to be disciplined about your physio - it's important!

    Cheers
    Jever

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    25
    Sorry to hear that Jever98.

    Remember as well that scar tissue is stronger, therefore in 6 to 8 weeks you will have a SUPER ankle .

    Also listen to your doctor, when I was 16 I did the same thing playing soccer and was back on it running in like 3 to 4 weeks . To this day that ankle gives out every now and then even walking on perfectly flat surfaces.

    Good luck beating the cabin fever blues, and just think about how sweet that first ride back is going to be.

    Peace,
    Kevin

  8. #8
    www.derbyrims.com
    Reputation: derby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    6,764
    Frustrating for sure! It could be worse. Be careful with your recovery!

    Those rides sound amazing. Watching the Tour de France these days I see so many great mountain views that must have some great trail riding too.

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    24
    Sorry to hear & welcome to the club. As you know, I'm also off the bike. It has been five weeks so far and today my doc told me, that my back could bug me for months (!!). I'm already planing my 2009-season...Hope you get well sooner. Take care!!!

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    ouch, get well soon ya
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  11. #11
    It's the axle
    Reputation: Gregg K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,702
    What the... 500km with 16,000 meters of climbing? I must have missed this thread, because that's some wild riding.

    I fully agree with watching the Tour and wishing I could ride those mountains. Oh well, same old 20 miles and 2500 feet day in and day out. How boring. Just kidding.

    Sorry about the injuries. The body is very flexible. I broke metacarpals and dislocated toes, and had severe pain for a half year. But in very short time was painless. Sometimes I forget which foot it was.

    By the way, it's always those last runs. I did my injury the day one of my best friends died. We should know better. Good luck with the recovery.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    247
    @Gregg K: omg, I hope your buddy didn't die biking. Sounds aweful.

    @olten: you get well, too - let's make sure you get to try out that XL Mojo some time...

    @derby, Gregg K: see the attached jpgs for an approximate routing. For context, the start is in southern Germany (see Google Maps), and the end point is Lake Garda in Italy (also Google Maps). The plan was to do the 500km/16000m climb in 8-9 days, staying in mountain huts and in villages in the valley. 6kg of luggage is all you need, in a backpack. Wash your bike clothes each night and have one change for the evening. Spartan, but very flexible in terms of planning. My buddies are still going to do the trip, as they can't change their vacation, so hopefully I will get some pics.

    This type of Alps crossing is very popular here in Europe, with thousands of bikers doing it every year. There are lots and lots of different routes you can take. I can highly recommend it - beautiful trails, great views and mountains, and very nice food and traditional mountain huts, etc.

    The race in August is Switzerland's oldest bike marathon, the Grand Raid Cristalp. It is 120km, ~5000m climb, with a time limit of ~11hrs. The course record is under 7hrs - amazing. The meanest part about this race is that towards the end, after about 4500m climb and 110km, you need to carry your bike for 400m elevation over a super steep pass up to 2800m (~9000ft) above sea level - apparently a real test of will. I crossed the race track last year when doing my alps crossing, and it was the reason I bought the Mojo :-).

    We'll see if I can still attempt it this year. Of course the aim would be just to finish it.

    Thanks for all the wishes and have good rides,

    Jever
    Attached Images Attached Images

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,501
    awesome, I need to do that someday.
    07 Giant Anthem 2 (Int'l Edition) | omartan.co.cc
    Im a MOJO Fanboy

  14. #14
    It's the axle
    Reputation: Gregg K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,702
    No, my friend was my trumpet teacher. He was associated with the great Stan Kenton. I was headed for a career in music. Over a weekend he died of meningitis. Very odd. He was my mentor. One of the coolest people to ever live on this planet.

    That's a great way to ride. I have a friend who is hiking through the sierra mountains in California right now. He has mailed supplies to small towns along his way. He just gets a ride to the town and picks up his stuff.

    But those cabins sound fantastic. I wish there were more of this kind of thing.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: okay_player's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    114
    Hey Jever,

    I feel your pain, dude. Maybe not quite as bad as you, but I suffered an injury yesterday that will put me out for a at least a few weeks, after only having my new mojo for 5 days...i have a hell of a trip planned for september and really hoping I'll be 100% by then.

    Here's my write up of what happened for anyone who cares:

    I need to stop falling off my bicycle. Went for ride #2 on the Ibis today...let me just say that this bike is disgusting. It really doesn't make sense how a bike can be this much fun to ride. It tracks perfectly, feels very stable and balanced, climbs/descends exceptionally well, is light, and looks gorgeous. Yes, this bike is amazing. Unfortunately, me not so much. I was on the larger skinny in this picture:



    Had got through 75% of it fine and was just past that tree about to slope back down to earth when I got the heeby jeebies and my balance went all wonky. Instincts took over at this point and I had shot my right leg straight out for balance and slowed to a trackstand with my left foot still clipped in. I remember gauging the situation and, only having a few seconds to act before simply teetering over to the left (about 5-6 foot drop), I spotted the second smaller skinny to my left... what happened next still kind of confuses me and I can't be sure this is what actually happened but here's my take of it: not wanting to let go of my precious Ibis, I somehow jumped off (with the bike) to the left and rotated 90 degrees... my front tire landed perpendicular on the smaller skinny (more or less) and my back tire simply hit the ground. I could feel some slight discomfort around my ankle but I guess I was too jacked with adrenaline to really feel what I had done. Without really thinking I back tracked, tried the sucker again, and nailed it. I must have literally rode this skinny 50-75 times and never had any issues like this before. It's probably 6 inches wide, very solid, and really shouldn't cause any problems. I think the fact that I had a bit of an audience at the time contributed to some performance anxiety. Anyway, the nearby hikers/bikers gave me a round of applause, and, feeling better, I carried on and finished up my ride. In the parking lot, I laid down the sweet Ibis, oggled it for a few minutes, then sat down and noticed a large pool of blood on my sock over the ball of my ankle. My reaction was literally "huh?" because I was not in any real pain whatsoever. I pulled down my sock a little bit and discovered a rather ugly looking gash. This pissed me off quite a bit as I am still recovering from the sprained finger and the amount of blood was a little unnerving. Since I hadn't loaded up my pack with first aid stuff (ugh), I just high-tailed it home. Every once in a while I would look down at my ankle, realize that the pool of blood was not getting bigger, and felt a little bit re-assured. All the same I was not looking forward to the post-ride shower. Here's a picture from when I got home.



    The shower totally sucked, I kept it short, then dressed the wound, called a cab and went to emergency. I wasn't sure if I was going to need stitches and decided to play it safe, but the experience was about as positive as it gets:

    - total time in the hospital - approximately 4 hours
    - 0 stitches - they used some "skin glue" instead after snipping off a useless peice of skin
    - x-rays came back negative - I had a feeling this would be the case but it's always a little unnerving when you're waiting for the results.
    - They gave me some codeine.

    Unfortunately I can barely put any weight on it and figure I probably bruised the bone which means I will be limping for a while and off the bike even longer (which I just picked up 5 days ago). The bike is fine (whew) but I'm thinking about switching to platforms pedals now... hahha.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    247
    @okay_player: sorry to hear. Get well soon. I have to say, though, that Northshores scare me - seems weird to be off the ground going along a smooth ladder, with the main thrill being the risk of falling off and hurting yourself.

    On my side, went to the specialist today who was pretty uninterested and just said '4 weeks of cast, then think about physiotherapy'. I researched the topic a bit though and asked some sports medicine specialist, and the better treatment may be to do some careful physio earlier to avoid the ankle going stiff and the muscles shortening. Will go and see them tomorrow and discuss what the best way forward will be.

    Cheers
    Jever

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: okay_player's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    114
    Thanks for the well wishes jever, you have mine as well!

    I've been riding this small northshore style stuff for a few years now and have become more comfortable with it, but looking back, I probably should have took it easy for the first couple weeks to get used to the new bike. I'm not saying the Mojo caused me to fall, just that I haven't become accustomed to how it handles just yet.

    Keep us posted on your recovery...
    ***healing vibes***

  18. #18
    Slovakia (Europe)
    Reputation: PeterG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    695
    Hey Nicholas, I'm sorry to hear that and keep my finger crossed for soon riding.

    P.S. Not sure whether you've got my reply concerning little more oil.

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.