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    good news v bad news... GOOD NEWS WINS

    I probably don't post here as often as I should... I love hearing everyone's stories about conquering this, that, or the other thing... so, here's my latest! I would post this in the DH forum, but most of those guys are ADHD poster children and would decide there are too may words here...

    So the GOOD news is that I cleared the "road gap" (that was really only a sidewalk gap). Been working on that for a few weeks now. I was always about 2 inches short, and DHS would inevitably tell me, "More speed..." Tonight I was feeling the mojo, probably because I wasn't wearing any pads and decided to take his advice and "just hammer the speed and commit to the jump." I hammered the speed and committed to the jump, and gapped the sidewalk with about 6 inches to spare. YESSS!!! It was beautiful, and I FELT it! The guys were all watching and totally erupted in cheers. I was ecstatic and trembling with adrenaline. I rolled up next to them.

    "That was amazing!" I heard, as I cast my gaze to the sidewalk, beaming from ear to ear, somewhat embarrassed at the pride I felt in my little triumph. "Yeah," I said, "I totally felt it. It was really good." A moment of silence passed, then: "Dude, you're fork's locked out," I hear DHS tell me. NO! I do this on occasion. I forget to unlock my fork. Steve (DHS) is amazed that I don't seem to notice it, and ride the same whether it's locked out or not. I look down. Sure enough, I turn the knob and my fork grows about 3 inches. I laugh at my own idiocy. "Go back and do it again," he says with a smile. I sigh. OK.

    I pedal back to the entry of the run-in to the jump. I'm still trembling with adrenaline, but tell myself the same thing I told myself before I actually cleared it: Hammer the speed and commit. I don't take into account the added adrenaline and um... testosterone? maybe? I hammer the speed.

    This time, not only do I clear the sidewalk, but immediately upon touchdown, I realize I've overshot by over a foot, and a large tree is fast approaching. On instinct, I lay the bike over, so as not to run into the tree, and plow hard into the dirt with my left shoulder. It happens so fast, I hardly know what has occurred, but I know I'm in pain, that I'm trying to stand but I'm dizzy, and that it was almost a lot worse than it really was. Instead of the loud cheers that I was expecting from the guys, I see bodies rushing towards me. "Woah! You OK?"

    "Um, I think so." I try out my left arm for range of motion. "Aaauuugh!!" I gasp. Yep, found it. Rotator cuff. I stagger a bit and slouch back to the ground. I'm dizzy. I tell the guys that I'll be OK, I just need a minute to get some blood to my head, as I lie on my back and prop my feet against the tree. I take a deep breath, and suddenly laugh. The guys want to know what's so funny.

    "Well, all this week I've been really pissed off that I can't race this weekend because my friend is getting married and I have to be at the wedding. But now, if I can't raise my arm, well, it's like, no longer her fault that I can't race. Somehow it makes it easier..."

    As soon as I'm able, we all get back on our bikes and head back to the shop. Iím pretty certain it's either A/C or rotator cuff, as I've injured both before and have a good idea what to look for. Before heading back down south towards home, I stop at DHS's place for a bag of ice. Were I to visit the ER, I figure ice and Ibuprofin would be the diagnosis, so I simply take both and just head home.

    So itís been an hour or so. Although I can't raise the arm, I can keep it up once I help it up with the other arm, so I figure: rotator cuff. I should take it easy for a bit. Sigh. Oddly, not racing this weekend because I injured myself hitting a gap is somehow much more comforting than not racing this weekend because I have to go to a wedding.

    And that's my night ride story for tonight.

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    Good story, sorry about the injury, those are always tough. I hope you have a quick recovery. I'm not a downhiller - why didn't the jump with your fork locked out "count?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by eggraid101
    Good story, sorry about the injury, those are always tough. I hope you have a quick recovery. I'm not a downhiller - why didn't the jump with your fork locked out "count?"
    Honestly... I have no idea.

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    Great story. Give your shoulder some time to heal. I did something similar two weeks before my first Fruita trip and managed to salvage the trip, but just barely.

    Congrats on hitting the gap. Photos, please.

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    I did the same thing... I touched my collar bone and it hurt, but only when touched, and I couldn't move my arm.. I guess I did the same thing as you and did something to my rotator cuff..
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    Good Job!
    But where's the pics of you cleaning this gap?
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    nice job girl!!

    i'm always in awe of anyone who has the testosterone (or, in this case estrogen) to let the rubber leave terra firma. the only time that happens to me it's by accident and the results are usually ugly.

    heal quick!!

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    Clearly you should be riding rigid!!

    Congrats on making the gap, and heal up quick

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    Sadly, all the pics I have are really lame. I was the photographer, had only a small digital camera, and it was a night ride.

    Here's the group:


    Here's the sidewalk gap with DHS going over it. He always clears it well. None of the other guys have. When we looked at the tracks of where I landed... it was waaaay out there. They said I was flying.


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    great story. Heal up quick and keep riding!

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    sorry to hear Laura...heal quick...congrats on hitting it....any pictures of the gap??
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    As I said, the photos are all really dark. The one above shows the sidewalk, then DHS on his bike about a 1-2 feet in the air.

    We go every week, so I'll be sure to get a good photo next time. Probably Sunday after next.

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    great story! sorry about the shoulder but i'm sure it was worth it!
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    [QUOTE=sunnyracegirl]I probably don't post here as often as I should... I love hearing everyone's stories about conquering this, that, or the other thing... so, here's my latest! I would post this in the DH forum, but most of those guys are ADHD poster children and would decide there are too may words here...


    Great story! Sorry to hear about your injury. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Sorry to hear about your injury also.
    Are you giving it the heat treatment? ie warm moist heat for 20 to 30 mins. several times a day if possible. Also riding a stationary bike often while you're healing helps too because it speeds up the blood-flow and therefore the healing process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobretti
    Sorry to hear about your injury also.
    Are you giving it the heat treatment? ie warm moist heat for 20 to 30 mins. several times a day if possible. Also riding a stationary bike often while you're healing helps too because it speeds up the blood-flow and therefore the healing process.
    Thanks for that. I had not thought of heat.

    About the stationary bike, um, actually... I lead a beginner group ride every Thursday. I checked it out this morning before heading up to the shop, and I was able to ride a road bike if I was really careful about getting on and off and clipping in/out. (I'm a terrible patient.) I only had a couple painful moments when I slipped a pedal getting clipped back in after a stop light. Otherwise the ride was fine. We took a route that put us on a bike path, and in minimal traffic.

    I'm taking Vitalzymes, which are supposed to help speed healing. It's feeling better already.

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