Last night, I met some of the MoCo DCTri group at a LBS called Conte's. It was supposed to be a moderate ride for about 20-25 miles. As my fellow riders arrived, I started to feel very inadequate. They had AWESOME bikes.. like their wheels cost more than my whole bike. And they wore "proper" bike gear. I on the other hand, wanted to embrace my nickname of Pinkie, so I wore my pink knee high socks, black Tri shorts with pink stitching, and a pink shirt (under my purple windbreaker). I even wore pink sunglasses (I have more pink in my wardrobe than I had originally thought). Of course, NO ONE had knee high socks on. And I am pretty sure there is NO WAY I am going to lose the nickname Pinkie anytime soon.
My goal for the ride was not to be the last person. Little did I know, there were several "sweepers" so it was impossible. The ride to the turn around point was pretty "easy" and I felt good. The camaraderie amongst the 30+ riders was nice. There were a couple of hills and I was in the back for most of them.... which I was ok with. At the turn around, a group decided to take "the hill" to get a little more of a workout.... TG was one of those.
What happened? Ummmm, well at some point, I took my eye off the guy in front of me (did I mention he had a VERY expensive Cervelo?) for a split second, and then I saw my front tire, hit his back tire... and down I went. Did I mention we were probably at around 15 mph? Apparently it was loud (I don't remember). I had 3 initial thoughts:
1. The riders behind me are going to run over me.
2. How am I going to do my long run on Saturday?
3. I hope I didn't damage the Cervelo.
Since this was an organized ride, I had LOTS of support. More support than I had wanted, really. The pace line "organizer" helped me get the bike off of me, and the sweeper immediately started checking my vitals. I really just wanted to get out of the road and start riding again. I was torn between embarrassment and pain. BTW: The Cervelo was FINE and no other rider was injured or even fell - Yay!
Thankfully, I had the knee high socks or my legs would have been badly scraped. When I initially tried to stand, my right calve muscle seized... I think it was partially because the bike fell on me. I was helped up and asked to stand on one foot, follow his finger, lean forward... and eventually asked to ride slow to get my footing again. I obliged, but was mortified... and sore. My right butt cheek really hurt.
We probably had about 3-4 miles to get back to the shop. Eventually, TG heard about my wreck and slowed down to make sure I was okay! I tried to be strong, but he could see through me. I was shaken up and truthfully, just wanted to cry. Again, more embarrassed than anything else.
We ended at the shop, and I wanted to ride straight to my car. Actually I told TG that was what I was going to do... but then again, I felt like I was running away. I stopped listened to the wrap up where they congratulated everyone for "avoiding the rider when she fell and for the people in front of her not causing more wrecks by stopping suddenly". Yeah, I was a lesson of what to do when a rider goes down. I tried to play it off... but really, any second, I was going to lose it.
I started to walk my bike back to my car, and TG came riding up. He tried to talk to me, but I really just wanted to get to my car and cry. And that is exactly what I did. I did not even put my bike on my car. I simply set it against the back of my car and climbed in the back seat and cried. And then I examined my injuries. My calve was bruised and sore. My butt, felt like I had taken the skin off it but, nothing, visible. My elbows... scrapped, hole in shirt, but a "mere flesh wound"!
I started to change out of my gear.... crying a little, trying to laugh it off. My pride was hurt... badly. More importantly, I thought Athena was badly hurt, but again, just some minor scrapes.
1. There is only one First Wreck, right? I think some of my embarrassment was because I was probably one of the least experienced riders there.... and I obviously stood out in all pink... and I was the one that fell. Nothing like drawing attention to myself. If I was really good and I fell, then I probably would have laughed.
2. I probably should not be talking, riding, and practicing something new while on Athena until I get more practice.
3. Everyone falls.... eventually. And the group seemed more concerned and supportive than annoyed that the newbie fell so they had to stop.
4. My bruises do NOTHING to tell the story of the pain or fall. Could be a good thing, but really, there is nothing like a huge black bruise to get you some sympathy. As TG said, "Your shorts aren't even torn!" True, but if they were... it would have been one more thing to be upset about - tearing my $100 Tri shorts.
I feel a little sore today... and I am still attempting my long run tomorrow. I have Bob on deck so it will be fun to catch up.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you are a mother, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!