Monday, April 9, 2012

A Boxer's Break

damn.stupid.I am not a very good poster boy for biking. 
Some studies show bike commuters are more healthy and take fewer sick days. Then there's guys like me.

The details - Well I was just crossing Maxwell at Elm St, going south, on my way to work last Tuesday. I usually turn left onto Maxwell, but something about a truck going north on Elm St made me decide to go straight, even after he'd signaled a left turn and was waiting for me to cross the intersection. Which I did. But then what do I do? After I clear him, I suddenly go oh let's turn left. Bad idea - don't know if I turned too sharp and/or hit some gravel, but I went down. It's amazing how hard you can hit the ground at a slow speed! landed on my side and hand. Knocked the wind out of me. Looked at my hand and it didn't look so good. Thought should go to urgent care. 

Went to work instead. Muddled my way through the day until 3pm when it was time to go to my previously scheduled appt at Rockwood Dermatology. Man, 4th Ave is bumpier than I remember it. RN Theresa examines my hand and tells me I have what's called a boxer's fracture. Great. She calls X-ray and urgent care for me and I head over to the main clinic where X-rays confirm her diagnosis. No cracks in my ribs but they sure are painful.

So I'm out 6-8 weeks, depending on what the hand specialist that I see tomorrow says. Cruel fortune - made it through winter and I crash on a nice spring day. It doesn't help that people like Kent's Bike Blog and 26InchSlicks are posting terrific biking pictures as part of the 30 days of biking. That John Wayne Trail sure looks inviting.

Well, I'm still hoping to do STP and maybe a few Wednesday Night Mountain Bike races. We'll see.

The bike is ok, just a little torn up handle bar grip. 

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