So it’s fairly easily known that I’m a klutz. I have a permanent bruise on my shins from trying to maneuver around the bed at night, I drop things regularly and don’t remind me of the time I tried to hop over a rope fence, tripped and landed face first in a parking lot. My mom should remember that one. I’ve also crashed my bike a few times, but when I was a kid, so the usual elbow and knee abrasions. I’ve been damn lucky not to have crashed on my bike within the last 10 years, so I was about due.
Yes, I crashed my bike. My newly built cyclocross bike. In my driveway.
I commute to and from work everyday, a whopping mile, and as I got home I figured I’m on the cross bike, I might as well try another running dismount to get the hang of things. I was very successful the other day at it, that hour of watching YouTube videos paid off. This time, I was not so lucky. I’m going to go ahead and blame me having the messenger bag on, because without it I would have totally made the landing.
Instead, mid-step-thru, I put my right leg behind my left leg (mistake), tried to unclip and went overboard. I laughed a bit, so the very long line of cars would think that A: it was planned that way or B: I’m crazy. Also that I was ok. Yeah, sure. Unfortunately we have a rock driveway, so as soon as I detangled myself from bike and stood up, I realized I’d be hurting for awhile. At roughly 5 miles an hour, plus the speed of my fall, it shouldn’t have hurt that bad, but according to today’s soreness I landed on mostly my left quad, a bit of my shoulder and a good deal on my left buttocks. I iced my leg a bit last night and this morning, and there’s not enough of a bruise to make it all worthwhile, but damn it hurts.
Ah, the dog just jumped on me. My ribs hurt, too, where the bike landed.
Ok, so this wasn’t an epic crash of any sorts, and I figured no one I knew saw it, so I’m good, right? Wrong. Not 10 minutes after it happened I get this:
So that was my first cyclocross crash. They’re all done with now, right? What was your most embarrassing crash?