|yeah, that's a complete AC Separation|
|Road rash from Hell|
It wasn't pretty.
After my injury and subsequent surgery, it took me a while to get to where I really believed I was ever going to ride on the road again. Plus, my trainer is really comfy. Why would I want to leave comfy? Oh, and then there were my million and one excuses.
At first, I couldn't ride outside. My arm didn't have enough mobility to safely steer and balance the bike.
Then, I just got scared. It was probably better for me to wait.
And then, winter rolled around and it got too cold out to ride. Oh, well.
But this weekend, that all changed. I knew I had to start riding outside. My arm was functioning. The weather was gorgeous. All that was left was my fear. And I was going to have to get over it.
I know it may seem silly, but this was a big deal for me. Crashing scares me. Cars scare me. My clipless pedals that I had yet to use scared me. My new wicked fast bike, TigerBlood scares me. There was a whole lot of fear going on.
Fear that I conquered. Mostly.
I still fear cars.
And the speed that I can produce on my wicked fast bike.
But, I already got that "everyone falls while unclipping" thing out of the way. So, I really came out ahead.
After Saturday's ride, I'm less scared. And I know it will get better.
And if it doesn't, I will just ride really slowly on race day.