Carpediem wrote:Take care man. Wish you a speedy recovery.
hitanshu wrote:Jesus man. Get well soon. That sounds like a nasty tumble.
deepakvrao wrote:All the best for the surgery Rahul.
sunil_r wrote:Gosh Rahul - you take that 13 in your handle seriously. Get well soon.
Thanks all for all the good wishes. Really appreciate it. Am home now and just had the first dressing changed. Surgery went really well. Posting before and after xrays because im really amazed at what medicine can do. In the 'after' xray you cant even see where the break was.
I was rather bummed out because I had my sights set on the bbch dh race in july. i knew the big bikes couldnt be beaten but i wanted to try and be among the quicker hardtails on the day. the day i crashed i had done a few sub 1:30 runs without pushing hard which wasnt too shabby considering i only got back on the saddle 10 days before. oh well, guess that'll have to wait.
@hathidum, venky and shankar: Thanks guys. Tough nut? Stubborn and a little soft in the head is probably more accurate. Protective gear - I was wearing a full face motocross helmet and leg guards. Ironically the arm guards are due to arrive in a few days and i was 'taking it easy' until they did (look how that turned out). hathidum, funnily enough, i wanted to head to the nandi dh but remembering ur horror story, was waiting till all my gear landed before i did. will have to wait another few months i guess. venky, its hard to imagine the fixie demon having knee problems running. you should revisit it man.
@stalker: thanks man. valamont indeed looks beautifully flowy and scary. did you have the temerity to take ur cross bike there or is there a big dh bike in your stable which you've been hiding from us?
@psynide: i feel your pain man.. hit up ligament zen master sumit (alphazed1). he's severed and/or damaged some half dozen odd ligaments in his body and is now literally fighting fit (trains ppl in kickboxing). he just might be able to help you. anything's worth a shot i guess..
Stuff I learnt
- never ride alone, particularly if you're headed to some remote offroad location. i actually really enjoy alone time and was at turahalli alone that day. a friend happened to wake up late and joined me really late. had he not been there i have no idea how id have coped. he brought the bikes down the hill, made a sling out of a spare tube, loaded the bikes up and drove me home - none of which i could have done seeing as i was in a lot of pain and had only one good hand.
- the cycling community here is awesome and takes care of its own. ive never wholly bought into the community theory but it was there to see and was really amazing. my ortho operates at sita bhateja hosp and so a friend of mine called arvind bhateja and he was so very very kind. he went out of his way to look out for a stranger who was simply a fellow cyclist. i was really really touched. it also helped that he's converted all the docs in his hosp into cyclists. i hardly had to explain anything. funny story: on my way into the operation theatre, the head nurse asked how and where i was injured. when i said offroad cycling at a place called turahalli, he nodded knowingly. turns out he was in the ambulance which was on standby during lat year's bbch dh race.
- shit happens! you can try and be careful and minimise risk and things could still happen to you. dont let it beat you down. get over it and get back on that saddle.
(grammar police, forgive the lack of caps - one hand typing)