A crash! Doh!
After a morning tootle to The Basin to be the startline holder for the Dougherty Tour 1:20 stage with Bev, and then an express lap of the Death Valley stage on the motorbike, it was off to the BBN velodrone for some sprint training. Dino, Emily and Mason Austen were the riders to come along, and it was Mason's first time on a velodrome (Mason, we have found your calling!). After a few rolling turns and warmups, it was time for flying 200's. A bit windy, so no times of any note, everyone did 2 unscathed, and everyone improved some aspect of their ride each time.
Then it was time for some practice match sprints. Drawn first up, Dino vs me. Dino has the lead. Dino and I have very similar F200 times today, so it's going to be a tactical race. No probs. Dino keeps me under control for the first bit, I'm happy for him to lead me for the first lap, but I know with a bit over one to go I want to make him go early - there's a headwind up the back straight and I want a wheel to suck before coming past at the bottom corner. So, coming off the bank I jump and start to come around Dino with the intent of making him react and then dropping in on his wheel into the headwind. Next thing, I'm airborne. I've pulled a pedal, and must have yanked the bars I think, anyway, a standing maximum acceleration interupted by a cleat disconnecting is no way to stay upright. Bang, into the ground, head first and then rolling to my left (I can tell, that's where I hurt and I lost the skin!). Lying in the grass checking for injuries, mostly ok, memory ok (yes, Howard is PM ... but hopefully not for much longer ...), collarbones ok, wrist sore (Tuff Keirin gloves ROCK!) but no skin off my palms despite hitting the ground palms first I think. Ribs on left side .. not so good. Not busted, but there's some bruising there, and a fair bit of debarking on my left knee, left elbow and left shoulder. Bike report - back wheel needs truing and the bars, ground away ... will need new bars. A little skin off my right knee, but only first layer stuff, no blood or plasma leaking there. Clothes mostly ok, no tears. Helmet, smashed to bits. Apart from being a bit vague (that's normal?) no other concussion evidence.
So I've cleaned up, used some quarts to clean the grit out (yah, that stings .. and when you're treating yourself it's kinda special!), and then wrapped Mefix on the skin abrasions. Coughing isn't much fun, but compared to Dino's busted ribs and lung puncture, it's nothing. I should HTFU! No Glenvale for me tomorrow, I was planning on getting down there for my first crit for this summer, but instead I'll stay home, write training programs and feel sorry for myself instead!
Thanks for the lift home, Dino and Mason, I owe you both a beer! Where's the codeine? .. I hurt!