Imagine lying with your loved out in the forest on a picnic blanket staring up at the sky and the tapestry of tree leaves above, soaking in the tranquillity, peace, love and happiness. This was NOTHING like that at all!
There I was staring up at the forest sky, wincing and trying not to cry out in excruciating pain. Having missed riding yesterday due to human failure in setting the alarm, I decided to go ride up Tokai this morning. All good as I feel strong and rested, you know having missed training yesterday, and up the single track I went, all the way round to Silvermine turning around and looking forward to all the single track going down. Well, going down is the operative word.
Coach Swen Lauer won’t be happy as I made a rookie error in getting my front wheel stuck sideways as I was going down the track and yes, stuck front wheel means body going forward, and no I didn’t go over the handle bar, all that happened is that with momentum (gravity, weight and speed) I hit my handle bar bar-end in an area that you normally wear protection for when batting in cricket. Enough said!
Now lying there on my back, again trying not to cry out like a baby baboon and by chance attract a mom Tokai baboon that might be roaming around, I just thought about if I will ever be able to get up, how bad is it and “insert swear words here”. Then, shucks, I need to get up, can spend my day lying around here, I need to be at the office by 8. As the pain slightly subsided I gingerly mountain my bike and continued further down the single track. With nausea setting in and breaking into a cold sweat, I “raced” down to the bottom (but look at the bright side with all the extra sweat and
adrenaline I at least burnt more calories) and for the fun of it veered off to even ride down Faerie Garden. Stopping at the gate to get some much needed water I just saw the forest workers, and an attractive lady trail runner, look at me strangely and so I looked down. I will not be wearing that bib shorts again.
Lesson learnt here, always concentrate and don’t be rushed to get to work when mountain biking.
PS: For all my lady followers, why not join my friend Vanessa Haywood for a Ladies Mountain Biking Weekend at Arabella Hotel and Spa, 6-8 December 2013. It promises to be loads of fun. Find all the details here www.vanessahaywood.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org