Every now and then you have a ride where nothing seems right.
You are off your game slightly; the legs just don’t seem to have enough for the climbs; your lines in and out of corners are terrible.
It’s during rides like these you have simple offs. A misjudged corner and you hit it with too much speed and end up in the trees or in the dirt. Other times you can’t get your shoes out in time and end up on your side with a large chunk of mountain bike using you as a pillow.
Then there are days when you are dialled in and everything feels good.
…And then you meet the ground…
Luge at Mt Stromlo did a number on me this day
I bruised my patella, tore some ligaments and got some nice gravel rashAn attempt at a “wicked” jump at the end of my first CORC XC race saw me come off at speed and smash into the ground. Lots of gravel rash from my feet to shoulder but the best was yet to come.A Grade 2 tear in my pectorals major and a few weeks of sling and painkiller action to come.
Currently I’m off the bike for a few weeks while my chest and shoulder heals. It’s a huge let down considering the amount of training I’ve been doing in the past couple of months. I’m faster and fitter on the bike than I have been before and now I have no choice but to not ride or risk further injury and time off the bike.
I’m hoping I will be back on the bike in time for the next CORC XC race in early May, but only time will tell.