It's been a while since I've had a proper off and had something to show for it. Well, that is up until last night....
I think something like 18 months or more have passed without major incident; had plenty of departing moments, but nothing particularly ouchy or bloody.... And as a result my riding has been getting rather cocky as of late.
Was in Vinschgau last week with the GF and am now down on lake Garda on my own.
Was stupidly hot yesterday so I bought myself a paper, sat down by the lake yet still managed to fall asleep in the midday sun (nice shade of red down my right side). Rather than waste a complete day I jumped on my bike at 6ish and rode up the Brione to catch the sunset. You know that feeling of "F yeah!" when everything feels right.... The front wheel was going where I wanted it to, the back drifting around the tight corners, hitting every little bump just right carrying me over the next obstacle..... Just as I was in the "zone".... bam! I've clipped a branch that sends me flying several metres down the trail into a bush. I drag myself out, run up and check the bike and spin the wheels. Everything seems fine. Then I notice my right pinky is a bit ouchy. Pull off my glove to find I've skinned a chunk of skin off. No great shakes. As I start on my way again I realise that it hurts when I pull the rear brake. By the time I get to the bottom my left index finger has swollen up.
I think it might be broken. I've just got back from the hospital, but can't be doing with a four hour wait in a stifling hot room with a tv turned up to 11 blasting out some trashy Italian version of Judge Judy. Besides, I'll be home tomorrow.
For the mean time I've bandaged it to the middle finger to prevent me using it.
Biggest bugger is that I may not be able to work the next few weeks/month (really should get some money coming in considering I've not worked at all throughout April!). Perhaps it's time to consider some insurance....
But crashing isn't such a bad thing. Makes you realise that you're not the riding god you think you are. Brings you back to reality, albeit with a bump.