- Getting my head sorted following dark side accident
It’s been six months since I was found semi-conscious lying in the road with a subsequent 3 day stay in hospital. Despite having a shoulder separation and large haematoma, after a month I started riding but only on a mountain bike.
Whilst pleased to be riding, I am terrified of getting back on my lovely road bike. I obviously have some issues due to my body needing surgery but am terrified of descending at speed.
Surgery is scheduled for this week but am worried that I can’t see myself getting on my new road bike ever again. 🙁
How can I sort out my head?Posted 7 years agoLeeWMember
Is there any where you could just get out and maybe session a quiet stretch of road descent? Even if you have to drive there with your bike.
Just to get you confidence back on the road you could build up from there, maybe go with a friend?
Edit: Glad you’re back riding and I hope the op goes well.Posted 7 years agoPrinceJohnMember
I’m currently laid up with a broken femur after a road bike accident on the commute home, I spent a week in hospital.
I’m looking forward to getting back on the mountain bike, but am not sure how confident I’m going to be when the time comes to get back on the road bike. Or even how long it’s going to take to get back to doing the commute.
Not much help, but at least it’s someone in the same boat!Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for the replies. 🙂
toys – I got in contact with Tony some time ago cos I know he can help. Seem to have some kind of mental block concerning the road.
I frequently look at the road bike and then look away quickly! I have no memory of the accident but the nice man who found me reckoned I hit some gravel. Rider error, quite simply. 😳Posted 7 years agodobiejessmoMember
This may not help but i had accident in 1990 while in a MTB race going up a road climb looked down looked up got someones helmet in my face should of been closed roads.Broke nose,jaws/ teeth etc.Week in Newport hospital.Point i am making is soon as i got back to riding again went over the bars in a race realised i was not mashed up again.In other words everycrash you have wont be as bad.Ever since that never had problem.Posted 7 years ago
As said above try a quiet road.If someone has taken you out then try not to blame yourself as its nothing to do with you.You just need to rip down a road one day thinking of something nice find you are fine at the bottom and hopefully that will help.Try those Paul Mckcnna books.dobiejessmoMember
I wrote that while your reply came up.We all make mistakes.I did looking down then up wrong side of road blind corner.Posted 7 years ago
Worse thing was i was leading the race last lap and a £50 1st prize.Then the mess afterwards.
You can beat it.Might sound silly but for a few rides but some body armour on might help.stevomcdSubscriber
Don’t rush it, just go out for short, easy rides and build your confidence back up slowly. The more riding you do, the easier it will get.
I had a massive crash on the road (head-on with a car, lucky to still be walking and talking) about 6 years ago and I’m still not keen on descending roads at full speed. I don’t think this is entirely a bad thing!Posted 7 years ago
I think the suggestion of riding somewhere different, away from home, is a good one. 🙂 I’m lucky to have some great road riding straight from the door but it involves the road where said accident happened. 🙁
Really was hoping that by now I would have been pootling on the road bike but … I have a few days before the op … could this be the impetus I need?
Thanks again for helpful replies and no thanks for the suggestion of WTFU!Posted 7 years agoHerman ShakeMember
Don’t force progression, listen to your feelings but also trust that you were competent before this and everyone has offs at some point or another.
If it means riding around slowly for a while, that is an achievement relative to not riding at all. Set manageable goals and praise yourself for reaching them.
Popping out on the road bike for 5 minutes is a start if it’s really severe. Round the block and back, that’s all and commend yourself for having done this. Then when you feel ready, do another block/few minutes etc etc. Graduated recovery will be better for your mind and body, eventually you’ll be riding for durations/distances that you used to but it’s going to need a little time. Obviously adapt the target times to suit your comfort. I’d also say avoid the location in the beginning of your re-adapting.
Good luck with the op, ultimately you need to be the definer of your goals. The fact that your riding your mtb is a pretty good sign!Posted 7 years agoSuggseyMember
I know this is a bit left field but I would suggest taking the road bike down a non vehicle gravelly route-slowly to start off with and just get used to the wheels moving around under you, then progress to slightly faster speeds-note slightly faster not full tilt as I would never recommend it for reasons that you and other pro riders have hit the deck!Posted 7 years ago
You will have learnt from the mistake you made and we have all done it and it will make you more cautious from now on (mine is on white lines having had more than one lay down caused by wet white lines on a road bike).
Your MTB skills with loose wheel grip will help your road bike skills and with time you will get back on he road bike on busy roads.
Finally unless your profession is the sport that you were injured doing it will always take you longer after a bad injury to fully commit back into the sport be it Rugby, football or MTB’ing ( I still shirk skinny northshore after breaking multiple ribs)CubedMember
I know it’s a bit daft – but part of it is having confidence in your kit as well. I find checking bike after each ride and before i go back out helps. If it’s a downhill issue inest in some better brakes and good all round tyres. Hopefully this might help bring your confidence back up.
It will be fine – just takes time, and maybe seeing Jedi isn’t a bad idea.Posted 7 years agolittlegirlbunnyMember
Sorry to hear about the crash and lack-of-mojo. I don’t know anything about road riding, but I do know about loosing confidence through a crash/injury.
It will come back, because you want it too (you wouldn’t have posted here if you didn’t want it to!). The suggestion of riding with a ladies group is a great one. As is the one about crashing. I had a nasty off this year, which was worse than my first break+op….but it didn’t really phase me as I had already been through the broken-fixed-regain confidence cycle. The first time I had a break+op it scarred me mentally for probably 18 months. This time I was hitting the big stuff within a few weekends of being out of cast.
Good luck (and ignore the WTFU comments!)Posted 7 years agocozmobozoMember
I had a bad crash about 1 year ago on the road bike. I am still not completely sure what happened but from what I gather the bike slid out on a corner and I hit the Tarmac face first. I won’t go into details about the injuries but it was mainly all facial and dental. I have never been in so much pain and for such a long period of time. It has affected me massively on the road bike. I used to love road cycling but since my accident I have ridden my road bike about 10 times.
The advice that I can give you would be to do your best to get back out on it and as soon as you can. Only do what you feel comfortable doing and take pleasure in the small improvements that you make. It will take time for you to get back to where you were but if you are patient you will get there. Also I find it is good to give yourself something to look forward to. Even if it’s just a favourite coffee stop, it will help take your mind of things and reduce any anxious feelings.
It is also always good to talk about your feelings with someone, spreads the load and usually helps you to see things from a different perspective.
Hope this helps you a bit ,
JonPosted 7 years agobeckykirk43Member
Hope you’re op goes well c_g – at least when that’s over it’ll be one less thing to worry about!
Once you’re healed enough to get out on the bike grab a friend and take it slowly, sure it won’t take long to build up your confidence again! Don’t try and do too much too soon if you’re not comfortable with it – bikes are supposed to be fun 🙂
Maybe avoid the crash site for a little while, but make sure you do go back there, and ride past it – once you’ve proved to yourself that you can (which you definitely will!) I’m sure you’ll be fine!Posted 7 years agolarge418Member
Bust my tib and fib 2.5 years ago biking – it took 6 months for the basic skills to come back, and 2 years to forget I ever did it. I am back to how I was now, and am probably riding harder than before. Still can’t resist those flat out descents though.Posted 7 years ago
Start gently and work up, ride with friends, enjoy the biking, then slowly it will return. Avoid gravel on the road bike, and white lines in the wet, and manhole covers, and potholes, but there are some enjoyable bits in between that lot.SoloMember
I’m sorry to learn of your accident and subsequent injuries.
Sounds pretty bad.
All I can offer is my own experience.
I had a bad crash on the 1st October last year.
Shredded face from trying to plough the verve with my head, I think.
Very badly bruised neck and shoulders.
Broke both bones in a wrist.
However, I was on the bike less than 10 days later, while still wearing the cast.
I did’t think too much about it and rode very slowly.
I have no recollection of the accident from the point where the bars started to go, until I was lying in the road, on my back, thinking WTF !.
What seems to have worked for me.
Was getting back on the bike, but riding super carefully.
If you can understand what went wrong in your accident, that may help.
I hope you do get back on your bike.
Make sure its set up correctly, tyre pressures, brakes, etc.
And just take it slowly.
Maybe go Solo first of all, so as not to be distracted with chatting while riding.
I hope your surgery goes well.Posted 7 years agowwaswasSubscriber
I broke my hip 10 years ago falling off my mtb.
I got back on the bike after about 4 months when I’d healed enough but, tbh, it’s really only in the last year that I’ve had enough confidence to do any sort of ‘technical’ riding.
I still enjoyed riding xc and wasn’t embarassed about mincing my way along at the back of a group but it was a mental thing that was stopping me.
As above, don’t try and push yourself, accept that your mind is going to try and protect your body from a repeat of the same accident (albeit subconciously to a large part) but do try and get out on the road bike in an environment where you feel safe.
Maybe go somehwere really flat if you crashed on a descent and just get some miles in.
In the end though, if you don’t enjoy riding a road bike anymore (for whatever reason – people stop ridign road/mtb’s all the time you only hvae to look on here for evidence of that) then maybe just accept it and continue to enjoy riding your mtb?Posted 7 years ago
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