When I found out that I had fractured my foot hiking on Memorial Day, I was relieved when the orthopedist told me that cycling should be okay. I upped my indoor cycling schedule to two days a week, and found that it didn’t bother my foot as long as I didn’t spend too much time doing “standing runs.” Riding on the bike path didn’t bother my foot at all, and I was amazed at how fresh my legs felt since they weren’t tired from running.
Well, this weekend I found out that cycling might not be that good for my recovery as the doctor thought, and maybe this summer’s gonna hurt more than I expected!
We were doing an out-and-back from Roosevelt Island to Mt. Vernon–basically the length of the Mt. Vernon Trail. As we approached Mt. Vernon, we noticed how visibly humid it was–it looked foggy in the woods and the pavement looked wet. (^foreshadowing)
My first epic fall came near the Ft. Hunt Park hill. If you run or ride on this part of the Mt. Vernon Trail, you know which one I’m talking about. Heading north, there’s a steep, twisty downhill followed by a flat footbridge, followed by a steep uphill. I came slowly down the hill and was picking up speed on the bridge when my bike slid out from under me! I landed on my side, conked my head (yay for helmets!), and got some road rash on my hip. As I lay on the bridge, I noticed that it was slick with a layer of moisture from the humidity. I guess my bike just lost traction on the slick surface. Once I recovered from the shock of what happened, I figured out that I was OK to keep riding back, and so we did.
My second epic fall came right at the end of our ride, at the Roosevelt Island parking lot. There’s a place where the trail makes a right turn and then ends at the road. As I approached the road, I saw an oncoming bike to my left and an oncoming car to my right, so I stopped suddenly, but I didn’t unclip, so I fell over and landed on my other side. This time I knew that I was going to fall before it happened, but I was too tired to care! Between my first fall, riding 36 miles, and the heat and humidity, I just didn’t care enough to try to unclip at the last second.
Although my second fall was less scary, it was the most frustrating because I let it happen, and because it aggravated my injured foot. My foot had been feeling better, but it was throbbing again. Now I’m back to icing, resting, and wondering how many days this fall set my recovery back.
I really like this Maroon 5 song, but I don’t want to make it my theme song!
What’s your favorite summertime song?