'man overboard'!! or in this case 'woman onroad'!! ugh yes i fell!!
on a training ride for the 300km BRM, we planned to do 220-240 km from pune to satara and back!! 4 of us started from ncl pashan at 9:45 pm, varun, sandeep, gagan and myself, with lights, reflectors adn the rest of it.... except that there were stretches where inspite of the bike lights, the glare of the oncoming traffic made it impossible to see where we were riding!!
fortunately the road is really good all the way, NH4 to b'lore that is.
anyhow we did pretty good time after the climb for katraj tunnel. just past shirwal 70kms out at the base of the khambatki ghat, varun and sandeep decided to stop, and the only reason gagan adn i carried on was because this was our last weekend to train!
so we rode up the ghat and set a good pace till satara and turned oround at 112.5 kms! strangely, on the other side, that is heading to pune there was very little traffic and the almost full moon was low in the sky, soon after turning back on a down slope it was pitch dark!!! i went off the road, lost control and kissed the road!
i picked myself up and was reassured that nothing was broken.... except skin!! fortunately there was no mirror so i had to rely on gagan's horrified reaction to tell me that my face was not a pretty sight! i could anyway feel the blood drip!! ugh... i know... a bit sickening!! gagan donated his napkin to the cause! i was pretty shook up, and couldn't actually tell where all i was hurt.
later it turns out be 2 knees, 1 thigh, 1 elbow, 1 shoulder, 1 palm, 1 wrist, 1 nose, 1 chin and 1/2 a forehead... phew!! injuries, falls are a part of the territory of any activity, even walking!! and while i firmly believe that some amount of injuries are good for health, helps increse immunity and trains your body to deal with healing, sports injuries can get serious and beyond teh scope of self healing! i was lucky this time to get away with a few knocks and a lot of road rash! the risks increses with sport and one tries to minimise them by observing basic safety precautions!
i msut admit that at the point that i fell, my light was NOT on. i was using it after a long time and it turned out to be very dim. another light i had put on fell off... i did have issues with the lights, and should have been better prepared. secondly i have no doubt that there was a momentary loss of concentration and control over the bike! fatigue may be one contributory factor but perhaps it was also complacency!!
anyway at 4:15 a.m. we had no choice but to keep cycling. another 12 kms later i got a ride in a newspaper delivery van, to join varun and sandeep! teh 2 of them had been freezing their butts in a roadside dhaba and were in no mood to cycle back either. the plan was to do some damage assesment, some first aid thanks to sandeep, and try and get a tempo to take us all back to pune. fortuntaely we had no luck with that and i suggested taht we ride till the next town and try our luck there!!
now this is waht i love about cycling.... once back in the saddle one doesn't feel like stopping.... we decided to continue until we felt like it.... and ended up riding back all the way to pune. i managed to do 200 kms, not as much as planned but what the hell!! all 3 of us felt great that we rode ourselves back! i laughed at one point and said that th injuries were masking the normal pain of long distance riding!!