Tuesday, September 1, 2009

TIIIIIMBERRRRR

Okay so I had a nice spill yesterday. First a little background. As a kid, I was never very good at riding a bike. I didn't really enjoy it and never quite got the balance down. So they say you never forget and well I guess I didn't but when you aren't very good to start with...

Well James LOVES to ride. Mountain bike, road bike- he has both. So he has wanted me to learn and be able to ride with him and I finally caved. We started a few months back and much to my surpise I did okay. Still nerve racking, but I could do it. We did a couple nights just riding right by the house and then took a ride with Sariah in our neighborhood and over to a nearby neighborhood. My sister loaned us her bike trailer for Sariah to ride in. And Sariah really loves to go. So I pulled it once and thought I was so out of shape I might pass out right there. But managed 2 miles or so with her.

So James wanted to go again last night and had decided that he could hook Sariah up to the road bike (which I can't ride because I'm too short- yes he made me try). So I said yeah I would try it without her. But he had added the foot straps to the mountain bike which is what I can ride. So he wanted me to try using them with at least one foot. Which I could start that way so I thought okay I will try. So we started off and I was doing okay. Had my right foot in the strap and the left foot not using the strap. We get to the end of our street where we cross over to another neighborhood and have to stop for traffic.

So I had the pedals in the position where I should start off using my left foot. I'm not very good with the left. I'm VERY right side dominant on most things and this is no exception. So I try to go and I'm trying to use the left foot to start and going up hill and trying to get onto the road while James has already taken off. Well of course my balance goes off. And I start to fall to....the right side. Yeah the side that I have my foot in the straps on. And I can't get my foot out because well I'm not that coordinated yet. So it felt like I just slow motion fell like a tree (hence the Timber title) Falling straight onto my ride side- hard on the concrete. There was nothing I could do but fall over.

So today I have nice bruises on my elbow, and the inside of my knee where it hit the bike. The knee one is the worst because I can't put my knees together- it hurts. And just a little achy all over. But surprisingly my hip did not bruise- thank you pregnancy love handles!

And yes my sister has already chastised me and told me that I'm not allowed to ride anymore until I'm not pregnant. The baby seems just fine and was still nice and active today. So I know I'm nuts. But it was a really fun thing that we could all 3 do and enjoy. But I will probably hold off until after this baby comes to try again.

10 comments:

Alaska Law said...

I hate that feeling--you know what's about to happen and you can't do anything to stop it! Glad to hear you are ok!

KC Mom said...

Oh man, it wouldn't be fun to be laid up like your sister in casts for the rest of your pregnancy!
I feel yesterday too...only mine was just because I'm a spaz...

kristin elaine said...

It must be something in the air this week. I am really glad you didn't break anything.

McAtee Family said...

What are you thinking??? Can you feel the lecture coming on? I will stop commenting now so I don't go into lecture/crazy pregnant lady mode on you. Glad you BOTH are doing well!

Shauna said...

girl....NO more bike riding until after that baby!! hope you feel better soon. i fell hard running in the mountains at my moms...took me over a week to recover. ouch!

Amber said...

I did that exact thing last summer. Hate those foot straps! Please stay away from anything else dangerous!

Lisa said...

I think I will try to skip this sisterly trend, although my balance isn't much better sometimes. Glad you are OK.

Rob the Blog Ninja said...

I read that entire thing and it didn't say anything about you trying to ride a wheelie up the street one handed. I smell a cover-up!

James said...

You're a great bike rider. You fell really slowly, so I don't think there was any chance of damage to you or the baby. And it will toughen you up for next time! I agree that you should wait until Spring to ride again, but I'm really sad about it!

Ridin' like a maniac,
James

Sam and Lacey said...

Is it okay to say that I laughed at your story? Because I did.

Glad you're okay!