iiiiiiiii’m pretty tired of talking about my accident. But giving an update seems necessary since I’m picking up on a few rumours that I’m now horribly and permanently disfigured and can’t walk anymore.
YOU'D LIKE THAT, WOULDN'T YOU.
I can understand why people would think this though, based on the one eat-shit selfie I posted on Instagram and all the horrors it subsequently inspired the imagination to think up. Most don't even know the exact gruesome details of my crash. So here, I’ll lay it all out for you now…
I was doing a weekly night ride with a fixed gear cycling group. I was drafting the leader (who is my “cycling sensei”) in a paceline and averaging about 36km/hr—which certainly isn’t Nibali-descending speed obviously, but neither is it considered slow. I felt like I was losing my leader’s rear and I gave one last hard stroke just to keep on him and I ended up hitting his rear and going over the bar, complete with legs high in the air, landing hard on the road’s unpaved shoulder. What I remember feeling is hitting my head and smashing my face. I blacked out for maybe a second, but came to as soon as everyone crowded around me. All of the other injuries-- hand, knee, hip, shoulder-- which was all a gashed, fleshy, bloody mess-- I didn’t feel at all in the moment.
It was brutal, but one that came with weird bragging rights because I survived and I broke nothing. Not even stitches were required. And it wasn’t an embarrassing injury like tipping over.
But anyhow, let’s put a stop to these Quasimodo rumours, shall we?
Straight from the horse’s mouth—
- My smashed face looked the worst, but was actually the part of me that healed the fastest. It healed so well that there is, I shit you not, zero scarring. The morning I realized this, I reacted like I just healed from plastic surgery and saw my brand new ski-dive pet nose for the first time. My face went from smashed-looking to looking like nothing had ever happened to it-- in 2 days. BLESSED, SO BLESSED. #NotHarveyDent
My knee just has scars now that are fading away. I do not have a limp. I not only walk like a normal person, but I’m actually back on the bike!
My hip area has a big road rash scar that is also fading away. This area still feels bruised and tender when I press on it.
My shoulder (the worst) has a giant, angry scar on it now which I don’t think I’ll be able to reduce or make fade unfortunately. I found out two weeks after my crash that my supraspinatus (a part of my rotator cuff) was actually seriously injured when I smashed my shoulder. During the first two weeks after my crash, any type of arm movement was extremely difficult (hooking my bra was an effort in itself). I started going to physiotherapy again until I was able to get back full-range movement of my arm (I got back about 80% of movement within the first week I went. My physiotherapist is also a person of magic). I’m in physio once a week now to monitor my shoulder and I’m tethered to doing daily physio exercise homework for the next five weeks just so that it doesn’t freeze up (because this sometimes happens). I also went in for an ultrasound recently to make sure no tearing has happened.
My left index finger is still recovering from its bad sprain.
So that’s where I am right now. Y'know, not Harvey Dent.
I'm back on the bike and pulling my fitness, confidence, and speed back up.
See you back on the road! --or track! Which ever comes first!