Sunday, September 30, 2007

Broken

First, I direct you to this post over at Brazo's blog, especially the title, and the part that talks about how he intelligently chose against the route marked with the intimidating "really hard, advanced riders only" sign.

Then, I direct you to this post, especially the story I share at the beginning.

Updated:

So if you missed it earlier, the gist of this post is: I broke my hand on my moutain bike this weekend, riding a section of trail clearly marked "Really really difficult" but that I chose to risk because I was dumb. Anyway, the original post that I wrote last night, as I read it today a night's sleep away from the event, was kind of whiney and feeling sorry for myself. Normally I think the stillshot-in-time of a blog post is part of the fun, but in this case I felt like the post was taking myself way more seriously than I was really feeling about it. So, rather than irritate myself with its existence, I'm just refreshing the post.

It's not a big deal. It's a pain in the ass. Well the hand, actually, but the ass, metaphorically. I can still type and work for a living. I chose not to have a cast, opting instead for an ACE bandage ("sympathy wrap", as my sister calls it...ha!)whenever I'm not working or working out. I'll be back on my road bike in no time. The mtn. bike, probably not for the next 4-6 weeks. That's really about all. Oh, except that I'll be riding trails from now on that are clearly within my skill level and abilities.

That's all! Carry on!

9 comments:

Team Brazo said...

OMG, I feel terrible -- I was so pumped to point out these awesome trails to you so close to our town. Hopefully, everything will heal fast and you'll be right back at it. Even though we didn't not venture down that path -- we thought about it -- so don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes if you don't take that "chance" you'll never now your limits. Those "chances" carries over into life, business, sports, etc -- your aggressiveness has obviously done well for you up to this point. Bummer...

xt4 said...

Don't feel horrible Brazo, it certainly wasn't your fault! I'm sure things will heal up just fine and before you know it we'll hit those trails together next spring. Thanks for your concern!

Team Brazo said...

xt4 - I found this quote on a web site prior to going on the trails -- I should have shared it with you.

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There is an advanced loop of singletrack which is quite awesome, but very technical. If you can't clear the log piles at the start with confidence, DO NOT PROCEED...you will be walking, or bleeding, or both.
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xt4 said...

Ha! That's hilarious, in a grim sort of way, seeing as how I was both walking AND bleeding...

CznE said...

Don't be down, Chris. It's a wake up call, and in the whole grand scheme of things, not that bad. Everything happens for a reason- this is a broken finger, not a broken face or neck or worse. So, for anything it's worth, my encouraging words are: don't be down, just be thankful.

xt4 said...

Yeah, I hear you CznE - a broken hand (not a finger, btw) isn't too big a deal in the grand scheme, and I'm mostly getting over it today. Just a stupid thing to have happen. Oh well. Such is life.

czne said...

I mean hand. Mom gets the details mixed up and that's what was in my head... hand is a bigger deal than a finger. Hand is a big deal.

xt4 said...

Yes, tremendous. Breaking my hand is tantamount to Lord Vader cutting off Luke's hand in Cloud City. In fact, I'm going to see about bionics, and if nothing else just wearing a black glove around on the one hand. Or perhaps, carrying a lightsaber around.

This is a fun conversation we're having here in the comments section, CznE.

TZilla said...

DUDE! That really sucks. I guess you can look at the positive and be thankful it's only this. At least you can still run and ride the road bike. Imagine breaking your foot or something where you're completely laid up. Well drink your milk and rest up!