Maybe you can see the swelling, maybe not, but you can skin the cuts on the skin. Those I don't even notice. The muscles above and to the inside of the knee are tight and very sore. Ibuprofen is helping, 100% or not, I will still be there to try for the Tri-peet at Ragnarok.
I was raised in the "hood", self-taught to survive on scraps of old inner tubes and changing bike tires with my teeth. Life is a struggle for me not to be another statistic that so many become after being raised in a caucasion middle class family. I now am a husband, bike mechanic, land lord, stay at home dad, and wannabe mountain bike racer.