Yesterday I went out to scope out the Eastwood singletrack. It was really iced over and dangerous as I expected. On my way out there I went over a 100 yard section of crazy ice on one bike path near my house and then about a 1/2 mile of glare ice on the backside path of Quarry Hill. On my way out I patted myself on the back for showing the ice who the boss was with no studs. I only needed one stud I figured. On the way back I was sketchy all over the Quarry Hill section and then went down hard on the shorter stretch near my house. As I fell to the side my new pedals didn't allow me to clip out in time and my pogies made sure I couldn't quickly get a hand out. Boom went the dynamite. As with any crash, I made sure nothing was missing from me or the bike and set off as quickly as possible before my body could try to shut down. The immediate concern was a did some serious damage to my elbow or hip. As the day went on it turned out my left hip and shoulder were going to hurt the most. Now I limp, now I wince when raising my left hand. Pretty much my whole left side from hip to neck feels really beat up. Ibuprofin and wincing, that will heal it.
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.