Long time lurker on here - but thought it was time to post my adventures.
Having recently injured my knee playing sport and running - I finally made the leap into cycling.
With the help of a well timed payrise at work, I was able to buy my bike in late August and started training with the initial aim of the 100k Amy's Ride (but would have been happy with the 65).
I started off slow, with 35km trips been the longest - but slowly my distances, cadence, speed and endurance starting increasing - all with the help of advice here on the forum (and others), help from fellow cyclists, the inaugural Muddies ride - and tracking everyone on Strava for route ideas, and improving my times.
I really starting loving cycling to the point I was even riding to work, and unfortunately this is where I came unstuck two weeks ago. On my ride home from work on the Southern Expressway track - I looped up past Noarlunga and was returning to Sheidow Park, heading on the downhill before O'Sullivans Beach Road. I was enjoying the freedom and was not even pedalling as I was saving my legs for the Brodie Road climb, when the thought crossed my mind I was doing a safe speed if I had to overtake a cyclist ahead, but if there were pedestrians ahead, I would have little room, so I sat up, applied some brake, but in doing so, drifted onto some dirt, and before I knew it, I was on my back and the bike was bouncing over me.
End result amongst lots of minor injuries - two broken bones in my hand - so had to have surgery last week to insert pins, screws etc. Still not sure of what damage the bike has taken, a quick look suggests just scratches, but will get Noel from the bike station check it out.
So - I missed my first proper organised ride - but to some amusement today, found out I won one of the lucky prize draws from Amy's Ride :-)
Also - I have Velosure insurance, so looks like they will be looking after my out of pocket medical expenses and any significant damage to the bike once I pay there excess - so good news there.
So lessons learnt - a little more caution on the bike on downhills - but can't wait to get out there again - just need to find a trainer now to keep my legs spinning.
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Currently being used by Gareth but he may have finished with it now/ I'll get back to you.
But . bite the bullett and brought one this afternoon - figure I will get plenty of use out of it.
Good to hear that you are ok Matt, and hope that you are on your bike again soon.
Yep, cycling does get under the skin.
2012 will be the year for ya
Here's hoping Rob - can;t wait to smash some hills :-)