Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gravel Crushed Me



Bryan Joas and I decided to give the Almanzo 100 gravel ride/race a try. We had said we were just going to take it easy and pace ourselves. Well, we staged in the back and looked at each other and said, let's move up. So we got ourselves up front, Mark Kowalwi, Keith Bianchi and others were up there. We took off, and boys being boys, we were right up in the mix. We hadn't gone very far when we hit a fast downhill, I don't remember exactly what happened, I vaguely remember at the bottom having too much speed, I don't know if the guy in front of me, hit his brakes but I do remember hitting mine and not stopping, I think I bounced off and went down HARD. Bryan was behind me and he said he saw Tom Boonen flying through the air.

When the dust settled I remember wandering around and talking to the ambulance people, Bryan said I'd need stitches on my forearm and someone said they thought I broke my collarbone. I couldn't remember anything and the ambulance people were concerned. So I got an ambulance ride to the emergency room in Rochester MN. They strapped me down because of the neck, shoulder pain and the absolute lack of memory. I was hallucinating that I was at work and late on an assignment. They tried putting an IV in me on the bumpy roads, and I swung my arm all over, no frickin way. They weren't going to give me morphine or anti-biotics so I didn't want it. I absolutely could not stand having my head strapped down and tryed to con Cheryl (ambulance lady) into taking it off, she just loosened it a tad.

They did a CT scan and x-rays. There was no brain bleeding and the spine was ok. I just had a pretty good concussion. Nothing broke, although they did notice the arthritis in my shoulder from an earlier crash! So it was off to stitch my arm up and wound cleanup.

I have "gravel" rash from my head to my toe on the right side. I guess my helmet cracked, and they cut my kit off of me, so the fake Tommeke Skibby Boom Boom Boonen days are over. I am going to take some time off to let my head heel, and I may not do any more mass start type racing. I'm too old for this shit. I'm going to focus on just riding my bike, I can never quit that, and maybe do some tt's and pursuits on the track.


The Almanzo 100 itself was well organized and a very cool event. I will be back next year, but I will have training wheels on my bike and I'm going to be in the back, riding a leisurely pace. CHEERS!

18 comments:

Jared Roy said...

dude...may be time for the triathlons and cyclocross. I'm starting to feel the same way about mass start road races and crits. Every race I've done lately is one crossed wheel away from loss of work and family time.

SickBoy said...

ouch dude, that was a lot worse than the FB pic indicated. Hope you're feeling a bit better or at least bleeding a bit less today.

Let me know when to bring by a stack of porn and some beer...

Skibby said...

i didn't want to gross anyone out on facebook, skibbysez.blogspot is my venue for that! Porn and beer! I'll take the porn but no beer for a while.

Jared, i can't run cuz my left knee is bone on bone, so no tri's or cx for me. Once my shoulder heals, golf?

Meow said...

Oh Skibby!!! That forearm looks horrible!! Sad that you were hurt :( and I hope you heal up quickly-but give it some time. I will be happy to bring over some cookies or food or somethin and will gladly keep you company on a few easy-does-it rides.
Now behave-and don't go tryin anything ya hear?!

Tenacious T said...

Damn! Well, at least you landed on your head, and not something important!

Seriously, though, I can relate to being tentative about riding with others after a crash.

Heal up fast!

Jake said...

Some triathlons have aquabike events that are just the swim then bike legs of the tri, so you could do that.

Marco Esteban said...

gnarly pics!

Heal up, looking forward to seeing you on the bike soon.

Dan said...

Skibs, wishing you the very best and a speedy recovery. Take solace in the fact that the entire cycling community cannot wait for your triumphant return the the road. I decided a few years ago that I'm too old for this racing shit, and simply want to enjoy riding my bike with good people, having good conversation, and drink good beer. Cheers my friend!

Zach said...

you're welcome for the ride to the ambulance... I didn't think you'd remember. My friend Asa and I crashed out too. you were pretty loopy... and I still have your camelbak.
glad to see you're "ok"

Skibby said...

wow, thanks for the ride Zach! I was kind of wondering what I was doing between the time of the accident and getting into the ambulance. My memory was I crashed, wandered around, found the ambulance and climbed in.... :) I haven't had this much time blacked out since I hit the jameson whiskey last fall after the gopher south dakota state football game! keep the camelbak, check and see if there's any money in there, if there is, keep it for your troubles, if not, you can eat the food that was in there, cliff shot block pancaked!

Cornbread said...

Dude! Yikes. Bummer on the crash.

I'll be praying to the Gravel Gods for your speedy recovery. Take care.

Ted said...

Skibby win the prize for the most beat up after a crash photos that I have seen. Unfortuantely I can relate to getting that beat up on a crash. Hope you reconsider the racing at least on the track. It is much safer there.

d said...

Skibby - get well. I have heard that off the front or off the back is way safer - age has decided i am staying off the back. heal up.

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Minneapolis Cyclocross Ninja Club said...

Dude, sorry to hear and see the trama. Maybe we can all pitch in and get the Boom Boom Bohnen outfit back. I just took a few items over to the lady on Lake Street near Wenstons and had her sew up all the ripped holes and stuff my extra shorts. Maybe she can put it all back together

Minneapolis Cyclocross Ninja Club said...

oops, how did i get Mpls Ninja name?

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Philo Sophie said...

Hardly worth the risks if you ask me, and even if you don't.