I can't thank everyone enough for the kind messages, emails and phone calls. I'm sorry to have scared everyone. Just back from my second hospital visit. Fractured right ulna (the small bone in your forearm), concussion, 5 stitches to my forehead, bruised kidney, and a constantly dislocating left shoulder. I also look as though I was on the losing end of a bar brawl. Black eyes setting in, bruised forehead, bruised chin etc. It all hurts. Arm is casted now and I should know next week if surgery is required. Again I can't thank everyone enough! Rob, Robert, Marbod, Ester, Eric, Lynne, the corner workers, and the ambulance and hospital staff. WOW! Thank you all so very much.
Here's what I can remember. I had been trying for a few turns to get around the guy ahead of me, but couldn't. Tried hard to catch him in the straight. But we were at the kink before my chance arose. I didn't want to pass him in the kink so I guess I grabbed a whole ton of front brake, I was in way too hot for turn one at this point I think, based on my lack of experience. Pulled what Marbod called a high speed stoppie, I remember being launched off the bike and thats it. Where, when and how I hit the wall, I don't really know. Best if it stays that way I think. I came to face down and all I could see what an awful lot of blood. I passed out again at that point. I then remember waking up in the trauma unit at Mission hospital. I don't remember the corner workers helping me, nor being in the ambulance. But I can't thank you all enough. Was nice to come back to the track to let everyone who was so worried know I was ok. Thanks for the encouragement from everyone.
My first race season started and ended with a literal bang. But the "horse" is calling me. Once I am out of the cast, I will get on the street bike and I hope to replace my completely wrecked race bike in the off season. I'll be out again next year if only to say I didn't let the track win. But hopefully to get right back into it again. In the meantime, I'll be in the pits to cheer on Team Mspeed and to help all those who were so generous to me with their kind help and words! I'll say it again, thank you all for being there for me.
Oh! The gear. Wow! Glad I was encouraged to spend the bucks, the leathers saved my ass. The armor on both arms is ground to almost nothing. Gloves and boots are fine, helmet is SOAKED in blood still. Its toast. Will go higher end next time and perhaps pass on the concussion.
Be careful out there all. From what I hear, I'm lucky to be walking. Glad to be able to smell the roses today like you wouldn't believe, even if they do smell like hospital antiseptic.