So this winter I’ve shipped off to Australia for another summer.
All’s good, I’ve had a lot of time to ride all kinds of bikes on all kinds of tracks in only a few short weeks. Street & dirt jumping, BMX tracks to XC/Enduro & DH uplifting. Injuries are apart of our sport, we each experience a vast array of them & I have had my fair share over the years that’s for sure. I’ve had little niggling ones that never seem to go away, and much bigger ones that put that fear of getting back onto the bike into you.
The latest in the line is one that at first I wasn’t sure was even an injury. Whilst at a mid-week uplift spot, I was following a local pinner, Jai. We popped off a drop onto an off camber ledge & had to slam on the brakes as a rider in front had lost control & headed off track. Jai snipper lined his way past but as doing so just clipped the guys rear wheel, pushing it a little more into the track. I slammed on the brakes harder as the sniper line had narrowed too much & I ended up washing out, just planting my knee down relatively gently yet firmly. It hurt a little yeah, but I’ve battered these knees over years of harsh riding & crashing so thought it was just a little prolonged pain. We finished off our run & whilst back at base I decided to have a look at what had gone on.. Turns out I must have planted my knee on a sharp rock. Which had gone straight through my knee pad & pierced a hole next to my knee cap..
Instantly I knew it required medical attention. The hole wasn’t particularly wide, but definitely deep. Once in the capable hands of doctor Frank, I was informed the hole was all the way down to bone & had sustained slight damage to the fluid pouch surrounding the knee.. That sucks. A bit of deep cleansing, a few stitches later & course of anti-biotics I was on my way..
So, now I get to sit here in the warm sunshine.. Watching the time pass as I wait for the latest of injuries in line to heal.. Marian does the usual good job of taking care of me, feeding & making sure I’m up to date with pills, she’s a good’un!
I’ll be back up & riding soon, as always. Stay safe out there guys!