I headed out early today for a 50 odd mile ride. The weather was beautiful – a warm sunny Sunday morning. What I didn’t expect was to come home looking like this:
So what happened?
Crashed with a car? Swerved to avoid a child or animal in the road?
Nope nothing as dramatic as that.
Yep, that’s all it was.
Mind you it was quite a violent sneeze.
And rather than just let it out, I tried to stifle it. You know the sort of thing. You are in an important meeting and want to sneeze. You are in a church and want to sneeze. But you can’t just let it go with full force. So you try to stifle it. And as you do, you close your eyes and your body convulses violently.
Not something you want to do when cycling. Or in my case, not something you want to do when cycling down a country lane at 17 mph. Because then you might end up loosing control of your bike. And what happens then? You snatch at the bars to try and correct your steering and instead of going off in a straight line down the road, you crash into a hedgerow, come flying off your bike and your head hits something, cracking your helmet. You end up bloody and scratched up. The cycling glasses you are wearing go flying off into the undergrowth, but not before they have first been smashed back against your nose. And to add insult to injury, you have ended up in a patch of stinging nettles that lycra is going to give you precious little protection against!
So what do you do when that happens? Give the bike a check over to make sure it’s safe to ride. Jump back on and carry on. Nothing gets in the way of a bike ride 🙂