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I went riding up in Truckee, California on Sunday 7/8/07. Coming down a fireroad, I went off a small jump on the side of the road and landed it all wrong. My bike washed out from under me and I heard my leg break as I hit the ground :(. Luckily it really didn't hurt too bad.

My bike didn't do too well either, but it's better than me - flat tire, bent wheel, possibly broken front derailleur, possibly bent chainrings. Luckily I'll have 9-12 months to fix it :(

Me laying on the ground, waiting for a truck to come get me. This dirt road is actually a privately owned road with allowed access to hikers and bikers. The owner just happened to be by after I crashed and he drove me the four miles back to my car. He really saved me. My new friends are in the background there:



My leg. Nice, huh? See that red rash on my ankle there? That's where the surgeon needs to cut to put my plates in.





I don't think my foot is supposed to go that way..



All set up on the couch. I got home and my wife had cleaned the house, got me a bunch of food and had my little stereo by the couch, a bunch of stuff saved on the Tivo, my laptop, my book, etc <3:



My x-rays. You can see the breaks spiraling up :\



 

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Wow, there's a lot of that going around this summer.

Follow the doc's advice and come back stronger next year!
 

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Jeez! Sorry to hear about another unfortunate incident.

The pic of your leg I thought was your wrist bent!
 

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Ooh, not good.

Heal "quick."

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Ouch!!

Damn Matt!! Sorry to hear about your crash and injury!! That's too bad. You weren't riding alone were you? You hardly ever ride your mountain bike by yourself.

I found out yesterday that I have 2 broken ribs. I was preriding the Downieville XC course last week and went down hard and at a pretty good speed. Too much front brake caused my front wheel to wash out on some loose dirt on 3rd Divide. Went down hard on my left shoulder. I immediatley checked to see if I had broken my collar bone. But other than a sore upper left arm, I thought I was o.k.

My ribs and arm were sore the next day but I just thought they were bruised. The rib pain just got worse in the following days. My wife finally got me to the doctor yesterday and Xrays confirmed 2 fractured ribs. Doctor said no riding for at least 6 weeks.

I have been riding my bike on pavement. It only hurts when I hit bumps or stand up and have to use my arms. I tried a short dirt trail near my house yesterday. No way, it hurts too bad!!

There sure are alot of injuries going on this year. :eek:

That break in your leg looks pretty bad.:eekster: How long did the doctor say till your all healed up?

Anyway, good luck to ya. Take it easy and heal up!! :thumbsup:
 

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Damn Matt!! Sorry to hear about your crash and injury!! That's too bad. You weren't riding alone were you? You hardly ever ride your mountain bike by yourself.

I found out yesterday that I have 2 broken ribs. I was preriding the Downieville XC course last week and went down hard and at a pretty good speed. Too much front brake caused my front wheel to wash out on some loose dirt on 3rd Divide. Went down hard on my left shoulder. I immediatley checked to see if I had broken my collar bone. But other than a sore upper left arm, I thought I was o.k.

My ribs and arm were sore the next day but I just thought they were bruised. The rib pain just got worse in the following days. My wife finally got me to the doctor yesterday and Xrays confirmed 2 fractured ribs. Doctor said no riding for at least 6 weeks.

I have been riding my bike on pavement. It only hurts when I hit bumps or stand up and have to use my arms. I tried a short dirt trail near my house yesterday. No way, it hurts too bad!!

There sure are alot of injuries going on this year. :eek:

That break in your leg looks pretty bad.:eekster: How long did the doctor say till your all healed up?

Anyway, good luck to ya. Take it easy and heal up!! :thumbsup:
Sorry about your ribs, man :(

I wasn't riding alone - almost never do, especially not on HITG :). I rode with my neighbor and we met up with a group of people who were riding up there also. That's been my favorite part about riding HITG - I've met two seperate groups of people that were awesome and helpful.

The surgeon was saying I could probably get going on a stationary bike in about three months, maybe some light road riding in six months and to stay off my mountain bike for a minimum of nine months, more likely 12 :(. By then I'll have been injured and off my bike for almost the same length of time I've been seriously riding. Sucks.
 

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Holy cow! Heal up and make sure you're 100% before you get back on the bike. The trails will still be there and you'll have a bunch of friends watching out for you.
 

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From what I see, you've got a great attitude. That is what's going to get you through a tough one like this.

Keep the spirits up and come back stronger and happier than before.

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Hey Matt,

Sorry about the accident. Great post accident photos! You should be healed up and ready to ride hard by the beginning of the next Prairie City race season :thumbsup: . Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Mark
 

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bummer and a half! Eat your wheaties, now and heal up fast.

Patty
 

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Funny thing about the hair is that I hadn't even taken a shower and that was after 16 miles of riding. Guess you just can't deny sexy
 

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Ahh-ooooh!!

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At least your hair didn't get messed up there, slick.

Heal fast.
you all but stole my thought.
When i looked at the picture, the line from the song 'werewolves of london" (Warren Zevon) immediately ran through my head,
"saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's
His hair was perfect"
 

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Little Ti bling never hurts ;)

Well getting it installed, that another story. Heal Up. Despite doctor recommendation I started riding (pavement) is 2 month and back on dirt 3 month. Don't push it tho.
 
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