Many of us have had times where we’ve hit the ground, and wasn’t quite sure if we would ride again. I wanted to share my story, in hope that it will encourage other riders… on my birthday about 6 years ago, I went riding with my club. We had a situation where 4 of us wiped out in a hairpin turn off ramp. My first bro went down, and because there was no where to go, we all went down to avoid hitting him.
Seems like the accident happened in slow motion. I knew I was falling, but nothing prepares you for impact. The ground is unforgiving. I hit the black top hard, and tumbled. I slid on my face, and blacked out for a second. I could still hear my music blaring through my helmet. A club brother came over to check on me, and started trying to yank my helmet open… don’t ever do this when someone has head trauma. I waved him off, and struggled to stand. Luckily that day, I was fully geared up, and didn’t get any road rash. But, my body took a beating.
I blacked out and was taken to emergency. The doctor said I had a full body sprain. Every limb had bean battered from the fall, but with some rest and Percocet, I would be fine after a few weeks. Like all bikers, I felt fine. But the next day brought the pain. My brother made me get up and walk. He didn’t want my muscles to lock up on me. And each day, we would go for a walk around my neighborhood, and talk. The walls helped keep me active and took my mind off the accident.
Every day for 2 weeks, I spent hours laying in the bed, wondering if I would ever ride again. I knew I didn’t want to endure a pain like this ever again in life. Mentally, I needed a break. My brothers brought my bike to me and the damage wasn’t that bad. But the damage to my spirit was another matter. It would be a few months before I would ride again, and another few months before I rode in a group.
Eventually, I got my confidence back, and today I’m still rolling. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Take all the time you need to heal both physically and mentally before you get back on the road. Only you can ride your ride.