Bike Wipeout!!! And there was much blood seepage…

I headed to work this morning and decided to take the trail at least part-way, in order to avoid red lights and streetcars on Queen Street. I was moving along at a reasonable speed when I came up to one of the trail barriers that you have to move around slowly. I slowed down accordingly and went around them without any trouble at all. On the far side of the barriers, I made a bit of a wide turn and ended up on the packed dry dirt where many other people had also made wide turns. I went to pull back onto the bike path, but there was apparently a slightly larger bump to get back up to the pavement than I had expected, and I didn’t get a good enough angle on said bump. The tires on my bike didn’t get enough grip, and the bike stopped. My body, on the other hand, kept moving forward.

I did a fantastic Superman off the side of my bike, face first into the pavement. I must have bounced, and I managed to protect most of my face with my arms (flung out ahead of me as I neared pavement.) I can remember thinking Hey, that pavement is coming at me pretty quickly. After landing and sliding a bit, I rolled over onto my front again and promptly bent my arms and legs to make sure nothing was broken. Apparently that’s my first reaction to falling – check for broken bones. I did the same when I fell face first into a rock on last year’s canoe trip. There was a nice fellow biking the trail just behind me, he saw me fall and stopped to make sure I was okay. Once we had established I was fine besides an elbow oozing blood slowly and a general shock shakiness sort of thing, he went on his way, suggesting I stop at a drug store and get something to clean myself up with. Not a bad idea, really, except I was late for work already.

I continued biking in to work, the wind on my elbow granting me a fantastic burning sensation. I was too full of adrenalin to really feel all that hurt – my elbow was in a lot of pain, but I was okay otherwise, I thought. I got in to work and walked in the door, asking one of my co-ushers how late I was. He saw my oozing elbow and told me I should be more worried about that. Heh. I just went downstairs, punched in and put my stuff away, and then went looking for a first aid kit.

Lindsay and I bandaged my elbow up and I got changed into my tuxedo, and worked. It wasn’t until half-way through pre-show I started noticing my bruises. There are many of them, and it seemed throughout the day they just kept appearing. It’s now evening, and I’m aching and sore in many places. My lacerated elbow alternately throbs and burns. I’ve cleaned it properly and put on polysporin, and I’m on Motrin for pain relief. I won’t be biking today. I biked home tonight after the double show, much to a couple of my co-workers annoyance. They didn’t think I should bike home after my injuries, but I did anyway – it’s quicker getting home on my bike than trying to manage bringing my bike up onto the streetcar.

Oh, and I broke my bell. Adam picked me up a new one, though, so it’s all good. I’ll install it tomorrow or Friday.

I’ve also got a new video card. I haven’t installed it yet, my elbow is limiting my ability to bend my right arm, so I’m not quite ready to install it yet. Adam said he’d do that for me tomorrow after he’s done work. Hooray, no more blurry dark horribleness!! I ended up with the ASUS Radeon 9200SE, because it was the only one they had in stock when Adam went to pick it up. I’m excited to have a new card.


  • spadoink

    July 14, 2004 at 11:01 pm

    not to JennyLee, get to work on getting that full time camera crew to follow you around please. i’d have loved photos of the superman.

  • strange

    July 15, 2004 at 7:41 am

    Glad to hear that you are okay…

    hey, when is your “going awayy” shindig again?

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 15, 2004 at 8:41 pm

      It’s Sunday August 8th at the Renaissance Cafe… I decided to make it an open stage as well as my party, just for kicks. 🙂

      • strange

        July 15, 2004 at 8:56 pm

        That’s the last weekend of production so I’ll probably doing a 12pm – 10pm day at the office (yes, on a Sunday), will it still be going on at 10:30 or 11-ish? If so, I would love to drop by.

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          July 15, 2004 at 9:17 pm

          I don’t see any reason to think it won’t still be going… I plan to stay out as late as they’ll let me. 😀

  • testytree

    July 15, 2004 at 8:01 am

    I’m glad your okay. Take it easy on yourself!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 15, 2004 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks… I’m not going to bike for a few days at least.

  • cyn

    July 15, 2004 at 8:17 am

    holy squid – you poor thing! please baby yourself for a few days – rest & vitamins & all that good stuff so that you heal up quickly.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 15, 2004 at 8:48 pm

      Yes, I am taking my vitamins. Also am not biking for a while, and doing whatever I can to get better quick. I ache everywhere… I need a professional massage 🙂

  • daruba

    July 15, 2004 at 10:58 am


    please heal soon!

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      July 15, 2004 at 8:45 pm

      I’m working on it!

      • daruba

        July 16, 2004 at 8:15 am

        hwey, how long do i have at yer shin dig to do poetry?

        • Jenny Lee Silver

          July 16, 2004 at 10:24 am

          It depends on how many people sign up for the open stage, but I’m going to guesstimate between 5-10 minutes at most. 🙂

          • daruba

            July 16, 2004 at 11:30 am

            k mang.

            i’m thinking three shrot poems and a cheesey song.

            something like that

            August whatnow?

          • Jenny Lee Silver

            July 16, 2004 at 12:07 pm

            August 8th, Sunday evening. 😀

          • daruba

            July 16, 2004 at 12:13 pm

            got it!