The Yankee Springs Time Trail did not go well for me. I managed to go over the handlebars and mangle my front wheel enough that I had to walk back out from the trails. I was coming down as sweeping right hand turn when I let the bike drift a little too far left and hit some logs that were down on the side of the trail. According to my GPS Unit, I was travelling at 18 mph when I crashed. I landed in some soft stuff beyond the logs, but the front wheel was bent enough to rub against the forks. Race over just under five miles into an 11 mile race. I was very happy with my performance to that point. I felt like I had good endurance and was ready to race. It was a perfect bookend to a week where I did a face plant on Monday that required 48 stitches. I have insurance if I break something on me. I do not have the same for my bike. Anything I break comes out of my pocket. So I am pretty bummed about losing the front wheel. I do not hold out much hope of it being repairable, but I will try.
You can see the race from the perspective of my GPS here. If you watch for the sudden drop in speed from 18 mph to 0, you will see the point at which I crashed.
This is just a little story about something that happened to me. Let
me be clear that I do not blame Tifosi for what happened to me, but I
do consider the 2004 Morph Glasses I was wearing to be a contributing
factor. I was on a mountain bike ride when I found myself thrown over
the bars. I bascially landed on the right side of my head taking most
of the blow with my helmet and the rest with the area around my right
eye. When I got to my feet, I could feel a rather large cut on my
eyebrow, but otherwise I felt fine, so I rode out of the trail and to
an emergency room.
Here is what I looked like when I arrived at the emergency room.
The Doctor cleaned me up and put in 48 stitches to close up 2 pretty
deep cuts. One in my eybrow and one in my cheek. These cuts were
made by my Tifosi Sunglasses being trapped between the ground and my
face. Here is what it looks like 2 days later:
Here are my glasses after the crash
The lens and temple pad were lost in the crash. I was a little too
out of it to actually look for them.
Like I said, I am not blaming Tifosi, but you should be aware of the
worst case scenario for your glasses. Had I been wearing the Oakley
Pro-M Frames I replaced with the Tifosi’s or the Safety Glasses I
bought at Home Depot, I think the damage would have been significantly
less. I will say that the Tifosi’s were far better than wearing
nothing because I am sure a great deal of damage would have been done
to my eye if the lens hadn’t kept the ground away from it.
I really like the product, but I will now only use it them for
driving and spectator sports.