I Fell Off My Bike

Actually, I got knocked off my bike and went flying onto the road.

The culprit was this ass hat with a foot long hippie beard, who thought it made sense for him to bike along, right in the centre of the bike path.

I had been biking along pretty quickly to get to the gym and had just passed a girl who was also biking in the centre of the lane with her headphones on, and didn’t hear my bell as I overtook her (what is the matter with people??). As I approached the culprit, I rang my bell a few times to signal I was passing.

Thank God this guy isn’t wearing headphones and can hear me.” I said those exact words VERBATIM in my head.

I moved to his left, and just as I was passing him, he SHIFTS MY WAY and runs into me like a complete and utter moron.

*rant rave rant rave*

As it was happening, I knew there was absolutely nothing I could do to stop it. I had been going at such a fast speed that the slightest hit would have knocked me off balance, and I flew from inside the bike lane onto the middle of the road. Thank God at that moment no cars were passing, as I dread to think what might have happened if there were.

I untangled myself from my bike, and picked myself up off the ground as everyone stood around and stared. A couple cars stopped to see if I was okay, and the hippie-beard-culprit helped me move my bike to the side of the lane. After a minute of checking myself and my bike, he slowly biked off, leaving me with a messed up chain and a bunch of bruises.

I fell off my bike

I wanted to cry, but I didn’t. I wanted to go back to just before it happened, and slowed down instead of charging ahead like a bull. It was honestly such a shock to my system to be flung off my bike like that, that I had no idea what to do.

So I stuck to my original plan went to the gym.

Haha, i’m not kidding. I had just gotten thrown in the air, landed several feet away, my bike was a mess, my legs were bruised, but my only instinct was to go to the gym. I felt like I had just finished an 80 minute rugby game, and since I had played rugby for several years, this was nothing! Right?????

When I got to the gym, I couldn’t really move. I tried to use the Stairmaster, but each step hurt my thigh a little bit more. “All good,” I thought “I’ll just foam roll and do some abs”

But I couldn’t even do that – my entire body felt so sensitive from the fall that the foam roller felt painful and weird. Instead, I sat on the floor of the gym with my head between my  knees and tried not to cry.

I fell off my bike

That feeling of weariness, sadness, shock, and lack of motivation was a very strange and new feeling for me. I wasn’t used to feeling sorry for myself, and I wasn’t used to giving up just cause of a minor setback (ie: Even with 3 hours of sleep, and at the worst of my insomnia, I stuck with my workout routine 100%)

Instead of ‘pushing through’ and being the bad ass unfazed super woman, I knew it was time to take a break. My ENTIRE body was basically pleading with me to rest. For the first time in a long time, I gave myself a break and took an entire week off from going to the gym. (Okay, it was 6 days. But those 6 days felt like a week).

And honestly, it was INCREDIBLY liberating.

It’s a weird thing to sit back and think ‘its okay to give yourself a break,’ when you’re constantly on the go. When you fall, you don’t always have to just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself time to acknowledge what happened, feel sorry for yourself, and take time off from your normal routine.

In those 6 days I managed to get a lot done both mentally and physically. I allowed my body to recuperate, the soreness slowly faded away, and the feeling of sadness dissipated. I went from feeling invincible on my bike, to realising that i’m just as vulnerable as everyone else.

Finally, there was the not-so-shocking revelation that if you take 6 days (hell, even if you took 2 weeks) off from the gym, your body won’t turn to crap. If you continue to eat healthy, drink your water, and give yourself the time to reset – your body will reward you 100%.

Perhaps falling off my bike getting knocked off my bike by an idiot was actually a blessing in disguise.

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  1. Thank god there were no cars passing at the time! And I’m so happy to hear you’re feeling back to normal. I just took 3 weeks off from the gym… I went on vacation to Italy and was feeling pretty guilty before I left because I knew I would be eating lots of pasta/pizza/wine all while being totally out of my normal workout routine. We did walk and walk miles every day but when I got home I was surprised to feel completely fine about not hitting the gym. In fact, it felt amazing to totally take a break!

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Omg Italy!! That sounds amazing girl. I went to italy for literally 3 days, and I probably gained 5 lbs haha even though we walked everywhere! I hope you post about your trip, i’d love to see pictures 🙂

  2. allmcd3

    21 October

    OMG! I am SOOOO glad you are safe, people can be so unaware and selfish. I’m so glad you were able to take a break but still feel productive and refreshed. Also, you’re a total BA.

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Aww thank you Allie!! Haha, not a BA just a crazy biker

  3. Oh no!!! Being a bike rider myself I totally know those feels, glad you’re ok though and ganied something positive from it!

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      You get it! Thanks so much Georgie 🙂

  4. So glad you’re okay Beverley and I think we all know that feeling of wanting to push through right before falling apart. I think that rest did you good and isn’t it incredible how much we get done when we aren’t fitting in workouts?

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Its so true. Like, if we didn’t work out, I think people would get sooo much achieved hahaha. Not saying that its a bad thing.. just kind of liberating now and then

  5. Emily Weir

    21 October

    Glad to hear it wasn’t any worse than it was! With how hard you train, I’m sure it felt odd to not be heading to the gym every day after work, but the rest probably helped your body to heal quicker. And I’m sure you dominated your workout the first day back 😉

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Thanks Emily! I feel like thats the best part about taking time off from the gym – hitting it twice as hard when you go back!

  6. SO glad you are ok!! Idiots. I know what you mean about the mental game when taking a break. The last month of pregnancy and the 6 weeks of postpartum not being able to do much was killing me mentally. I just needed to feel like I worked, and I couldn’t. Sometimes it’s good to just breathe though. The gym can wait. xoxo

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Ooo you would completely understand the frustration with taking time off. Although I do feel like walking around with another human inside you is probably more work than my hardest workout…

  7. I loved the title of this haha. Whenever I have been in car accidents is really the only time I get crazy mad. It’s bc I’m scared and freaked out, but I start cursing and almost yelling at the other person which I never do in any other situation. It’s nuts. I’m glad you’re doing better though and that it took a bike fall for you to take a break haha.

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Oooo I would hate to see angry Erin! Remind me to never rear end you 😉 (Or cut you off with my bike)

  8. Virjinia

    24 October

    I can’t believe people! I’m so glad you were able to just rest and recover. It’s unfortunate that it happened but sometimes it’s nice to get a break. Glad you’re feeling better!

    • beverleyc

      24 October

      Thank you Virjinia! Appreciate the love xx

  9. AND THIS is why I do not ride bikes. This same thing happened to me, and I ripped my legs open. NEVER again!!!!

  10. LaurenOLauren

    7 November

    Biking has always terrified me, I would have cried like a baby and gone home. This was very inspiring

    • beverleyc

      8 November

      Hahah awww thank you Lauren

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