Saturday, March 1, 2014

It wasn't supposed to hurt...

It was supposed to be a fun ride on the MUP with the Monkeys on bikes.  DH would ride to the dog park on the trike, and meet us there while I ferried the Monkeys and 4 bikes in the van.  The when we were done on the MUP, DH and I would switch, with me riding the trike home, and he would drive the van with kids and bikes.

The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy! 
--Robert Burns

Ever seen those motor-vehicle denial posts they put on wide sidewalks?  They tend to put them at both ends of a bridge on the Multi User Paths around here.  The Monkeys are still working on bike handling skills.  I suspect most of you can imagine what happened next.  About 4mi into a pleasant and uneventful ride with the kids, our youngest, Monkey3, in a moment of distraction or inattention, ran into the immovable object at speed.

I heard the crash, I heard the screams behind me.  I feared the worst from the sounds I had heard.  I stopped, and hopped off my bike to rush back to the scene of the accident, and promptly nearly fell over.  Hamstring decided it was time to be pulled, hard.  Ouch.  I hobbled on over to her to help assess damages.

In the end, Monkey3 proved resilient, and while sore, and sporting some scrapes and bruises, is moving around just fine.  I on the other hand, can't seem to walk properly now.  Leg just doesn't want to move like I want it to.  I pulled something in there, right badly!

And thus our pleasant morning on the MUP, which I had hoped would garner the kids some 8-16 miles of flat riding, barely managed 4 miles and quite a bit of pain for two of us.  I think I am going to bed with an ice pack, a heating pad, and some ibuprofen!  Oh, and to add insult to injury, the weather guessers are calling for another ice storm here


  1. We also discovered our "new to us" Catrike Expedition made a handy, "ambulance". We ended up parking Monkey 3 on the trike with me pushing her and walking her bike back to the van.

  2. I hope it heals quickly. We got six inches of snow yesterday. It's sort of hard to look out and not notice the absence of paw prints. Thanks so much for all the love and support in Barkley's passing last Monday.

  3. Oh geez. Hammies are so painful. Hoping it's pulled and not torn...

    Get well soon. Those bikes ain't gonna ride themselves ya know!

  4. The muscle pull feels much better today after time on the heating pad. It's a pull but should heal itself in a week if I do my part.

    Monkey 3 says she hurts, but you can't tell from her activity level.

    And we did get a sleet/hall storm and temps in the teens today too. Brrr!

  5. Oh no! I'm sorry. I hope your hamstring heals soon. And the ice storm isn't bad. It's sleeting here now, and schools are closed. Strange, since yesterday it was gorgeous and 63*.


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