Running errands after karate was a bad idea, because I got to bed more than 2 hours late.  That simply means I was tired this morning, and didn’t push for any records.  also it’s raining and cold.  It’s a good thing I didn’t work hard to get here, too, as I forgot my towel at home.

22:48, 6.5mi
63ºF, Odo 1655mi
avg 17.1mph, max 27.0mph
*light rain

Not bad for no effort.

The ride home started 3 hours later than usual, due to training at work.  The training was useful, but it was dark at 3:30pm due to heavy cloud cover and rain; you can imagine how much worse it was at 6:30pm.

Almost as soon as I started home, within a mile, I slipped and fell off the bike.  I was speeding around a tight little corner, slightly downhill, in the rain.  Oops.  Suddenly I was on the ground watching my bike bounce, and there had been a car 20 feet or so behind me.  Before I even knew what had happened, I was on my feet.  I assumed the car was about to run me over.  Unfortunately, though I was deft enough to regain my balance, my shoes had soles of plastic and slid around uselessly.  Sure, I was on my feet, but I was still moving from the momentum I had before falling.  I was immediately pissed off.  As skilled and balanced as I was, I could not control myself well enough to get out of the way because of these shoes.  There was nothing I could do.

I managed to glance behind me and see the other car going in a different direction.  Ok! I’m not going to die right now.  I continued sliding awkwardly to the bike which had stopped slightly ahead of me.  My knee felt scraped, so I glanced at it without slowing down.  No blood.  I picked up the bike and moved to the grass above the curb.  Bike shifter bent, immediately repairable.  Still no blood on the knee.  All body parts in working order, all bike components still attached.  Right sleeve pulled up to armpit but no damage to right arm.  Cut on base of the left thumb, bleeding a little.  My knee hurt, my thumb did not.  I pulled the shifter back in place.

Now in a foul mood, I got back on the bike and rode home.

20:08, 6.2mi (forgot to re-seat cyclometer)
63ºF, Odo 1662mi
avg 18.4mph, max 26.3mph

When I arrived home, I met my roommate, Jack, at the door.  He had seen me as I left work (we both work at Fidelity Investments), and we got home at the same time!  Cool!

Here’s how my knee looked when I got home.  By then my thumb had healed over.