Saturday, September 25, 2010


Sooooo...... I was riding my bike yesterday, getting some good ol' fashion exercise. At Baylor we have this trail that runs around campus that is about 2.5 miles, so I typically ride that a few times. (Did you catch that subtle "yeah I exercise and I even gave the distance so you know I really mean it"?)

I don't know if you knew this, but it is technically illegal for people to ride their bikes on the sidewalks. I, being the law abiding citizen that I am, was riding along on one of the main roads near campus, when a car came up behind me. I HATE getting on people's nerves (call me annoying and I am down for the count) and sometimes there isn't enough room for the car to steer around. I found myself in that situation and rather than be prideful (believe me, I was soon far from that), I decided to hop the curb and get out of the driver's way.

Let me preface this next part by saying that generally, I am a world class curb hopper. Seriously, I have taught countless others how to hop a good curb. Lance Armstrong's couldn't curb hop like me. Get it? I'm reallllly good at it.

The problem with this curb was that I was taking it at a bit of an angle. This, combined with my weak arms (I just did P90X biceps the day before.... yeah I exercise) led to a series of unfortunate events. My front tire didn't quite make it up, but rather, landed on the edge and slid down the side of the curb. My bike simply laid down and I with it. Except no, I didn't just fall down, I was thrown from the bike, over the sidewalk and into the grass on the other side. My body was completely sprawled so that I looked like I was skydiving in the grass.

How embarrassing right? Wrong... nobody saw me.
Yeah, that's right, on a college campus, there was NOBODY in sight. So the only person that may have seen me was the car about 100 yards behind me that was driving in my direction.
I hopped up, wiped the grass off my knees, and pedaled away with a deep fury. I prayed that the driver wouldn't role down his/her window, and headed in the direction of my apartment.

Lesson of the day.... obey the law and nobody gets hurt.
I'm also considering a bicycle helmet.