New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

North Forked

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

What started out as a weekend of epic riding, ended as stinking pretty badly for me. We did the Shingle Tree Shuffle on Saturday. Great ride, relatively smooth flowing single track. I was thinking, this could be my comeback year!

 

Last year I crashed and injured my neck. This year, I am starting to keep Weber, and Joey within sight on these rides. And well, these guys are really good, like... semi-pro level riders. I have about 10 years of age on on them.  

 

We were already feeling pretty flat after doing the Shingle Tree ride. There were 4 survivers. Joey, Mandi, Weber, and Me. So, what do we decide to do? TheGnarly North Fork. Arguably some of the roughest terrain anywhere. We started out on the road, with about 12 miles and 4 thousand verticle feet of climbing, warm-up. We took a short, sustentance break, at the trail head. Then at the usual break neck speed we departed down the North Fork. I'm the only one on a hardtail, the 29er Ventana. If I had to pick over, I would have ridden my dual suspension. This is the same trail, Gerry Pflug (ol' pro rider) was med evac'd off of, with a puctured lung, broken ribs, etc.

 

I wish, I could say, that I had a death defying spill. But, it was really stupid. I bounced off the trail, at low speed, in a technical section, about 2-3 mph. I was headed toward a tree, so I turned my bike down slope. I didn't want to dismount at that steep angle. Top tube into the privates you know! So I reached out with my left hand to grab a tree, and prop myself up. Pop! Torn distal, medial head of my biceps.

 

I have an appointment to see an ortho tomorrow.

 

So, my season is over...No 24 hours race next weekend. The Mrs. is started to eyeball all my MTB stuff with $$$ in her eyes. Probably the ski goods as well.

 

Did I mention I quit my job? Yeah, I just walked out on the A-holes.

 

Good thing I'm still on Mrs. Zoo's insurance.

 

I'm scheduled to start my new job on June 1st.

 

So, I'm just sitting here on my ass, and feeling like one also.

 

 

http://ridealotwv.blogspot.com/2009/05/shingletree-shuffling.html

 

http://ridealotwv.blogspot.com/2009/05/north-forked.html

 

 

post #2 of 9

Oh no....

 

I'm no medical expert, so can you tell me what your injury means? Biceps is a muscle, buut it sounds like you are maybe talking about an evulsion fracture? At least post some X-rays for us and we'll try to post some stoke for you.

post #3 of 9

Man-O-Man!

Sounds like you're pretty busted up, eh?

 

How's the bike?

I could use a 29'er in my bike quiver. 

 

post #4 of 9

oh bummer man.  don't focus on what could have been...been just try to focus on healing.  you'll get better.

 

(I have surgery in a few hours today myself to put a plate in on a broken clavicle...I'm itching to get back it just like you).

 

And...holy crap, 4,000 vert in 12 miles??

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Epic, I don't know if this helps but, here is a description...At 43 years old, am I middle aged? Dam...

 

No x-ray as of yet. I doubt the x-ray will show much. This is a soft tissue injury. However, insurance usually requires an x-ray, as a precusor to an MRI. If I can avoid the x-ray, I'll go straight for the MRI.

 

http://www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/distal_biceps_tendon_rupture

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/shouldersurgery/a/bicepsrupture_3.htm

 

 

TC, its a 20 inch frame...It might be worth it to watch you dismount though!

At this point, I'm not selling anything. Hell, I've only had the thing together for about a week and a half. Mrs. Zoo says no more biking this year. Good thing I never listen.  Did, I mention that I hiked out of the woods to the road? Then I rode my bike another 10 or so miles back to the car? Still some kick left in this horse. I'm not off to the glue factory yet.

 

 

Ty - Didn't know you broke your clavicle! Hope everything goes well. Vibes....I heard that Jeremiah Bishop, was breathing a hugh sigh of relief.  

 

Don't ever believe that there isn't some significant verticle in WV. I think Joey and Weber conspired for this one. They were probably saying, lets see if Zoo can handle this climbing. (I generally don't like climbing) Both Shingletree, and getting to the Gnarly North Fork have significant vert. Probably over 6 thousand total.

post #6 of 9

 I sure looks like it was a pretty ride. Until it got ugly that is.

post #7 of 9

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post

 

.

 

 

Ty - Didn't know you broke your clavicle! Hope everything goes well. Vibes....I heard that Jeremiah Bishop, was breathing a hugh sigh of relief.  

 



 

yeah i broke it a week ago.  I got clipped by a car on my MTB while riding a piece of road back down to my car.  it was a hit and run.  luckily for me my broken clavicle was the worst.

 

bloody suture pics and x-ray up on my blog:

www.onegeartwoplanks.com

 

I had surgery yesterdaay and they put in a titanium plate and 8 screws.  today hurts pretty freaking bad...worse than the actuall break........

 

regarding the climbing in WV I for sure knew there can be a ton there.  my comment above was just a way of saying holy fack that's a lot of climbing in a short distance regardless of where you are.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and have been to WV a few times so I'm familiar with the steepness of the terrain for sure.

 

Heal up man.  Do you think your season is seriously over?  I bagged the remainder (and most importan part) of my Spring race season and I think I'm also going to bag the Downieville Classic just to be safe, but I have my sights sets on rehabbing and training my ass off and competing in an 8-hour race at Kirkwood on August 1st.  I don't want to just do it....I want to win the singlespeed class.  I'm setting some aggressive goals for rehabbing this sucker.

 

I'm not familiar with a torn bicep though, that sounds gnarly and I know soft tissue can have much longer rehab times than bone.

 

Keep your chin up and stay positive.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Here are some more pics...As far as the biceps, now that the swelling has gone down some, its a complete tear. Oh well. To the ortho at 2 PM.

 

Regroup at Shingletree

100_0438-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Mandi at Shingletree (She kicks Ass!)

100_0440-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Lady Slippers at Shingletree (Endangered Flower Species)

 

100_0451-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Weber, AKA: Miami, Sugar

 

100_0453-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Joey The Bike Pirate. North Fork

 

100_0458-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Nork Fork Trail

 

100_0460-1.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

Looking East from North Fork trail

 

100_0463.jpg picture by Johnnys_Zoo

 

 

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post

 



 

yeah i broke it a week ago.  I got clipped by a car on my MTB while riding a piece of road back down to my car.  it was a hit and run.  luckily for me my broken clavicle was the worst.

 

bloody suture pics and x-ray up on my blog:

www.onegeartwoplanks.com

 

I had surgery yesterdaay and they put in a titanium plate and 8 screws.  today hurts pretty freaking bad...worse than the actuall break........

 

regarding the climbing in WV I for sure knew there can be a ton there.  my comment above was just a way of saying holy fack that's a lot of climbing in a short distance regardless of where you are.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and have been to WV a few times so I'm familiar with the steepness of the terrain for sure.

 

Heal up man.  Do you think your season is seriously over?  I bagged the remainder (and most importan part) of my Spring race season and I think I'm also going to bag the Downieville Classic just to be safe, but I have my sights sets on rehabbing and training my ass off and competing in an 8-hour race at Kirkwood on August 1st.  I don't want to just do it....I want to win the singlespeed class.  I'm setting some aggressive goals for rehabbing this sucker.

 

I'm not familiar with a torn bicep though, that sounds gnarly and I know soft tissue can have much longer rehab times than bone.

 

Keep your chin up and stay positive.


Man, getting hit by a car sucks. I've seriously considered getting one of these, and a conceal permit. I am frequently riding out in the middle of nowhere. One time I rode into someone's 'weed farm.'
 

http://www.pocketholsters.com/Ruger_LCP_380_Pocket_Wallet_Ho/ruger_lcp_380_pocket_wallet_ho.html

 

 

I must apologize for my response concerning WV's vertical. My response wasn't really directed to you, Ty. I was using this comment, as a vehicle to express my discontent. You see, we frequently have trash talkers show up for our group rides. These folks are usually out of the DC metro area. They have no idea what WV has to offer, and make light of it. I know that people like you, understand what 4 thousand feet of vert, in a 12 mile span means. I try to advocate for WV. Its not all that bad.

 

If you care to note. Neither the North Fork trail or Shingle tree are listed on mtbr.com's trail reviews. You probably won't find them listed as places to MTB, unless you buy a dated MTB guide. I think now they are generally considered hiking trails. There are quite a few trails that are 'unknown.' I am truly torn between telling others about some trails. I know of some, that I am the only one who has ever MTB'd there. If I tell others, it may help keep the trails clear of obstacles, or it may also get them banned to MTB's. Back in the day, there was a race on the North Fork trail (The Gnarly North Fork). The North Fork trail runs along the same ridge as Seneca Rocks. Pretty Gnarly, huh?

 

File:Seneca Rocks West Virginia USA.jpg

 

Well, I went to the Ortho earlier. The Doc's are getting insurance approval for the MRI. I'll probably have the MRI tomorrow, or Friday. Meet the Ortho next Tuesday the 26th. Surgery pending for the 27th. Probably, 4 weeks or so in a splint. (I hate spints, braces, and would never stay completely immobilized)....Followed by gentle movement. Hopefully, I can start my new job on June 1st.

 

Maybe 24 hours of 7 Springs in September?

 

Well, I'm glad your surgery went well. Sorry to vent, and thanks for listening. Let me know if you need some help with the rehab stuff. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! 


Edited by Johnnys Zoo - 5/21/2009 at 01:21 am GMT
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cycling