At one point I felt something on my face and went to wipe my nose.
I lifted my left hand off the handle bars for a fraction of a second.
At the same time I must have pulled a little too hard with my right handle while trying to balance because the next thing I know, I had lost control and was heading straight for the curb.
I didn't have time to swerve back to the left before my bike went up and over the curb.
I remember thinking for a second that maybe I could maintain control and just come down the other side.
Turns out road bikes can't really handle that, so instead I found myself flying through the air.
I crashed onto the grass hard on my right knee and shoulder. My momentum led me to completely barrel roll and then pop back up on my feet.
I winced my when I put pressure on my right leg and sort of hobbled back to my bike.
Right knee in the aftermath
A cyclist who had seen the whole thing happen stopped to see if I was OK.
I checked out my arms and legs, didn't see any blood.
Just lots and lots of dirt
I didn't hit my head at all so I wasn't dizzy (and I had obviously been wearing a helmet.)
The only real damaged seemed to be that my bike chain had popped off. The guy who stopped helped me get it back on. After a quick thank you, we both headed on our ways.
I hopped on my bike to quickly pedal the rest of the way home. I knew the adrenaline would eventually wear off and I would start to feel the pain of the impact.
Sure enough, as soon as I get my bike back home, my knee and shoulder started to throb.
My knee was bruised and ridiculously swollen and it hurt to lift my arm. I had a few scrapes and more bruises developed in the following days, but because I fell on the grass, I managed to avoid any road rash.
Bruise on me knee as it started to heal
All things considered, this was a fairly minor crash, and it hasn't shaken my confidence too much on the bike. But boy was I sore all this week. It's only today that my right arm is starting to feel more normal, and the bruises on my legs are showing signs of healing.