In the week after the effort at Telluride, I started out riding my road bike. But on the 2nd day, I ended up in an accident. I started out climbing CR 211 through Nighthorse Lake and went down Wildcat so I could get the full HWY 160 climb up through Hesperus and then Mayday. On the way down, I thought it would be fun to descend CR 210, which is a mag-chloride covered dirt road.
I was descending perhaps ~20 to 25 mph when an oncoming yellow truck came around a blind corner on my side of the dirt road. He swerved, and I went to my right and then hit the dirt after we missed each other. The Catlike helmet is cracked - so it worked - and I have left side road rash not all that bad - except in my hip which required stitches from a thumb sized chunk taken out. My shoulder sustained an A-C separation listed as Class 1-2 - meaning there are some torn ligaments, but no bone damage. It though seems this is one of the easiest things to recover from as the Dr. said 7-10 days.
The shoulder was useless on Friday, and had a bit of movement on Saturday. It felt loose enough to try running on Sunday so I loaded up on the Tegaderm and went to cooler elevations to minimize sweating. Tegaderm works if you are not exercising - but since it is plastic there is no way to get rid of the moisture from sweating and it eventually overcomes the adhesive. Last time I had major road rash was in 2005 or 2006 - and I was able to get a breathable fabric bandage setup - Covaderm. Unfortunately in a small town like Durango there is no local Medical Supply Store and i had to rely on what the E.R. staff gave me.
The Tegaderm eventually came off on the leg and arm - but the one on the hip stayed there mostly due to the compression of my running shorts. The start of running did bother me as the arm wanted to swing - so I ran Vinnie Barbarino style for a while - moving shoulders - not swinging arms - and then later I just tucked the left arm in the straps of my pack. I intentionally picked a dirt road route with a long climb to minimize jumping and impact on the body.
So I went up to Purg, the ski area and climbed up from the resort and then took Relay Creek to a network of old, abandoned logging roads.
It is a shame these old roads get ignored as they could easily be turned to singletrack routes rather quickly. But perhaps the USFS wants people to stay away so wildlife can retake the area. I ran into some elk back there on my way up to 11k and then it was back the way I came.
But then I decided to head through Purg and pick up the 1990 Worlds single track as it is mostly dirt and a "soft" trail.
It was a great choice!
I got back to the Honda and realized I had just run 20 miles 3 days after an ER visit. I won't be able to grip a handle bar for a while and with the Vapor Trail 125 coming up that is a concern. But at least I can keep up some fitness.