1. You are not the first person to biff it. Nor will you be the last person. However, it’s important that you are ok. If it’s a major accident or there is any question at all on your physical well-being, go to the doctor.
2. You are more important than your bike. Die hard bike lovers will be more concerned over their bike than their own well-being. At least during the first five minutes of having biffed it. You also find out that you are more important than a bike, regardless of how expensive that bike may or may not be.
3. You will joke about being in a bar fight. This is especially true if you have scraped up knuckles and have any sort of face bruising. You are also likely to find that you aren’t the one actually cracking the jokes, as opposed to co-workers teasing you about the blueberry bruise on your chin.
4. Don't hold your breath. If you had any sort of rib trauma, sneezing and coughing become your least favorite things to do. I’ve found bending over and hugging my side helps, but whatever gets you through. You might find hugging a pillow helpful as well. A fair warning, I've found that the morning hours are the harshest on me for pain that comes from coughing or sneezing. After a few hours of being up and mobile, the discomfort isn't so intense with sneezing/coughing.
5. Boost that Immune System. So you decided to beat up your body? Don’t be surprised if you catch a summer cold. Denial sets in after a few days, and you realize that it’s definitely not allergies anymore. At least it progresses fairly quickly. However, you both laugh and groan at how unfair all this is. Irony dictates that trauma=sickness. Perhaps it is our bodies trying to get us to take it easy, in the most annoying sense of the word.
6. Rest. If you can take a day off, I would recommend it. Otherwise, rest you body when you can, as much as you can. Don’t be afraid of asking for help! (Stop trying to suck it up and be macho.)
7. Be patient with getting back into a biking regimen. This is especially important when you compromised your immune system and when it is uncomfortable to breathe deeply. You are doing yourself no favors by pushing it. You could in fact, make something worse and drag out healing time/cold time. Pushing yourself physically or denying your body rest won’t get you anywhere or speed up the healing process.
8. Don't worry. Eat up. This brings me to the ridiculous assumption: eating without biking for almost a week means you will turn into a baby whale. No, that is not the case, and someone please slap me!
9. Get more than an attitude adjustment. A chiropractic adjustment and a massage are helpful and healing things to do for your body. I figured I needed an adjustment (harhar!) especially since I landed more on my right side. The massage was already scheduled ahead of time (lucky me!). I suggest if you have any hand injuries and such, cover 'em up with band-aids for your appointment. You'll feel like you look a little better. They also provide a good barrier.
10. Adopt the overall acknowledgement and awareness that accidents happen. You aren’t too good or too inexperienced to have one. Incorporate appreciation for those around you who have been helpful and supportive during your time of recovery.
These are some of the things I learned after my first biff. Some of these may or may not be what you’ll experience after you have an accident, and I hope you’ll appreciate my humorous take on my new found lessons. Laughter really is the best medicine, unless you have to hug your ribs!