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Mountain Biking and Poison Oak

About 11 days ago I went out mountain biking with Billy at our usual Wednesday place to ride. We were going up the big hill when some guy decided not to yield the right of way and tried to cut on the inside of the switchback going downhill while I was climbing up the switchback on the outside. Of course dude lost his balance and knocked me off my bike into some bushes on the downhill slope. I got out of the bushes and fixed my rear disk rotor so it wasn’t rubbing anymore and went on my merry way. I sustained some small scratches on my right knee so I cleaned my knee off with some alcohol wipes then continued on the ride. 6 days after the incident I started seeing these red itchy blistery bumps appear on my knees and elbows. This really sucks because I had NO idea I landed in poison-oak. I took a look around at the bush and never saw any indicator that there was poison-oak there. Below are a few lessons we learned from this experience and some positive re-enforcement on things like carrying a first aid kit and the benefit of it. Had I not stopped and washed the injured knee it would have an even worse poison-oak rash than it does now.

A few things you should do before you go riding in the woods.

  • Before you start riding ALWAYS be sure to wear full fingered gloves. This WILL protect your hands if you happen to fall in a poison-oak bush. I have experienced this first hand and will ALWAYS wear full fingered gloves. I was wearing a set of full finger Fox mountain biking gloves that were under $20 and didn’t get any of the urushiol on my hands.
  • Be sure to carry a first aid kit that includes enough alcohol wipes to clean a large area of your body.
  • Have a box of tecnu in the car to apply before you leave.

Things you should do the instant after you crash when your out mountain biking.

  • Get the hell out of that bush your in ASAP. Don’t dilly dally getting out of the bush, get out in a manner where you make the least amount of contact with the bushes around you.
  • Take a look at your surroundings. Forget your bike for a moment here and look to see what you landed in and slid thru. Do you know what poison-oak/poison-ivy look like? Knowing what bushes you landed in can save you a lot of pain and suffering in the weeks to come.
  • Clean off the parts of your body that came in contact with the ground / bushes. You may or may not be bleeding but get the alcohol wipes out of the first aid kit and cleans all areas that came into contact with the bushes / ground. It only takes about 10 – 15 minutes for the urushiol on a poison-oak plant to completely soak into your skin.
  • Now go see whats up with your bike.
  • Once you get back to the car don’t worry about loading up the bike and zooming home. Pull out the tecnu and apply this to every exposed part of your body.
  • Change into something other than your riding cloths. You don’t want to spread urushiol on your car seat or any other part of your car.
  • Get home and shower ASAP! “tecnu” claims that it can wash off the urushiol from poison-ivy/poison-oak up to 8 hours after first contact. Be sure to follow the directions EXACTLY as written. If you do you should be able to remove all the urushiol from your skin and prevent a blistery nightmare of a rash.

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Product Review, Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

Cinderella Classic Training Ride #8

Miles: 35.71

TTL Mileage for the week: 52.31

Weather: 55 degrees and Sunny

Food: Cytomax, A Mini Clif Bar & GU Gel

The Ride: This week’s ride started out in Sunol then up Calaveras clockwise to the wall then back to Sunol. The ride out to Calaveras was nice. The climb to the false summit was very tiresome. Grimes Getaways was there at the false summit to provide us with fruit, trail mix, water and coffee for the 2nd half of the journey to the wall. This second half was a bit easier but by the time we reached the wall I was beat. We rested there for a few moments so we could all eat and drink then hoped right back on the bikes to go back to Sunol. At this point my legs were really burning but I pedaled on! I was thankful when we got back to the false summit as this meant it was all downhill from here. At this point my legs were pretty well spent. I think in the 4 hours we were riding I did not consume enough food and water. Once we arrived at the Sunol Jazz Cafe for a break we were all very thankful for a minute to chat and rest. After this we took a quick loop out Foothill to the bike path and returned on Sunol – Pleasanton Road to Niles and back to Sunol. I had a great time and the ride was awesome. I definitely need to get more time in on hills even tho hill climbing sucks.

Lessons Learned: EAT MORE!

GPS: GPSies - Cindy Training 8 - Actual Ride Data

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Cinderella Training | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Failed ride to work

Miles: 15.?

TTL Mileage for the week: 15.?

Weather: 45 degrees and sunny

Food: MultiGrain Cheerios & CytoMax on the ride.

The Ride: I got 1/2 way but on the road to the bridge(which is extremely rough) I started having issues. I rubbed some sensitive parts raw on Saturday because I wore thick underwear under my shorts and in the end a knot in the seam did bad things to me. I thought it wasn’t as bad as it was but I was wrong. I turned back at the 1/2 way point because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it home in the evening.

I’m going to take a break from the bike until Saturday so hopefully things heal enough before the big climb. I’m also going to check out a few gym’s tomorrow morning so I can add some strength training to the routine and start buckling down to a serious routine 3/1.

3/1 marks 3 months until the AIDS LifeCycle so its time to start sucking it up and working through these silly obstacles.

Lessons Learned: Don’t wear underwear with thick seams under the cycling shorts. They say your not supposed to wear underwear at all but this did not agree with the experience I had when I started riding.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Ride to Work | | Leave a comment

Ride Around The Bay

Miles: 44.15

TTL Mileage for the week: 74.15 miles (bad weather all week) + 1 hour 40 minutes on trainer

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny!

Food: Odwalla Sweet & Salty Bar, 2 Taco Bell Hard Tacos, Nuun Electrolytes, PowerBar gummi things & 1/2 A Cookies and Cream Luna Bar.

The Ride: It was a long flat ride along the bay and it felt like we were riding into the wind for the first 30 miles. Here’s the route we took. I recorded the route with my Garmin Edge 710 then uploaded the gpx file to gpsies.com

Lessons Learned: All I had for breakfast was 2 biscuits.  Then we went for the ride around noon and I didn’t oget he taco bell until 12 miles in.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment