Mile To Ride Before Sleep

Mile To Ride Before Sleep

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lindsey Wilson

First race weekend done. I'm happy to report there were no wrecks on my part. Phew. However, I'm still trying to gain confidence back. I placed 38 out of 71 in the road race and 28 out of 60 in the criterium. The video is the crit, and you can see near the end of the video where a gap opens. I close it at the top of the hill, only for another gap to open. Ugh. The race was pretty much done for me at that point.

I've forgotten how intense racing is. It's time to train harder.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Abrasion Treatment

Got my bike back from the shop today. Got new handlebars, a new crankset, and the mechanic was able to bend the derailleur hanger back into place. The Purdue club had a practice criterium today, so I was glad to have my bike back to get ready for this weekend at Lindsey Wilson. I got some confidence since I haven't raced in 10 months and also gained some back that I lost from Friday's mishap.


I hit the pavement again after the crit when I got back to campus. The pavement changed from concrete to pebble stone during a turn (It had been raining earlier). I didn't feel my rear wheel slipping out from underneath me. I didn't even have time to think, "Oh no. This is going to hurt." All of a sudden I was gliding along... on my hip.

A couple slowed long enough to ask me if I was okay, I said I was alright, and they went along their way. It didn't hurt. It never does immediately. If this happens to you, please stick around for a minute with the injured, and make sure that they are indeed okay. Luckily, I didn't hit my head (I borrowed a friend's helmet) or have other substantial injury, but later the pain from the abrasions was pretty intense.

So, as promised here is some information on abrasion treatment taken from Essentials of Athletic Injury Management:

"Abrasions are common conditions in which the skin is scraped against a rough surface such as grass, artificial playing surface, floor, or mat. The top layer of skin wears away, exposing numerous blood capillaries. This exposure, with dirt and foreign materials scraping and penetrating the skin, increases the probability of infection unless the wound is properly derided and cleansed.

Immediate Care

It is of the utmost importance to the well-being of the athlete that open wounds be cared for immediately. All wounds, even those that are relatively superficial, must be considered to be contaminated by microorganisms and therefore must be cleaned, medicated (when called for), and dressed. To minimize the chances of infection, it is critical that the wound be cleaned as thoroughly as possible. It is recommended that the wound initially be clean using copious amounts of soap and water or sterile saline. Neither bacterial solutions nor hydrogen peroxide should be used to clean the wound initially. dressing wounds requires a sterile environment to prevent infections.


Sterile dressings should be applied to keep a fresh wound clean. Sterile dressings come in various sizes from simple gauze pads to adhesive bandages. Occlusive dressings appear to be extremely effective in minimizing scarring. If a wound is discharging fluid (serum), the dressing should be changed often to minimize bacterial growth. After drainage has stopped, there is no need for a dressing. Antibacterial ointments may be applied to limit surface bacterial growth and prevent the dressing from sticking to the wound. Topical antibiotics are recommended. Wounds may be cleansed with hydrogen peroxide several times daily over the next several days before the reapplication of ointment. Good wound care will minimize the inflammatory response, speed healing and minimize scarring.

Signs of Wound Infection

The classic signs of infection are the same as those for inflammation, including pain, heat redness, swelling, and disordered function. In addition pus may form due to an accumulation of white blood cells, and a fever may occur as the immune system fights the bacterial infection. Most wound infections can be treated with antibiotic drugs. However, in recent years some strains of a bacterium found on the skin call staphylococcus aureus have become resistant to some antibiotics. The bacteria are referred to as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA stains are much more difficult to treat because many antibiotics do not work. Therefore, infections tend to become more severe than they may otherwise have been if the cause of the infection is not diagnosed early, and antibiotics that no not work are given at first. Infections that start in the skin may spread to cause more serious infections.

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes fever and convulsions. A tetanus infection occurs most often with a puncture wound. Tonic spasm of skeletal muscles is always a possibility for any nonimmunized athlete. The tetanus bacillus enters a wound as a spore and, depending on individual susceptibility, acts on the motor end plate of the central nervous system. After initial childhood immunization with a tetanus vaccine, boosters should be given every 10 years. An athlete not immunized should receive an injection of tetanus immune globulin (Hyper-Tet) immediately after sustaining a skin wound."

So, here's what I do:
Wash with soap and water and/or saline wound wash.

Dress with DuoDerm or Tegaderm. Do not use other medications or ointments with this unless directed by your doctor.

Duoderm and Tegaderm are expensive. If you're on the cheap:

There are other creative cheap solutions with panty hose and maxipads.

Oh yeah, this is why cyclists shave their legs - for road rash treatment and healing. I haven't this year. We'll see.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cycling Safety

I got in my first real spill on Friday. I've had a couple occasions where I was unable to unclip and fallen over, but adding 15-20 mph makes for an unforgettable experience. Luckily, the traffic behind my friends and me was paying attention, they were able to stop, and further injury was prevented. I had planned to post this video this weekend anyways, but little did I know how appropriate it would be.

  • Always wear a helmet (even if you're just riding around the neighborhood!).
  • Carry your cell phone and identification
  • Be predictable. Ride in a straight line. Maintain constant speed. Communicate with riders behind you where potholes, gravel, and other hazards lay. Use hand signals. Let others know if you are slowing or stopping.
  • If your front tire comes in to contact with someone's rear wheel, guess who's going down? You! Keep your distance if you're not comfortable drafting.
  • After a crash, replace your helmet. There may be structural damage that is not visible. Mine is clearly out of commission.
  • Get your bike checked out, too, at your local shop or by a mechanically inclined friend.

I'm not sure much could have been done to prevent this one, but I'm just glad everyone is okay. I'll put up a post about abrasion treatment in the future, and I'll spare you the photos.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Campus Fundraising

Currently, there are three Purdue students participating in Bike and Build this year: Kristina, Kane, and myself. We know each other, and we are excited to do some fundraising together. Kane jokingly asked me on Friday to see if I wanted to go on a bike ride. I didn't realize it was snowing outside, so I asked, "When?" He laughed at me, and I looked outside. But somehow within a few minutes we decided to go for a ride - on trainers. Impromptu fundraising. We would have Kristina with us, but she is on co-op this semester. We set up on campus near Class of '50, and put up a sign and a donation box. Is it legal? Ask Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle. We figured we try it until someone tells us to leave.

I felt like a newsboy yelling headlines. "1.6 billion people live in urban slums globally!" "95 million have housing problems in the United States alone!" People got the message. And they were generous with their time and money as much as college students can. To those who listened and donated, thank you. I hope you follow our progress this summer.

Check out the other Purdue riders' blogs:
Sarun Lorhpipat (Kane)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sweat Equity

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity – into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. 

As a participant of Bike & Build, I am required to have 10 hours of sweat equity. This past weekend I attended my first build with Habitat through the Purdue chapter. I was told we would be painting,  but when we arrived, some concrete was in need of demolition. When I heard this, a friend of mine said I looked like a kid in a candy store. Indeed, I was excited. What's better than volunteering and getting a workout? I got more than I bargained for. We filled up a dump truck. Twice. Maybe 10 or 20 ton capacity. I'm not sure, but it doesn't really matter. My back is sore just the same. It's all worth it, though. Another family will soon have a decent living space.