I did something silly today. I over exerted myself leaping out of my office chair and landed awkwardly on my right ankle, resulting in an unwelcome mild sprain. Ahhhh the perils of being Jemma.
At the end of the day, I hobbled my poor self to my bicycle (whilst thanking the planet that for once it wasn’t raining) and hopped onto my bike.... Or at least hopped is what I wish I could have done. My fresh, new injury has meant that my cycle home tonight was overshadowed by a recurrent shooting pain. Every time I saw a red light I cringed because I knew what was coming. What was coming was the amber light and then green light and we all know what green means.... Yes, I know, it’s such a lovely colour in the eyes of a cyclist/motorist but today it was the colour of torture and anguish because GREEN MEANS GO. And go means pushing all my weight on my aching right ankle to get my wheels in motion. Closing my eyes didn’t help, the shooting pain was like someone was tearing nails through the veins of my leg. On top of that, I always like to whizz away fast at the lights, tricking my fellow cyclists that I might be faster than they think I am (inevitably they always catch me up) and keeping up this appearance was really gruelling. Oh my, now I know how Eddy Merckx aka The Cannibal felt when he was famously was injured in 1969, tough times for us both...!
So now I have a quandary, do I endure this relentless pain and cycle into work tomorrow, just so I can save my pennies and time by not going on the tube? And what really happens if you fall ill at work and have to be sent home? Do you ditch the bike and catch a bus, or just plough on? For me this is a difficult situation because I don’t trust leaving my bike outside my work overnight as there is a high possibility it won't be there the next day.
Well, after a little thought I am planning on cycling into work tomorrow and I’m going to grin and bear the pain again. I really think that with the cold and flu season on its way, every cyclist commuter needs to have a plan. Have you ever been in this situation? And what is your plan?