Last night I had a group lesson and it started out great: with green beer to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! We all warmed up, and really focused on jumping the entire ride. We warmed up over a small crossrail diagonal, and our trainer wanted us to work on getting a close distance. It took me a few tries, but I finally got it.
Then we moved on to a set of bounce crossrails up the middle, and turning either left or right, and cutting across the middle to hit a diagonal vertical, again focusing on getting close distances. Miles was really good, and while I struggled with finding good close distances, he was a champ about it.
And then the fences went up, with some small 2′ verticals in the bounce, and 2’6″ diagonal crossrails. I was a bit nervous; I’ve never jumped Miles 2’6″ in a lesson before, but it was easy as pie! I’m not quite experienced enough to know my pace for a close distance, and Miles is so long, his “short” distance usually feels like a good medium distance, so I need to keep working on it.
Then the bounce got raised again, to be a crossrail, 2’3″ vertical, followed by a 2’6″ vertical… and we had our first fail of 2014. I didn’t support Miles enough coming into the combination, so he was really weak over the crossrail. And then he just didn’t have enough momentum to get himself together for the 2’3″ vertical, so he knocked the rail out of the jump cup, it got caught in between his back legs, I got pitched forward and we crashed through the 2’6″ vertical, and I fell off.
Luckily, I mostly just rolled off his shoulder, and landed on my back first, but I did hit my head on the ground too. I got right back up and got back on; jumped a smaller crossrail version of the bounce exercise and did the 2’6″ verticals again, to regain my confidence. Miles was a good sport about it all, and was very good, so we were able to finish on a good note.
After I got off and inspected Miles, I noticed he got some scrapes, and a bump on his leg from our crash, so I wrapped up his legs, put antibiotic ointment on and I’m going out later this evening to see how he’s feeling. I’m pretty stiff and sore, so I imagine he will be too. Luckily it’s all just superficial injuries, and we’ll be just fine.
Unfortunately, now I need a new helmet. This was my second fall in three years with it, and I’m pretty much a sticler when it comes to helmet safety. So I’m looking into IRH’s replacement policy. Has anyone ever used their helmet company’s replacement before? How did it work?