Two weeks ago riding with @braindamaged I smashed my shin into a stump along the side of the trail. It hurt and felt like I had busted my leg. It kicked the ass end of my bike out but I never crashed, just kept riding. Despite cleaning the wound it remained infected and oozed daily. At one point it was infected all the way to my knee and down to my ankle joint, but my body fought it like a champ. I kept wrapping it up and riding the whole time. I hurt quite a bit but couldn’t pass up a the nice weather.
This week while cleaning the wound the tip of a piece of wood appeared. I assumed it was a tiny splinter. I couldn’t believe how big it was as I tore it out. Thought it was my bone at one point. It was pushed in beyond the gash against my shin bone and under the muscle which is why I never saw it. Didn’t feel so nice coming out but leg feels better already.
Original smash, doesn’t look like much. Couldn’t figure out why it hurt so much when I did it. The piece of wood below got rammed in there blunt end first and was pushed in beyond where I could see it. I felt a lump for certain but it was so deep it wasn’t obvious it was a chunk of wood in there.
After a day of laps at Blue I yanked this guy out, then wrapped it up and went for more laps the next day.
I didn’t feel like puppies and unicorns, that’s for sure. I’m still in shock at the force it took to ram that so deep in my leg. I never even got off my bike. Was a really nasty infection, pretty stoked my body handled this on its own. Everyone who saw it told me to go straight to Emerg. In retrospect that was the play, but I seem to be no worse for the wear.