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  • Writer's pictureMark Derryberry

Minor Setback 

I was at the new Rockstar Energy bike park yesterday enjoying a morning session with a few others. I went up a pillar wall in one of the bowls that I knew had a weird bump in it. I've done fairly well with all of the others, but that one has a bump on the left side and has thrown me off before. I saw a couple other's riding it from the opposite side and thought I saw a good way to go up it, so I decided to try it again.

As I went up, I was immediately pushed back by the bump and when I came down, my foot came off the pedal, hit the ground in an angular position, all of my weight went on it and my ankle broke. It was rotated out and back about 60 degrees initially. I had to reset it before I got up. That part was pretty interesting but I managed to get it set correctly. As you can imagine, the onlookers who showed up to assist were almost in disbelief as I twisted it back into place.

Once I had it set, one of the fellow riders brought my phone to me, I called Marti to let her know, had a fellow biker drive my truck around, I got loaded up, drove to my house, dropped off the bike, then drove to the ER. I had called the ER in advance so they had a wheelchair ready when I got there. The X rays revealed what we had suspected, but it's all good, because it could have been a lot worse. I've accepted the fact that I'll be off of my bikes for a while and will have to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.

I want to say thank you to the guys at the park who helped me after the accident. I didn't know you and you didn't know me, but you guys stepped up and did the right thing for me and I truly appreciate it. If by chance you read this, please get in touch with me.

I also want to thank the staff at the Houston Methodist Emergency Care who did a fantastic job of taking care of me and being very detailed with all of our conversations. With the voice of Arnold, "l'll be back"

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