Rick, I've been riding mountain bikes since 1992. Every year or two I fall off. Usually it's not such a big deal ..
This time, I was riding on the road from my house to a nearby trailhead, a route I've taken many times .. after going through a stoplight I somehow botched the clip and ended up falling off the bike, landing on my left elbow, whacking it against the pavement.
Sure, it hurt .. but I figured no big deal, just a little bruised. Kept riding for about an hour. After a while I encountered another cyclist with a flat tire and gave him my spare tube (trail karma). Then I realized just how much my elbow had stiffened up and was hurting. Decided to turn around.
It took me about a week of tylenol, ibuprofen, ice and denial before I went to see a sports / ortho doc
My left leg / arm are permanently weakened and I have balance issues as a result of my spinal cord injury, so I have to be extra careful doing things like riding a bike. I managed to get out & ride last week, this time with decent clipless pedals on that bike (instead of the crappy old ones it used to have) and .. elbow guards !
Last week I was lifting weights and bouldering in the gym, and this week I've been toproping. I guess I'm a little frustrated about having to seemingly start all over again .. my lats and tris feel like utter shit.. it's like I lost 3-4 months instead of just one. And my elbow doesn't extend all the way any more.
Boo-fucking-hoo. I need a little cheese with this whine
I need to keep training and do my ROM.