It has been a while since I had any kind of injury from cycling. Today I made up for some of that lost time. Excited to have my bike back, I went out this morning for the first time to ride. And I learned an important lesson: after you’ve been off it for a while, it is best to check your gear before expecting to ride like you were before. It rained some last night and the roads were still wet. On the first good downhill run, I tried to put on the brakes and they didn’t respond the way I expected them to. Down I went, sliding along the road for a good 10 feet. Apart from a bruised and swollen leg and road rash on various parts of my body, I’m alive. The same can’t be said for my shorts which were shredded. I took a few minutes to lay on the side of the road and recover a bit from the shock. Then I limped back home. I’m just disappointed that I won’t be putting in any miles for a few days.