I have finally joined the club? I had my first bike crash today!
2.5 hours easy was the plan. We started with a small group at IOS and people peeled away as necessary because of time commitments and wanting to do different routes. It ended up being me, Marty, Dan and Jerry and we were having a nice time on the bike. Marty started to bonk a bit and was lagging behind for awhile. I was riding on the inside of Jerry and wasn't paying attention (I was talking too much) and ran off the shoulder. If it hadn't been so rainy here recently I probably would've been fine, but the clay was mud and I slipped immediately when I tried to get back on the road. Hit Jerry's back wheel (and luckily didn't take him down with me) and then overcorrected again only to smack on the pavement. I scurried up quickly to get out of traffic and was very embarrassed! Jerry and Dan were very nice and made sure I was okay, which I was. Falling in the winter is much safer than the summer - I took the brunt of the fall on my left hip, which had 3 layers covering it so I didn't even brake the skin (might have a bruise later on), and skinned my knee. The unfortunate part of that was I now have a nice hole in my new leg warmers (2nd time wearing them). It's also a bit swollen and looks like a small egg on the side of my knee. My ego hurts the most for being such a fred on the bike!
Marty didn't see any of it and just thought we were waiting for him on the side of the road when he rode up. And of course, the most important -- bike seems fine!!