Alex WijmaMrs. OrtizELA Period 5Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Personal Narrative It was like any normal day at the skatepark. The roaring sound of wheels rolling on ramps, and the sounds of birds chirping in the distant forest. The weather was perfect, I had no worries of anything at this time. However little did I know that this day was going to be a lot more painful than I anticipated…After riding all the massive bowls for about an hour, I decide to head back to one of the biggest bowls at the skatepark.
I ride down it all the time on my BMX, it may be big, and scary, but oh is it fun. Just the feel of adrenaline rushing through your system really gives you a big rush. “Alright mom, here I go.” I said to my mom who was watching in the distance. I roll up to the 15 foot tall roll in, then I think of the path I will take, then once I got it, I grabbed my handlebars, got my foot placement correct, and went down the roll in.
WHOOSH! Down I go, heading for the first turn, and fast. I angled myself to turn and WHOOSH! I make the first and the second turn, I did both of them faster than ever before. So fast I even started getting wobbly a bit.
Then it was the final turn before the clam shell, this turn was never my favorite because of how sharp it is. One wrong move, and you’re done. Normally I make this turn just fine, but remember, I was going fast, which I completely forgot about. I lean more than supposed to, and as I am making the turn I realized my mistakes. One, I was going much too fast, I leaned too far to the right. Then before i knew it both of my wheels slid and I landed right on my knee. BANG! After landing on my knee, I turned right onto my my back and I hit my head right on the concrete.
Dizziness, then darkness…. I got knocked out, despite having a helmet, it was loose and it slid forward a bit as I fell over, so the back of my head became vulnerable. Finally after a long 10 seconds of being knocked out, I open my eyes, my vision blurry, and my ears ringing.
I try to recollect what in the world happened. I then feel pain, a terrible pain. The pain came from my knee, I look and right where my knee is, and blood is covering the concrete, and its covering it more and more as time passes.
I try my hardest not to freak out at the sight. Then suddenly I could hear mom faintly through the ringing sound of my ears. “Are you okay!?”. Still shocked I couldn’t speak.
It’s like nothing I felt before, when I fell it was like all time stopped for that split second. “Yeah… I’m fine I think.” I said to my mom. I look back down at my knee, and just by looking at it I could tell I had to do something, and fast. I struggle to stand, but I use my bike to help me up. I then throw the my bike as vigorously and as hard as I could out of the bowl so I can attempt to climb out.
Even though my knee was really bad I didn’t even know what was wrong with it, I had to get out of the bowl. Problem was, my mom couldn’t help me, she wouldn’t be able to get out. So I slowly limp towards the roll in, and with every step I take, the pain got worse and worse. I sprinted as hard as I could, and trying not to think about the pain, and just like that I got out of the bowl. I sit on the ground, and look at my knee, with my mom gasping and running to her phone, I knew it was not a normal scrape.
I thought it was just a scrape, but as I look, it looks like there’s a hole in my knee, and lots of blood was coming out. My mom doesn’t know what to do, so I grabbed my BMX and rode back to the car. Once we got back to the car, the sun just set behind the trees, and we had to go to the hospital to get stitches. It was the worst experience I’ve ever had, and I didn’t ride again for a whole year and a half, I was too scared I would fall again. So just remember, never go past your limits, and don’t think nothing bad will ever happen, because one day, it might come up and hit you right in the knee.