Hello and Happy New Year to all IMTB Trails Guys AND Gals! New Year day this year started off with a crash. Scan, Don, Jason, Francisco and I decided to hit Santiago Oaks for a 20+ mile blast this past Wednesday. Weather was nice, the group was great, I was excited. After the initial tough climb, we dropped in to an extended downhill section that is not technical, yet fast and loose over DG. Don was out front and made the climb first and dropped in. I chased. As I was up to speed in no time, I noticed traction was very low, or the trail was very steep or both! Even under the massive power and modulation of the MT7's, I was having to be careful on my braking points. While there were no jump lines on this section, there are high spots that you tend to pop off a bit, the bike's suspension uncompressed and the bike feeling light. It was fun and FAST. As I came into a slight right hand turn, there was a high spot just before it. I was moving very fast, and after the light feeling and the entry of the turn, I went from riding to sliding on my right side instantly. There was no "oh Sh!t this is about to happen", it just was. As I slid to an eventual stop, I got right up and took inventory of my body. It took a couple minutes for the those behind to come up, and give me the "are you ok?". I calmly replied I don't think so. My right leg, knee, forearm and elbow had deep skin loss. The guys I was with were great. Scan (Fran) was flushing my wounds with water, and Don came back up to see where we were and have a rather impressive first aid kit. I was only 1/2 joking (actually I was serious) when I said I wanted to continue to ride. The guys whom had given me the trail-side triage had other thoughts, more like get back to the car, and go to ER or Urgent Care. There was a cool trail of blood in the dirt, and my Intense Primer was splattered with the stuff in cool fashion. There was a rather substantial hole on my elbow which was deep and exposed wide open. Not to mention I was bleeding from the leg, knee and arm. We decided it best to get me to the car. Upon further inspection of the bike (Yes, the bike is Mostly ok!) we noted my dropper cable ripped out and hanging. No dropper, seat down, steep climb out about 3.75 miles to the car. Crap. I was able to ride because it was simply faster, but it sucked being in that much pain. I wen to Urgent Care to save a buck, and they had me there for close to 5 hours doing extensive wound care and 8 stitches to the inside and outside of my elbow. They ending up saying I really should go to ER so I could get a CT Scan, X-Rays and more wound care. So the following day, I got to do that. So what did I learn? I learned that I'm grateful I was not alone, and with great friends who knew what to do. That I should have gone directly to ER not Urgent Care. That at 58 years old, I need to not slow down, but at least wear some lightweight impact rated knee and elbow protection. I learned that you can crash anywhere and high speed may result in serious injury. I learned that I love riding way too much to consider reduction at this point or slowing down. I have the bloody pics if this is the place for them. I hope each of you stay safe and still ride with all the passion you have while avoiding injury in 2020. I am feeling better each day and hope to at least get on the trainer until I can get in the dirt again in another few days.