It is with great difficulty that I type this to you - mostly because I can only use one hand. I put the short story on another forum, but didn't get much love. A week ago today, I entered my first Grand Prix. Granted, I'm not what anyone would consider to be a great rider, but that is why I entered Novice class. I made the parade lap just fine. The track was great. There were a ton of riders. When the race started, I held off, to start in the back of my group. On turn three, some guy on a Honda plows into me and rides me into a tree. Now, I realize that some of you think that "rubbin' is racin'," and I can understand that, but this was early in the race, and there was a ton of room, and no reason for him to be near me. I wasn't racing. I was riding. He kept going. Anyway, after I hit the tree, I hit the ground. The wrist hurt, but I knew something was wrong when I looked at it. They aren't supposed to look like that. So one of the race officials helps me pick up the bike, and says, "Start her up and go." Sorry, but I couldn't pull in the clutch - or do anything else with the left hand, for that matter. So, I finally ride/push my bike back to the pickup, and walk over to the ambulance area. They put an ice bag on it, and put it in a sling that was less comfortable than the injury. I watched my 8-year old in his race (he made it much farther than me, by the way), and walked around for a couple of hours before I finally made it to the ER. Bottom line - arm broken in three places. Surgery with plate and screws. If I knew how, I would put the pictures from my cell phone here for your enjoyment. The worst part - he broke my brake lever! At least that's all I can tell that happened to the bike. Let me tell you something. After you turn 40, this kind of thing ain't that fun. It really takes a lot out of you. I don't know how long I'm out of commission, but I will be back on the bike as soon as I possibly can. I'm guessing 8 weeks. Probably no more GPs, though.