25th of May 2012 I was returning home from work. I crashed my bike while crossing some train tracks that run across the road. The road is normal asphalt and between the train tracks the road is heavely damaged. The difference in height between the damaged road and the tracks is 2-3 inches. It’s in the harbor of Antwerp (Belgium).
Luckely I always wear my protection but my bike fell on my left foot with a big impact.

Location of the incident:

crashlocatiewhite = road
red = train tracks
green = route of the bike
blue = place of crash

Immediatly after the crash people ran to me to help because I couldn’t get up, I knew there was something wrong with my foot. They called the ambulance, and I was driven to the hospital where they made some x-rays and some scans.

Ow shit that doesn’t look good:

voetbreuk4 bones that goes towards my toes are broken, 1 of those bones is shifted as you can see on the picture above. There’s also a crack in my fibula.

They put a titanium plate on my fibula the 31ste of may:
DSCN3743and 1 metal pin through the bones that were shifted in my foot.

In the picture below you can see my foot after surgery and yes, that’s the metal pin sticking right out off my foot. I was like: “OMG, get that thing out of my foot, WTF!!”

DSCN3746DSCN3735After one month or so, they removed my plaster and the metal pin in my foot. The titanium plate on my fibula stays there for life. After my plaster was removed I followed 60 sesions at a physiotherapist. Physically it was hard … mentally it was a killer …


Metal pin out of my foot.

My bike only has some scratches on the left side, nothing serious:

Now, one year later, I can say my foot is still recovering from the fall. Everything feels good except for my big toe, it hurts sometimes. In Juli I have a new appointment with my doctor to take a closer look at my big toe and fix it if possible.
I’m just really happy I can still ride my motorcycle ;-). I will carry my scars with me for life and my foot will never be 100% again but I’m still dreaming of getting to the top of the Kilimanjaro on foot and riding to Dakar on my bike. No pain, no gain … I’ll get there!

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit however, it will last forever.”
Lance Armstrong

Why do we fall?

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