And furthermore, I've now moved from the community of "riders who haven't gone down yet" to, well, that other community.
I was riding out this morning to meet my parents for breakfast. Coming down Western near the prison, I was in lane position closest to the curb, and as I rounded a gentle bend, I drifted towards the curb and fixation took over from there. Now, I've noticed myself fixate before, and was always immediately aware and had time to correct myself. In this case, it happened too fast- by the time I understood what was happening, I had rubbed the curb and had a nice tank-slapper going. Shortly thereafter, the bike and I parted ways. I landed in a nice, semi-soft mulch-lined median and rolled for a bit.
Cars stopped to help before I ever got up. I only had pain in my left shoulder- which was what hit the ground first. Paramedics arrived within five minutes, and shortly thereafter I was mummified to a backboard and on the way to WakeMed. Turns out I cracked my shoulder blade right down the middle and tore some ligaments. I'm strictly a one-armed man for the moment- can't really even move the shoulder. I go back to follow-up with an orthopedist in ten days.
Bike didn't sustain any terrible damage- demolished the front fairing, scarred up both cans, bent the right bar up, busted a mirror, and bent the rear brake pedal. It does still run- I investigated this a bit ago, much to my mother's chagrin. She seems amazed that I want to get back riding ASAP- but I do.
Looks like I'll be out of work for a week or two- good thing I'm due for some vacation time.
Ride safe, everyone. Learn something new every day, and hopefully your lessons will be less painful than mine.