Well, the verdict is out. X-rays show that I have two cracked ribs (2nd and 3rd) on my left side. That crunch I heard when hitting the ground Saturday was not imagined after all.
It's no wonder I had a hard time breathing and a good deal of pain and discomfort while on the bike Tuesday morning and this morning. Good thing I have a fairly high tolerance for pain.
I did make sure to ask the Doc if it would be OK for me to continue riding, albeit at a diminished level. He looked at me somewhat dumbfounded and asked. "Why would you do that?"
Answer..."I just like to ride." He said that the pain would definitely dictate how hard I could go, which I realize now will not be very hard. He also emphasized no crashing. No shit!
Also, I need to continue with the beta-blockers until I can re-evaluated by my regular doctor.
I new back in Feb. that this could be an ongoing thing, but I didn't have any issues until yesterday. I also scheduled a complete physical. People have no idea how much I hate going to the doctor, but I realize now that it needs to be done.
On the positive side, my new 29er is in and Travis will be putting it together for me. I'm looking forward to heading north in a couple of weeks to spend the week riding forest roads and fire trails. No technical stuff which will be good for my condition. Just a lot of woods, gravel, dust, and bugs. Gotta just love that. Oh! I forgot to mention, no traffic. One of the areas I'll be riding in is the Button Box Lake area.