I was finishing up a decent training block this last Friday and I went out for an easy 20 mile bike. It was going fine and was a leisurely romp around the greater calabasas area. I was about 1 mile away from home and headed through a green light. A car turned right into me and tossed me over the hood and into the street.
Summary of the thrashing
I was thrown 15 ft into the cross walk
A small chunk was taken out of my helmet
Expected road rash ensued
Knees the size of melons
Black thumb due to smashing it on something or other
Annihilated bike (second bike trashed in three weeks which brings the grand total of destroyed bikes to around $9-10k)
I popped up after getting tossed and thought immediately "Wow you should be crushed. Maybe you are in shock and your leg is actually broken." I layed back down and looked at my leg. No noticeable protrusion so I got back up. The driver said lay down and I'll call an ambulance. I said, "I'm quite fine thank you. There's no need." I wept silent tears for my bike and watched as my knees ballooned.
Needless to say, I am so blessed to be alive and intact. I was laughing afterwards while I was icing my bruises and thinking, " I absolutely should be in the hospital right now." I wish I had a youtube video of the crash because it really is laughable that I am as ok as I am.
My training is curtailed and I am trying to get a bike before a race this weekend in Santa Barbara (probably won't race because my knees can't take a whole lot of pressure and range of motion is kinda non existent) and before New Orleans 70.3 at the latest.
Be safe. Wear your helmet.