Monday, March 23, 2009

Thank God I'm stuffed with fluff and other non breakables.

Interesting update

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.


KatieTri's said...

I hope you're race ready by New Orleans. I'll be down there working and representing CycleOps at the event, stop by and say hey!

Glad to hear you're ok...happy healing!

Wil said...

OMG!! Holy cow that was way too close. Have you gotten to the hospital yet to be checked out? If not PLEASE GO. Man I'm glad you're in one piece...

TriSaraTops said...

OH NO! I am glad you are OK...very scary! Take care of yourself--I second Wil's suggestion!!!

Siren said...

Wow! That was a close call. I second Wil, you should definitely get checked out just to be sure!

Rural Girl said...

That must have been terrifying. Thankfully you're in one piece. Take care of yourself. Maybe no race this weekend, eh?! Rest up.