Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Takes A Lickin' and Keeps On Tickin'


That would be me, not the bike. This is how it unfolded ...


Today was supposed to be a "ride how you feel" day. I was feeling pretty good and with temps in the low 60's, I was not about to pass up a good day on the road. My legs were light and springy; I would say I was riding "without a chain."


Coming back home I was heading North on Cedar Springs Rd. The white Grand Am was heading South. I saw him and the red pick up behind him (as I always try to be aware of vehicles near me). Without warning (no turn signal), the Grand Am turns left into my path.


Not even a chance to brake! All I remember is the initial impact. The next thing I know is I am staring down at my broken bike. Adrenalin and anger boiling inside me, I rush the car, ready to do battle. What do I see in the driver's seat, but a little old man with an oxygen line running to his nose.


Man! I was so mad, all I wanted to do was hit this person ... but how could I strike an 87 year old man who can't see or breathe? He was pretty upset and kept asking if I was o.k. Shaking his head, he said, "I never saw you." A pretty typical response when cyclists get hit by vehicles. Now I was worried about him; I didn't need him stroking out or having a heart attack. I told him to just stay in his vehicle until the police came. He said he would probably lose his license over this to which I replied, "That's probably a good thing. You could have killed me!"


The two men in the red pick up stopped and offered their help and also to stay and give their eye report to the police. I asked them if they saw the whole thing and they did. Since I did not remember anything except the thud of my body against the vehicle, I asked them for their account. The younger man said that when I hit the right front quarter panel, I catapulted over the hood and landed on the opposite side of the car. Then I immediately sprung up and went running after the white car as it slowly came to a stop about 15 yards from the point of impact.


What I cannot figure out is how I landed. Nothing above my waist was damaged, body nor clothing. From my power file, I was going 20mph at point of impact. Did I land on my feet? If I had landed any other way, I am sure I would have had some abrasions or torn clothing. Thank goodness for that as I was wearing my new Specialized kit.


So, I have a large bruise on my right quad, bruises all over my left lower leg, and a deep cut on my right lower leg. Other than that, I am o.k. Thank God!


My bike was not so lucky: broken fork, cracked frame, and two taco'd wheels. Not sure about the PowerTap. Fortunately, the driver's insurance is through State Farm, who sponsored our team a few years ago. My Dad said, "Just had to take the hard way to get a new bike for Christmas, didn't you?"


What really sucks is that I rode as safe as I could and did everything right. Lights both front and back and wore a light colored kit. Now I will have no power files for my coach for a couple weeks and I am going to be sore for the next few days. This person has really inconvenienced me and that is what is really frustrating. He license should have never been renewed; he even told me he was not allowed to drive on the interstate.


I am very thankful to be alive. I just hope that Charlie allows me to go back out on the road again. Now that the adrenalin rush is over, I do not need a drink ... I wanna get back out and RIDE!!!!!!

9 comments:

Lisa said...

I am so glad you are ok! I'd always cringe when my 90 yr old grandfather used to drive around for the same reasons...just not aware of everything that is going on. Hope you have a Merry Christmas anyways!

Emily said...

Glad to hear you are ok, from that pic of the bike I am surprised you didnt get more roughed up!

Krista Park said...

Wow! Glad you are "okay". That is about what happend to me, deep quad bruise from hitting the bars as the bike hit the truck, went over the hood, etc. But I didn't jump up, I stayed right where I landed. I was able to ride home though, I shouldn't have but I did.

If you haven't, you should probably go to the doctor (just to have it on record). I didn't and it turns out I have a knee, back and shoulder injury I didn't know about. Since my whole body was sore I just waited and waited to get better, my knee, back and shoulder never really healed (it has been a year now). Turns out I have a torn rotator cuff, torn ligament in the knee and I haven't had my back looked at yet.

Lucky for me my bike and PT were okay though. Your poor bike...

LyndaW said...

Yikes! Glad you are mostly ok. Scary stuff.

Danielle said...

Whoa....I'm really glad that you are OK Carey. That is SOOOO Scary.

Rest up!!!

Liz Schleeper said...

Glad you are ok. Someone less skilled prob would have been in trouble. I hope my senses survive long enough for me to know when to ground myself.

keith said...

I had a friend get hit just like you did. Car turning left in front of him. the lady said the same thing. "didn't see you." The lady gave him and his broken frame bike a ride to his house. He was Ok also. Glad your OK.

Kym said...

So gald you are alright!!! I got hit by an old man pulling out of his driveway a couple of years ago and like you, my first thought was "please don't have a heart attack on me...". I hope you heal quickly.

Mark said...

wow...just checked your blog. glad to hear you are ok!!