Wow, amazing how time flies. It has now been 5 months since I was in the two accidents and not very much has happened since then when it comes to my training. I have literally not been training at all. 😦
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Todays planned 100 miles ride was cut short at 55 miles when I got hit by a car. Just three weeks after the other bike accident. I was riding the Boulder course with coach Yoli and my team mate Evelyn who was sag wagon. The weather is beautiful and the sight is very clear. I saw the car and thought for sure the driver had seen me. The car was at a stop sign to the left of me, and I had the right away. No other cars were around.
Coach Yoli was about 50 meters ahead of me. I was riding 24 miles/hr, yes actually one of the few times I reached that speed on a flat road. 🙂 Suddenly the car accelerate out in front of me, I reacted by instinct and swerved right but couldn’t get away from the car fast enough. The car hit me on my left side, I flew on top on the car’s hood along with my bike and then fell down to the ground. The car stopped, Thank Goodness. The driver came out and said she never saw me and she apologized for hitting me. (Later she told the police she barely hit me and that I fell on top my bike, whatever!! ) The ambulance came and took me to ER. Again!!
End result no broken bones, but black and blue and sore everywhere. My left hip is hugely swollen and sore. But I’m still here!! 😀
Life doesn’t always go the way you want sometimes. I’m starting to wonder if I’m part of the “Final destination” movie without knowing it!! Ugh!!
**Please keep your eyes open for everything when you’re out biking. Don’t assume they see you, even if you do have the right away. Be aware. I have a feeling it might be worse when we’re getting closer to IMBoulder and everyone are out on training rides and cars that don’t pay attention. **
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Well today went a whole lot better on the bike than my first ride on Thursday. Today I got on I was a little shaky, but it went away pretty fast. We staretd out by Conoco station in morrison and climbed up to Red Rocks and then back over dinosaur ridge to then enter into Bear creak. my coach told the others in my team to push it like a TT and she told me to take it easy. And so I did, I climbed and felt a bit out of breath. it felt a little discouraged, but I have not been on my bike for 3 1/2 weeks so what did I expect? I ended up riding 26 miles today and I ran 1 mile on 10 min. Not a bad start. I think I’m ready for my 100 milers tomorrow. 🙂
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First time back on my bike after the accident.
Whoa, I sure had a interesting experience today. I was riding my bike for the first time after the bike accident three weeks ago, and as soon I got on it I got a horrible shake and nausea, and I suddenly got real nervous to the point I started to cry. I biked from Conoco in Morrison into Bear creek, barely a mile and my condition was like I had a nervous breakdown. Luckily, I met up with my coach Yoli and my teammates, who all were very supportive and understanding. I felt really silly that I cried. I guess I experienced some sort of post trauma anxiety.
My coach had me do cone drills, pick up bottles, circle the cones, stand up on the bike etc. then she sent me out to ride very easy and adviced me to only think of my position and my gears and not let any fear come into my mind. I started to feel better. After an hour the shake went away and my confident started to come back. I could feel my body getting adjusted into aero position, except for my neck who was screaming out of pain, but even my neck got quiet after a while. I silently talked to my “Snow” (bike)..yes, I do talk to my bike. 😉 I was reassured everything was ok, not to be scared and nervous. I felt pretty soon at ease. I felt a calm when I biked around Bear Creek and my fear was gone, at least for this time.
Oh, how I love this little pond. It’s not open for public, you need to have a special pass in able to swim there. It’s been open since May 1st, and usually I go in the first day to get acclimated to the cold. But this year I decided not to. The water was perfect 64 degrees, 16C, couldn’t be better, with wetsuit that is. I swam a mile and it felt awesome. My arms felt a little heavier than in the pool, but that’s normal. My time is always a bit slower in open water. The weather was sunny and high eighties, perfect. The water was clear and one of my tri-peep saw the big fishes clearly swimming, I’m glad I didn’t. I have seen them before and it freaks me out a bit. Another friend swam and a big snake crossed her path few yards ahead of her, she was told it was a bull snake. Eeek, glad it wasn’t me. The good thing is that nature is around us and even thou it can freak me out sometimes, I truly appreciate it and I feel blessed living in a state as beautiful as Colorado.
They say Chatfield is going to be filled with water in a few years to accommodate everyones need of water. This makes me sad since the Park has grown into a recreational park with cyclists, runners, campers, family, wild animals, rare bird nests, you name it. Even thou many of us has signed the petition to save the Park, they are doing it. 😦
Ok, so I cheated at little! I have not been cleared to do any workout from the doctors, but I couldn’t resist BoulderBolder, the second largest 10K in the world! And it’s in our backyard. I had to do it, I wanted to do it! I wanted to represent 3W races, where I’m one of the ambassadors.
I decided to take it easy and run just by feel. I looked for the other ambassadors but with 50,000 people, not an easy task. So I took off by myself. Start time for me 7.20 am. It was so much fun, music and so many people. The run went fast, again I kept my pace even all the way. The last 400 meters are in the stadium, so cool to run there. I made it under 1 hr. 57.05min. I have done this race once before, two years ago and I beat my time by six minutes. I ended up in 27th place out of 388 in my age group. Not bad being injured and all! I’m pleased. 🙂
Just when I’m starting to feel great after my injuries and my Tri- training is going great, the accident happens.
I’m biking on the cherry creek trail with some of my YTT team mates just about to make a left in the tunnel to climb the damn a guy on a B-cycle, a heavy rent a bike comes flying down the hill and slams right into me. There was nothing I could do. I was trapped between a metal fence behind me and this dude. I flew off the bike hit my head and lost conscious. Thank goodness, I had friends around me. The ambulance came and took me to the emergency. I had suffered a bad concussion and a whiplash along with a deep gash in my left arm. Luckily no broken ones. My helmet cracked, my tri suit was cut apart,my Garmin watch broke and my bike! My bike!! 😦
Luckily, my bike service guy could fix my “Snow” . Myself, I got three weeks of no working out. Next week is three weeks and I will see my doctor again. I feel so much better and my wound on my arm, where they needed to stitch me up has pretty much healed. I’m going