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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.