Maybe it’s familiar and maybe not. That sickening deep and loud thud which occurs in an instant. An unmistakable sensation of a blunt force impacting you, sending the signals of immediate pain to the brain and the body’s nerve endings in mere nanoseconds.
Day one after the accident
The pain that leaves you writhing on the ground, wondering what the hell just happened. Pain that renders you feeble, helpless in that very moment.
Right hip/thigh – day two
Left arm – day two
Left side of abdomen – day two
So, these images are the result of a 4000lb or so SUV punting a 160 lb rider on a 15lb bicycle… I was lucky, because the hit came from the left side. Not head on. I never did see the vehicle turn in to me, but I sure felt it. The women driver claims she never spotted me until my body was flying through the air. Nice. 😦
She pulled right into the bike lane, right in to me. Thankfully, nothing was broken, no head injury, nothing super serious. Just a lot of soft tissue damage, pulled muscles and ligaments. These things are bound to happen, given the lack of driver awareness and education of pedestrians and cyclists. A 3 foot or 4 foot law is useless, bike lanes are useless, because in the end if drivers are not aware an d/or not severely punished for these types of incidents, then nothing will really change.
Hopefully I’ll be good to go in a few weeks and put this behind me. I’m getting too old for this nonsense! 😛
On a side note, after I regained my senses about 20 minutes later, I pedaled onward and finished my ride. (probably not the smartest thing to I did)
A small reward was nabbing 7th overall on a double hairpin segment. First time down and only 3 seconds off the KOM. Fastest time in 2017 sop far… The hydraulic discs on the rent-a-bike were an amazing piece of engineering and equipment. Had I known the terrain better, were able to pick my lines a bit more precise, I’m confident I could have challenged for the top spot. When I get back to Colorado Springs…it’s on me list lads and lasses!