Run Off The Road

Yep, unfortunately as the title reads – that is what happened to me yesterday… Sucks. I was 13 minutes into my 90 minute recovery ride when an eighteen wheeler decided to occupy the same space as me. And if there is one thing that I remembered from high school physics – two objects cannot occupy the same space…

To make a long story short: I turned right on the just-turned green light, the truck ran his red – ostensibly because he was going too fast and didn’t see a car…. So now we are both in the same lane – I have no where to go – the truck has squeezed me out of my lane – problem is there is a very high curb running along this section of Strandherd Rd. And no I couldn’t bunny-hop it – I don’t know how to bunny-hop my bike onto an object I’m running parallel to. (Not that there was time to even try this trick.)

So I got squeezed into the curb. Horrible sounds from the carbon hitting the cement. Then even worse sounds as I went flying – crashing right knee first onto the sidewalk and bike collapsing in the middle of the road. Stunned I picked up my bike pretty quickly – had to since not one motorist stopped. No the truck driver didn’t stop – I doubt he even saw me. (And if you’re not going to stop for a red light…)

Gave the bike a quick check. Picked up my water bottle. Noted the massive rip in my favorite tights. Rode home. Darn. After some consideration I went to a walk-in clinic to get the gash on my knee cleaned out – lots of road/sidewalk in my knee.

So the doctor was super nice. Until she poured about 250 ml of hydrogen peroxide on the open bleeding knee! Yikes. But surprisingly it didn’t sting that badly. I think I was in shock from the events. Crazy.

So yesterday’s training leading up to the race this weekend did not go as planned… Well, it could have been worse. Luckily for me I came out of things okay. I’m just about to head out for my last intensity work-out before cyclo-cross nationals.

The timing on this is not great. But such is life when you live an active life. Last year I crashed the day before ‘cross nationals and badly sprained my thumb. I felt no pain on race day. I fully expect to have the same experience on Saturday.

(Honestly I wasn’t even sure if I should tell you about this incident. I don’t want it to sound like I’m making up an excuse. But then I thought, well I write about all the positive stuff that happens so this should get the same exposure.) Lucky for me I’m meeting with Nick from Summit Consulting tonight – perfect timing.

Okay, best go. Sorry for being such a downer so early on a Tuesday morning. Good news is the photos from the race on Sunday are up.