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A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.

Bones will Heal, Bikes will Wait

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b2ap3_thumbnail_P7050082.JPGAs many of you know, about two and a half weeks ago I was involved in a serious bike crash caused by a car. I was fresh back from completing my 2nd Vapor Trail 125 out in Colorado. The Vapor proves to be some of the most rugged and difficult mountain biking I've ever done in my life, I didn't fall once. Then, the day before my home town's Heck of the North gravel road race I hit the deck on a section of road I've ridden hundreds of times, because of an illegal turn made by the driver in front of me. The four broken ribs I suffered took me to a new level of pain as well as a serious case of the "downs".  A lot of people have been telling me that it could have been a lot worse and when I'd hear that I'd nod, agree and say to myself, "yeah, but it still really sucks". The time is passing and each day I feel just a little bit better and can do a little bit more. Things are different right now, but heading back toward the way they used to be. I don't ride to and from work right now, instead I get a ride to work and I walk home. I'll add that a week ago I shuffled along, now I actually walk! Hell, if you were to see me you would most likely think I wasn't injured at all. I need to remind myself that I still am hurt and no matter how long I stare at all those bikes in the garage, I'm still hurt. Yes, sometimes I open the garage door and just look at them. The blue one pictured on the right really needs a bath, the Ti La Cruz sits in there still loaded and ready to go to the Heck of the North. I haven't had the heart to tell her that she most likely will just be heading back to the trainer. Despite my desire to get out there and ride in this spectacular fall weather I need to be patient.

My trip to the doctor today was a good one. He's been my doc since I was a very young man and he's been through all 7 broken bones with me, as well as a knee surgery, and a torn spleen. I didn't need to explain to him that I love riding my bikes, he already knows. Together we studied the x-rays and he let me know that I'd be o.k. to ride the short way to work next week, with the special instruction..."DON'T FALL". I told him about the accident and we talked about good people as well as bad. While saying 'good bye' he mentioned that he couldn't believe the driver just left me there. I shrugged it off, because now I'm looking forward, not back.

I'm excited to ride next week, even if it's for only 15 minutes at a time, but to be honest I'm nervous. I'm sure the uneasiness will pass, but for now I think I'll be extra careful around all those big steal boxes with wheels. b2ap3_thumbnail_P2210530.JPG

Looking ahead I see big races and big adventures. I can't wait to back in the game. I once told a good friend that I feel more comfortable on two wheels than I do on my own two feet. Soon I'll be back on those two wheels.

See you out there!

 

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A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.

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  • Guest

    Hey Tim, Good to hear you're healing.

    Having just been through a life-changing injury and recovery, I relate to what you're saying about "coulda been worse".

    The reality is that people are uncomfortable about negativity. They don't want to say anything negative about your experience, and sadly most people are uncomfortable when an injured person is bummed. I was depressed and feeling sorry for myself, and I needed to be feeling sorry for myself. But when I talked to people, if I said negative things I could see their reaction. And I would turn around and say, "but at least it wasn't a head injury or spinal." That optimism wasn't what I was feeling, but it was too awkward socially to share my true emotions.

    Be thankful for Amy (I know you are), because you have somebody close who can let you be bummed. And who can be bummed with you.

    Heal up, and celebrate the little bits of progress. But let yourself feel the negative stuff too. It's all part of the experience.

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    explanation Amy Friday, 24 October 2014

    "Rarely does an empathic response start with 'at least'." --Dr. Brene Brown I love her!

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