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Old 02-05-08, 08:23 PM   #1
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Ford Taurus:1 Fisher Marlin:0 (or "the I got hit by a car today thread")

I guess I've finally graduated.
Today at about 3:15 pm, after 25 years of riding, I got hit by a cager.
It wasn't as bad as some people have gotten it, meaning I didn't break anything, but I still hurt pretty bad.
I know some people say when things like that happen it's almost as if time slows down and they get to watch themselves do it in slow-motion, but not for me. As soon as I realized "This guy isn't even gonna look", I had already hit the ground and was back up and checking my bike to see what, if anything, was broken. It all happened so fast and I had so much adrenaline in me, I didn't even consider I might be more f***ed up than I felt.
I thought to myself "I've had worse, besides I gotta get to work" and like the idiot I am, didn't even get the guy's name or insurance or anything. (Stupid, I know, but hey, I was a virgin at this stuff until just today.)
When I finally got to work (yes, I kept going) my boss sent me home with an order to go to the doctor and get checked for a concussion. I very seriously doubt I have one, but my mom, who used to be an RN in her former life, is supposed to wake me up early in the morning and check my eyes, then ask me a series of questions. If I fail either of those "tests" I have to go get a CT scan.

So now I'm sitting here not getting paid, with a ice block against my hip, and I'm actually kind of happy I got sent home. It gave me a chance to wash my road rash, and I'm quite sure I'd be hurting a lot worse if it weren't for the ice and tylenol.

Luckily the bike only ended up with a front tire slightly out of true (I've been planning to change hubs and go disc for a while anyway), but for some reason my speedometer won't work now.

I think if anything though, as soon as it (and me) are fixed up, I'm more determined than ever to end the year with more miles pedaled than driven.

So be careful out there. I know I will be.

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Old 02-05-08, 08:30 PM   #2
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I'm hoping your boss didn't send you home on your bike. Did he at least call you a cab?

Glad you're mostly alright. Hopefully no concussion.
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Old 02-05-08, 08:33 PM   #3
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I never got any slow-motion either. If I had, I could have done something, dammit.

Glad you made it out more or less okay. I probably would have gone on my merry way as well, had the bar next door not overflowed with people, most of them calling 911.
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Old 02-05-08, 08:36 PM   #4
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Glad you are okay. I got whacked with a side-view mirror in the tricep a season back. It happened before I realized it. Stayed on two wheels, though. So hardly even a bruise.
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Old 02-05-08, 09:17 PM   #5
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I guess I've finally graduated.
Today at about 3:15 pm, after 25 years of riding, I got hit by a cager.
It wasn't as bad as some people have gotten it, meaning I didn't break anything, but I still hurt pretty bad.
I know some people say when things like that happen it's almost as if time slows down and they get to watch themselves do it in slow-motion, but not for me. As soon as I realized "This guy isn't even gonna look", I had already hit the ground and was back up and checking my bike to see what, if anything, was broken. It all happened so fast and I had so much adrenaline in me, I didn't even consider I might be more f***ed up than I felt.
I thought to myself "I've had worse, besides I gotta get to work" and like the idiot I am, didn't even get the guy's name or insurance or anything. (Stupid, I know, but hey, I was a virgin at this stuff until just today.)
When I finally got to work (yes, I kept going) my boss sent me home with an order to go to the doctor and get checked for a concussion. I very seriously doubt I have one, but my mom, who used to be an RN in her former life, is supposed to wake me up early in the morning and check my eyes, then ask me a series of questions. If I fail either of those "tests" I have to go get a CT scan.

So now I'm sitting here not getting paid, with a ice block against my hip, and I'm actually kind of happy I got sent home. It gave me a chance to wash my road rash, and I'm quite sure I'd be hurting a lot worse if it weren't for the ice and tylenol.

Luckily the bike only ended up with a front tire slightly out of true (I've been planning to change hubs and go disc for a while anyway), but for some reason my speedometer won't work now.

I think if anything though, as soon as it (and me) are fixed up, I'm more determined than ever to end the year with more miles pedaled than driven.

So be careful out there. I know I will be.
Ouch! Glad to hear it wasn't worse. The "time slows down" thing requires at least a second or so to kick in I've found. I've had it happen where I've had "time" to consider and reject 2-3 options before bailing "over the top" in 2 instances. In the 3rd, I had much less time and only had time for "Oh! my legs!" fortunately, that time I was wrong.

For the road rash, I have found, if it is actually bleeding, that those advanced healing patches, the big ones. Can be overlapped on the raw skin and do a quick job of healing.

The computer may not be working because the magnet has been moved too far from the sensor?
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Old 02-05-08, 09:35 PM   #6
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The time slowing down thing is called "temporal distortion." Glad to hear you're okay.
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Old 02-05-08, 10:09 PM   #7
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Definately glad to hear you are OK.
I've been hit, I'm sad to say, four times in 13 years of cycling. It is definately a crap feeling...then the time off because of injuries, the damage to the bike...it just sucks.
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Old 02-05-08, 10:31 PM   #8
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Have had a few slow mo roadsmacks - although I did- don't know how - steer out of a front end collision with a PT Cruiser - she skidded about 15 feet - I was a deer in the headlights cause she jumped a light as I was crossing a street and I watched a "slo mo" car skid towards me - total front end impact into the full side of me and I was just watching her front fender the whole time, and kept turning the bike - it was weird --- and didn't hear a thing except my heart beat and stayed standing in the pedals and kept turning the bik slowly - and watched her fender come to a skidding halt less than 2" from the front tire ... she never said a thing - I just looked at her - prolly in shock --- and then all of a sudden I could hear everything - road noises - birds. It was freaky. We just drove off and didn't say a thing or look back.

But aww man - I hate hearing of a fellow bicyclist going down.

I'll also ask the obvious - driver did stop and do the right thing ... right?
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Old 02-05-08, 10:46 PM   #9
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glad you are ok
getting hit by a car is no fun, i have taken a ride on the hood of a car before and as i fell back to the ground in slow mo i was laying there thinking my bike my bike this person hurt my bike
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Old 02-05-08, 10:49 PM   #10
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Glad you're OK! Been an nasty week this week.
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Old 02-05-08, 10:59 PM   #11
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Thanks for the kind words, guys.
I still hurt, but I feel a bit better inside knowing it could have been much worse. I could be in a coma, or dead, or paralyzed and unable to ever ride again. (not sure which of those last 2 is worse, to be honest)
But that feeling of "Damn, I just totally dodged a hail of bullets" is finally starting to set in.

I just keep coming back to the fact that I simply walked away from it, and for that I'm really grateful.

Alfster - no cab, I rode the 8 miles home. I guess I'm just hardcore like that. (or really stupid)

Tude - oh you should have seen the guy! I think I made him crap his pants. He seemed so genuinely shaken up and scared to death he'd seriously hurt me, I didn't even have the heart to tear into him.

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Old 02-06-08, 12:32 AM   #12
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glad you are ok man, i guess since i hit a car today we are in similar boats
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Old 02-06-08, 01:20 AM   #13
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Glad to hear that your ok. You'll probably be sore tomorrow though.

This week hasn't been kind to cyclists, so I think we should start next week tomorrow.
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I experienced the same thing in 2007. I hope you heal quickly.
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