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I did not die!

Old 09-24-08, 09:41 AM
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I did not die!

So 2 months after getting hit (see https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/464237-hit-car-anxiety-getting-back-bike.html), I got on the road for the first time today armed to the teeth with high intensity Dinotte lights. This is what I learned:
  • I'm not as scared of cars and buses as I thought I'd be.
  • I could not stop looking over my shoulder. Never been more alert. Eyes up is my new motto (thanks BRNRBR!).
  • Surgical shoulder took it well.
  • Misc arm muscles on injury side are weak as hell and get sore fast.
  • Without any weight on the arms in the trainer for 2 months, holding a tuck is pretty easy.
  • I cannot sprint anymore - 680W for 5s, half what it was before.
  • I did not die.

It was just a measly 8 mi ride but I challenged myself doing only 35mph heavy traffic zones and feel like I overcame a big hurdle. I think I'm ready for more. Hope to survive a 50 mi group ride this weekend with the team.

Thanks BF for the helpful discussion. It was really good to hear your stories.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:51 AM
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Congrats, that's really pretty quick to get back out there.
It took me twice as long.
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Old 09-24-08, 10:05 AM
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Congrats, keep on staying undead!!!
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Old 09-24-08, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
Congrats, keep on staying alive!!!
Fixed.

Welcome back. Good show.
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Old 09-24-08, 12:53 PM
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Old 09-24-08, 01:04 PM
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Congrats on the come back. I hear Astana may have an opening soon

That's a really nice turn around from shoulder surgery. I think it took me almost four months before I could really use my arm afterward.
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Old 09-24-08, 01:46 PM
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That's great to hear you're back on your bike! I'm recovering from a broken hip and hopefully in another week or two I'll be back on my bike as well. I live in Seattle too, where did your accident occur? Take care.
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Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
Congrats on the come back. I hear Astana may have an opening soon

That's a really nice turn around from shoulder surgery. I think it took me almost four months before I could really use my arm afterward.
Thanks! I think a certain Mr. Armstrong may have already taken the spot...

What kind of shoulder injury did you have? Did you do PT for it? Even though I had a lot of trouble mentally for most of it, I followed the PT protocol meticulously. Plus I was really consistent about getting at least *some* cycling in every couple days. I did the stationary trainer at first, then switched to rollers as soon as I could so I think the stabilizing shoulder muscles got in pretty good shape early. My PT says I'm about 1.5 weeks ahead but she has one huge rule: DON'T CRASH. I'm seriously thinking of getting one of these shoulder armor things like motocross and downhillers use.

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That's great to hear you're back on your bike! I'm recovering from a broken hip and hopefully in another week or two I'll be back on my bike as well.
Oh god, it felt so good to be out on the road. It was weird though. I felt like I was in a Neal Stephenson book... one of his characters (I think a skateboarder), basically rode as if everyone was out to kill him. I think it's a pretty useful strategy, though I guess you have let yourself go at least a little bit or else you become a danger to yourself. Hope you heal up fast and get on the road again real soon!
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Good deal. Keep it up.
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Good job - I know what that first ride back is like.
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So what exactly happened to the car that hit you? Did the dude even stop?
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
So what exactly happened to the car that hit you? Did the dude even stop?
I took off his mirror but that's it. He just plowed right through me and left me in the middle of the intersection. It's fuzzy but I think he came back after a while and got a ticket and there were fire engines and cops and stuff. One of the witnesses thought it was a hit-and-run at first. I think it's better that nothing else happened, actually! I hear about guys who bend door frames and go through windows losing part of their face in addition to tearing themselves up inside. I remind myself it could have been a lot worse if I was even 1/2 second early.
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