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  1. #31
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    Sounds like fun, Crankin. I do miss some of those activities the big cities offer. I did ride into town, yesterday and there was a motorcycle rally and meet going, complete with stands selling hamburgers. That's more our speed, up here.

    Did 12 miles of laps on my trails, today, first half with my old Pugsley and the last half with the Log Lady. Pretty pooped out when I was done, but the two bikes were an interesting contrast, of course. The old Pugs is no racehorse, but you just can't beat those wide tires for smoothing out the trail and rolling over anything in their path. No need to do any fancy darting or dodging. Just plow right on through. As for the Log Lady, after riding the Pugs, it was like going from a pickup truck to a Porche.

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    nwg, there are a lot of online shops that sell custom decals. For awhile, a lot of folks in our bike club in NC were getting decals with their names on them, so I did the same when I built a lovely Aegis Swift with bronzy-gold decals. I matched the color as close as I could on an online shop and added my name to the frame. Can't remember the online shop, as this was back in 2004, but they did a great job with the decal!

    Crankin, your ride (including campus and bike path) sounded really fun. Just the kind of ride I would like. I like variety during a ride rather than just a long road ahead, where the environment is the same the entire way. Keeps my senses clicking.

    We finally got a ride in yesterday (first in nearly a week after traveling and have been visiting my mother and step-dad). This was in my mother's and adjacent neighborhoods. She lives in the foothills of the Appalachians, so it's quite hilly, though there is one road connecting a couple of the neighborhoods that is flat, a welcome break. No shoulders, but at least the speed limit is only 25-35 mph, and it doesn't get much traffic. The neighborhoods are hillier but get little traffic on Sunday mornings. It was hot, humid, and sunny, so I only put in 18 miles, about half my Florida normal. With the hills and riding my Bike Friday, which is slower than my Trek, I still got a great workout. Glad to get out there, even though conditions are never ideal in this area for riding.
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    Good for you, Emily. As they say, where there's a will, there's a way. Can't always find a place that is bike, friendly.

    When I lived in the Chicago area, my suburb was NOT bike friendly, other than a couple of short paved bike trails in a couple local parks and, of course, those had to be shared with people walking. No bike lanes in town, not a one, or even bike routes for dealing with traffic. Bicyclists were totally on their own for dealing with traffic. While it was technically illegal to ride on sidewalks, the cops actually encouraged me to do just that on some sections of roads for my own safety. These were road stretches where several bicyclists had been killed. Did get to do some mountain biking in the nearby Forest Preserve on gravel trails, but those same cops and some locals also warned me to be ever vigilant. Those were known hangouts for drug dealers (and, yes, I saw these people). Worse yet, more than one gal hiking or jogging on the trails while I was there disappeared without a trace. Pretty darn spooky. Still,those were some great bicycle years for me. Will never forget them.
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    We've had beautiful weather, but today is cloudy, humid, and breezy, although not too hot. It's supposed to rain a bit this afternoon.
    I rode to the gym Monday and did my class, which apparently set my recovery back, as I was really not feeling well for the whole day at work. Kind of sucked, since I had 8 clients until 7pm, as I am going away tomorrow. But, a night of sleep helped and yesterday I finally felt much better. Still not 100%, though, so I went out for a little ride of 13 miles this morning. At mile 5 I thought I was sweating a lot, but it was actually raindrops I was seeing. Along with that, there were a few nasty wind gusts. I started thinking that every time I am on the road I was on, going in this direction, it has been either sprinkling or foggy and I've had to shorten my ride. So, at that point I made my decision and was fine with it. The sprinkles were intermittent, but the head/crosswind was not, so I was surprised that my average was as good as it was, and not at "touring" pace. Not high, but about average for me when I am not really pushing it. In addition to the wind, there's one short, but steeper hill right before the final 3 miles home, which is flat.
    Glad I went, but vacation for 3 days will give me enforced rest from the bike, although we may rent bikes and ride along the Chicago River. Hope to ride a lot next week on Wed, Thurs, and Fri, as we will have our granddaughter for the full weekend next weekend. I wish we had a bike trailer, but DH doesn't want to invest in one, and would rather wait until she can ride a tagalong or on her own bike. I will be able to do a shorter ride on my own, one of the days, but we most likely will hike with her in the carrier one of the days.
    We get home at midnight Saturday, so I also hope to ride early Sunday, before Father's Day festivities. It's supposed to be 90.
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    I hate to add gloom to anyone's day - we all have enough in the way of negative news, these days - but I need to report that I had a major bike accident., yesterday, that will cancel all my bike riding for at least the next six to eight weeks or most of the summer.

    I was riding the Log Lady, late yesterday, and lined up to climb over a large three foot high bolder that I had climbed over 100s of times. I remember getting the right line and the right speed and I remember climbing it. That's the last thing I remember until I found myself on the other side, me laying on my side, looking up in the air. Just laying there and gasping in pain. I did the proper inventory of the body parts before getting up. All seemed in tact. When I got up, though, my neck and adjacent shoulder area were screaming with pain. Fortunately, this took place on a section of trail only 30 yards from the house. Wheeled the bike inside the house and my husband and I were both shocked to learn that the left side on my face was torn and battered with two huge goose eggs growing fast. Tried to rest a bit, but the pain in my neck made it impossible. Off to the hospital emergency room we went.

    After a long and very painful night in the trauma surgery unit at our local hospital, I was diagnosed as having a broken ring around my top cervical vertebra. In other words, I broke my neck. No paralysis, fortunately. but the potential is there if I have another accident will the mends. The specialist decided that surgery was not an option, so that means I would be wearing a neck brace for the next six to eight weeks with severe restrictions on physical activity. Absolutely NO bicycle riding of ay kind. The only thing I'll be doing, this summer, is walking. That is allowed.

    I have only myself to blame and don't deserve any sympathy. I knew the risks of this kind of riding. Just that I rolled the dice and lost on this one. I feel a bit vindicated, though. The reason I built trails on our property was for just such a scenario. Had the crash occurred back, miles from any road, in some of the places I used to mountain bike, I might still be there.

    When I do hop back in the saddle, there will be changes. No trick stuff or stunt stuff like rolling over big boulders. No kamikaze rides down long hills at "breakneck" speed. There will be more road biking and more conservative trail riding. And I will still post, here, to keep in touch with all my friends, here, when the pain allows.
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    Wow, Joanie. You definitely deserve sympathy. That was. So. Close. Scary. Don’t try to push to make yourself heal faster. Glad you are relatively okay.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Good grief ……Hoping the healing process is quicker than you anticipate (remember you ARE Wonder Woman!!!) ….and that you find satisfying things to replace your wanting to be back on your trails in the meantime.
    On my late ride home tonight from the office I lit some incense at the Buddhist temple here (covering that base for you ) …with wishes for strength and seeing such obstacles as vehicles for learning about and strengthening the body, heart and mind...
    …….you know…i know somehow we are related
    ((HUG))
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Thank you so much, both. Love that you thought enough of me to light the incense, rebecca. I do feel we're all related, here. Can't tell you both how much your words mean to me, right now. I don't know which is worse, the pain or the depression. My whole lifestyle in the dumpster in a fraction of a second. I'm still in a state of shock. Not sure how I will deal with this, but I will find a way. I keep thinking of Emily and how she managed her accident and that's a real inspiration, right now.

    My bicycling will never be the same, though, and that's a good thing. I have such a hard head, this is probably what I needed to make the necessary changes. I have a long time to think about it, for sure.

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    Just got to looking at the new helmet I bought last week because I was concerned my old 15 year old helmet wouldn't protect me. This explains why the left side of my face took such a beating, but the helmet is actually cracked, not just gouged. It even cracked the foam lining, inside. It saved my life. If the impact was enough to crack some bones in my neck, I shudder to think what would have happened without the helmet. Now it's got me crying, again. I am so very, very fortunate.
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    Holy cow! I'm glad you weren't hurt worse, NWG.

    Hang in there, and just take it one day at a time. First allow yourself to process the shock of what happened and get through the initial pain. I'm sure it will be beautiful to take walks around your property as you start feeling better. Treat yourself to some nice new walking shoes.

    I was sidelined for a couple of months last year, and was able to find other activities to keep me occupied. One was work related, learning new programming languages, but another was learning to crochet. Maybe there is something new and interesting that you can explore while you recover.

    And of course we're here for you to vent as needed. But for now just try to rest and start to heal.

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    Thank you, NY. I did just that, this morning: went for a walk m the trails. I revisited the spot where I had the fall, trying to piece together what happened for peace of mind. Try as I might, however, I can't remember anything about the impact. Maybe that's a good thing. Went on my way and walked a full mile, but that was all I had in me, today. I will walk every day, now that I have that option. Star senses that I am hurt, so she stayed very close on our walk and was careful not to jump on me, the way she often does.

    Not sure how I will handle this down time, but you're so right about filling my time and staying busy. Have always wanted to learn to crochet or knit, anyway. I think the first thing I crochet is a helmet. (Just one to hang on the wall, of course.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Thank you, NY. I did just that, this morning: went for a walk m the trails. I revisited the spot where I had the fall, trying to piece together what happened for peace of mind. Try as I might, however, I can't remember anything about the impact. Maybe that's a good thing. Went on my way and walked a full mile, but that was all I had in me, today. I will walk every day, now that I have that option. Star senses that I am hurt, so she stayed very close on our walk and was careful not to jump on me, the way she often does.

    Not sure how I will handle this down time, but you're so right about filling my time and staying busy. Have always wanted to learn to crochet or knit, anyway. I think the first thing I crochet is a helmet. (Just one to hang on the wall, of course.)
    Do you have a concussion? Stressing the brain while healing won't help it heal faster, or better. I had a grade 3 concussion in 2012. It's important to rest and eat well, and that includes the brain.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    No, no concussion. While in the hospital for about 20 hours with the trauma team, they checked every single hour for signs, did X rays and C scans, the works. That's how they caught the cracked collar on the vertebrae. I think they were surprised that the damage was all confined to my neck and face. Every check included an exam of my spine and vision, too. What is equally amazing is that I didn't break a nose or damage an eye, especially given that I have a cut at the bridge of my nose where the bridge on my glasses bit me and cuts just below the left eye and another near its edge. That eye was swollen partially shut, but is opening back up, now, as the swelling goes down. One inch, one way or the other, might have been a disaster. Really have to give credit to that new helmet. It fit, properly, good and secure. My old helmet was always sliding around on my head.

    As soon as my husband saw what had happened to the new helmet and how it really didi its job, he drove to the bike shop and got one for himself to replace his poorly fitting cheapie. He's no biker, so he never understood how important a good helmet can be or why anyone would spend that much money for one (a Giant for only $90, nothing fancy), but he does now. By the way, these new helmets are set up to take a blinkie light in the back, so if you put on your helmet, you have a light. Great idea. Soon as I can bike, again, I'll get another helmet for the one I destroyed. Had my husband donate the wrecked helmet to the bike shop to use as a demo when someone balks at buying a helmet. Who knows, it might save someone else's life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Thank you so much, both. Love that you thought enough of me to light the incense, rebecca. I do feel we're all related, here. Can't tell you both how much your words mean to me, right now. I don't know which is worse, the pain or the depression. My whole lifestyle in the dumpster in a fraction of a second. I'm still in a state of shock. Not sure how I will deal with this, but I will find a way. I keep thinking of Emily and how she managed her accident and that's a real inspiration, right now.

    My bicycling will never be the same, though, and that's a good thing. I have such a hard head, this is probably what I needed to make the necessary changes. I have a long time to think about it, for sure.
    NWG, I know you said you don't want sympathy, but how about empathy? I am shaking my head in disbelief right now, and my heart goes out to you! What terrible luck, and right after you just got your lovely Log Lady!

    I know so well how it feels to have your entire cycling life ripped out from under you in the blink of an eye, and it sucks! I appreciate your kind words about how I have dealt with my crash last year (and I had an equally serious one in 2005, when I broke my pelvis in three places and was non weight-bearing on that side for 8 weeks; was off the bike for several months that time and still have pain to this day).

    However, what makes your situation worse than either of mine in many ways is that you normally ride every. single. day. I have other significant interests and hobbies that are able to flow to the forefront when I have to take an enforced hiatus from the bike. I love cycling, and it is a very important part of my life, but not to quite the extent that it seems to be for you, so this will be all the more difficult for you. That sucks!

    Since you don't remember the accident, I am assuming that means that you lost consciousness briefly. I was asked that many times after my crash by various doctors, but I don't think I did. If so, it was no more than for the blink of an eye. I guess the doctors' concerns there were for a possible concussion, and I hope that you didn't suffer one on top of your other injuries. ETA: In my hurry to respond, I missed your post right above stating that you didn't have a concussion. Thank goodness! That's a positive.

    I will miss your frequent and interesting ride reports but do hope you'll keep posting as you recover. Just as I have changed some things about the way I cycle, you will obviously do so, as you intend. It kinda sucks, but sometimes you do have to make those adjustments. I just hope that when you do heal, you will have a minimum of lasting pain and impact. Both of my crashes have had long-term impacts that I expect to continue for many years to one extent or another, so my wishes for you are probably not realistic, but you are a warrior, so I know you will carry on the best you can! If you're not familiar with Pamela Blalock, you should check out her blog. She has been through a lot of serious bike injuries (as well as breast cancer) and manages to forge onward. She's one of my heroes, and my husband actually knew her from work years ago, when she lived in NC.

    Here's her most recent post regarding her injuries:
    https://blayleys.blogspot.com/2018/0...e-so-stop.html

    I will be keeping you in my thoughts. I am still shaking my head in shock and disbelief!

    Emily
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    Thank you so much, Emily. I'm thinking my mind just doesn't want to relive the collision. I'm good with that, because it was horrific enough. Went back to the accident scene and I think I found a big sharp-edged boulder that did me in. Still makes me sob out of gratitude when I think of how lucky I was. I'm in a pretty emotional state, right now.

    I'll be fine, though. I'm too much of a doer to sit and mope for long. In fact, I walked a mile and half of my trails, yesterday, mostly to see where I was as far as my physical ability. Used a good walking stick I had as a precaution against taking a fall. Would walk, again, today, but we're in the midst of a heavy rain. Don't want to walk muddy trails and risk a fall. It's all part of a new mindset I have to develop, now. I'll just walk up and down the driveway or something.

    This layoff also gives me time to do some upgrades on the bikes that I've been putting off. It also gives me time to do some serious thinking about changes I need to make in my bicycling - and there will be some major ones. That's a good thing, too. I'll turn this disaster into a learning experience.

    Thank you for the link to the blog. Although I hate to think anyone would have to go through such an injury, it is good to know that others like you have and have continued with your bicycling.

    I'll stick around, here. I'll let you guys do the riding for me. Reading the monthly rides thread will be great therapy. Get out and ride, everybody.
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