This post is rated Sprinters, Olympians and Ironman.
There are 2 types of cyclists: those that have crashed and those that will crash…
I was reminded of this harsh reality earlier this month when I went down for the…well, I can’t remember how many times I’ve crashed! All I know is that I have more scars and surgical equipment in my body that I would like to admit!
It was a normal training day. I woke up early and left the house by 6am. There was very little traffic on the road so I cannot blame my accident on that. About 30 minutes into my ride I blacked out and that was literally the last thing I remembered. It was the strangest thing and for the life of me I cannot remember what caused it. The next thing I remember was waking up in the back of an ambulance and the medic asking me where I was. My head was throbbing but I felt no pain. After a couple seconds, I finally responded to the question as we made our way to the ER.
After 4 hours of extensive testing, I was released and allowed to return home. The doctors could not find anything wrong with me which further complicated the situation. As I rode (in the car) back to the house the pain started to kick in and I noticed the gnarly road rash that I picked up as a result of the crash. OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!
I remember the doctors telling me that if I did not have my helmet, I would most certainly would have died. This brings me to the main point of this post, WEAR YOUR HELMET! I see far too many cyclists cruising around town without a helmet. Every time I see it, I will stop and ask “where’s your helmet?” There is far too much at stake to ride a bike without a helmet. It may not be comfortable, it may not be convenient, but it can most certainly save your life.
I’m just sayin’……