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It was going to be a good average time(15 posts)

It was going to be a good average timemetty108
Oct 5, 2001 12:16 PM
Hi folks.
After work today I decided to go for a quick 25 mile
ride, so I set off on the ride feeling very good, the wind
was slight so I was pushing about 22-23 for about 5 miles,
my average was 20.5, so I was looking good to keep that for the whole ride. Then a truck pulls out of a small lane just
as I come to a small village, causing me to slow, then we got stuck in some traffic lights for a minute or two, my average had gone down to 19.4, still not to bad. I parted
company with the truck and tootled off at the previous speed
again, came to a few hills, went up them at 14-15. Then I turned left onto a main road with undulating hills. I came to the top of a small climb, and the descent goes down a main road in a small village, so I looked ahead to see if the coast was clear, all the cars were moving and people had crossed the road (except to young girls waiting to cross). So I just freewheeled at 25, the these 2 girls decided to run across the road with out looking. I realized that I might hit them, so I yelled LOOK OUT!!!!! So they stopped dead, I swerved to the left to miss them, they then looked and saw me for the first time, and ran straight in front of me. CRASH!!!. There were arms and legs every where, the girl I think landed on my leg, so It was a softish landing for her. I picked my self up checked to see
if the girl was ok (she was just crying but seemed ok) Straigtened my bars, picked my computer up from the road, and road off with blood running my leg. All I was thinking
was that my average time has just gone tits up. Well I finished the ride in 1:21 with an average of 18.8, so It wasn't that bad. I just have a bit of road rash and a cut to
show for the ride though. But after all that it was still
an really fun ride. So this was my first major spill, can
anyone remember the first time they took a harsh fall.
See you Later

Paul
re: wiping outguido
Oct 5, 2001 1:24 PM
Your encounter with the two girls was like mine once: I was exploring a residential side street in my town, and a 6 or 7 year old girl was on her little bike. I came straight by her, wishing to say hello. She freaked, and went right in front of me just before my front wheel caught in her crank and threw her over, me faithfully clutching the handlebars of my bike as it went into the curb and banged me on my shoulder. She's crying now, and I'm picking myself up, noticing my front wheel is warped, I won't ride home, plus my shoulder bone is broken. The girl grabs her bike and runs home, as I, in excruciating pain, curse my luck. Eventually I go to her house to call home, and the poor thing is still crying in her bedroom. The moral: One, stay off of residential side streets with kids playing on them. Give kids as wide a berth as possible. Two, when you take a fall, don't try to break it with your shoulder. Any ideas on how to fall?
How to Fallbikedodger
Oct 5, 2001 2:03 PM
Tuck and roll. The idea is to spread the impact out over a longer time to reduce the peak forces. Although hitting a curb tends to end the roll.

Mike
How to Fallmetty108
Oct 5, 2001 2:21 PM
And hitting a young girl also stops any forward
sliding motion. Well when I realised I was going to
hit her, my body just relaxed, so that prevented any
broken bones, but my thumb joint into my hand is a bit
sore now though.
Paul
How NOT to FallElefantino
Oct 5, 2001 2:52 PM
Repeat after me:
• Do not fall on your head.
• Do not go over your handlebars and fall on your head.
• Do not go over your handlebars, fall on your head and break your neck.

Had a neuro eval today to see if there was any underlying brain injury from the accident.

"OK, Mike, I'm going to tell you these word combinations, and in a few minutes I'll ask you to repeat them to see how many you can remember. Are you ready?
"Truck, arrow.
"Raccoon, paper.
"Rose, bag
"Star, ladder
"Plane, cactus.
"Got it?"


The good news is that after 8 HOURSof this the conclusion was that, yes, I have a brain. More concise results will take two weeks.

So now, let's repeat:
• Do not fall on your head ...
By the way, Paul, glad you (and the girl) are OK (nm)Elefantino
Oct 5, 2001 2:53 PM
By the way, Paul, glad you (and the girl) are OK (nm)metty108
Oct 6, 2001 7:46 AM
Thank you very much for the word of thanks.
I hope that the final stages of your recover
goes ok, then kick arse on you bike.

Paul
Not to sound like a humorless hardassjtolleson
Oct 7, 2001 9:47 AM
but you can skip the "tits up" reference next time, particularly as a shorthand for failure. Thanks.
Not to sound like a humorless hardassmetty108
Oct 7, 2001 12:03 PM
This phrase (i shall not mention it again) is a very
commonly used english term in my region. And failure
would also mean (to me anyhow) that no matter how hard
you tried you were just not good enough. I did not
consider this ride a total failure, as my overall time
was 1 minute slower than the previous week, so with what
happened it wasnt that bad.
Paul
People dont understand that your going 25mphbear
Oct 7, 2001 5:44 PM
all my close calls been becasue I am sure that people dont see that you are doing 25mph, cars[ thas why they cut you of], people figure seens they do 5mph you most be going slow also, oh my only falls so far where when I was learning to unhook my pedals, yes twice I hit the pavement, would forget about the pedals. funny now but it did hurt.
I have to ask you Paul.....Len J
Oct 8, 2001 3:48 AM
since when is average speed so important that running someone over becomes little more than an obstacle. I think you better examine your priorities.

Just my oponion, but you could have really hurt her.

Len
I have to ask you Paul.....metty108
Oct 8, 2001 8:18 AM
Hi Len

I totally agree with your point, although I was a bit
miffed about my average time, I spent the remainder of
the ride and pretty much the whole weekend wondering if
the girl was going to be ok to go to school today. I am
sorry if what I wrote offended anyone, it was not intended
to sound hard and callous. Sorry again.
Paul
Another example........Len J
Oct 8, 2001 9:10 AM
of how electronic communication does not convey the range that face to face does. I am glad to know that this girls plight did effect you, it certainly seemed in your post that she was secondary to your speed. I found that to be hard to believe.

Thanks for the clarification.

Len
Another example........metty108
Oct 8, 2001 1:17 PM
Len

Thanks for accepting my apologie, I truly appreciate it :-)
Mmmm, thats the thing with these forums, peoples emotions, humour can often get taken the wrong way. What can be done
(aside from the classic smiling/winking/frowning face) Perhaps an addition of colours, so peoples moods can come
across.
Paul
Good Question.....Len J
Oct 8, 2001 2:34 PM
I try to reread my posts before I post them finally. I look to see if they are communicating what I want. I also, like you, am quick to admit when I am wrong & try to quickly explain when I'm mis-understood. One problem I've seen on forums is people who quickly go from an oponion to defensiveness without looking at what they wrote & how it might have been interpreted. I try not to get defensive.

Other that that, you just do the best you can.

Len