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July 7, 2001 - July 7, 2002(29 posts)

July 7, 2001 - July 7, 2002Elefantino
Jul 6, 2002 11:28 AM
It's been a year.

Late yesterday afternoon, the doctor told me that while my vertebrae has not completely fused, I am nonetheless cleared for vigorous, non-twisting exercise. Road cycling, he said, would be good for strengthening the back muscles that need strengthening. Go for it, he said.

And so tomorrow, one year to the day after the accident and the broken neck, and 184 days since the accident and the broken back, I will return. It's only a club ride here in River City, and I won't be with the A group because trainer miles don't equal road miles, but so what.

The big pink elephant is back. Thanks for all the support.

Welcome back and happy tailwinds (nm)Starliner
Jul 6, 2002 11:53 AM
Godspeed Elefantino............................(nm)Dave Hickey
Jul 6, 2002 12:36 PM
Have fun back in the saddle again!Pecos
Jul 6, 2002 12:58 PM
And a year is long enough. Good news, indeed! nmMike P
Jul 6, 2002 1:42 PM
And the persistance award goes to.................Len J
Jul 6, 2002 1:48 PM
Congrats & welcome back to the road.

BTW How's the Serotta?

I'll let you know when it hits the roadElefantino
Jul 6, 2002 3:55 PM
The Trek goes first, though. It was broken and repaired, like me. I owe it that.
Sounds appropriate. nmLen J
Jul 6, 2002 5:11 PM
You can teach Ullrich a little about hanging in there!!..nmDjudd
Jul 6, 2002 2:57 PM
Welcome back. Safe riding (and driving).loop
Jul 6, 2002 4:07 PM
re: July 7, 2001 - July 7, 2002koala
Jul 6, 2002 4:33 PM
Way to hang in big guy...
Great news indeed! I'm very happy for you. Welcome back. -nmTig
Jul 6, 2002 4:57 PM
welcome back!!!!!!!!!! will we be seeing you in the pink jersey?weiwentg
Jul 6, 2002 5:54 PM
re: Congrats and welcome back to the road.JL
Jul 6, 2002 6:09 PM
Welcome back, keep the rubber side down NMDINOSAUR
Jul 6, 2002 8:47 PM
Welcome back---be careful (nm)Sharky
Jul 7, 2002 12:36 AM
go! go! go! move!!!colker
Jul 7, 2002 4:21 AM
that was a rainy day in dysneyland. it's sunny again..
all good things come to those who wait...:) NMcycleguy
Jul 7, 2002 4:54 AM
Well done! I wish you many years of good rides (nm)tempeteKerouak
Jul 7, 2002 8:28 AM
Jul 7, 2002 9:59 AM
Congrats and thanks for the inspiring updates (nm)mickey-mac
Jul 7, 2002 10:43 AM
Jul 7, 2002 12:00 PM
TBPEIB - (The Big Pink Elephant is Back) - you should get T-Shirts made!

As someone who has had a serious cycling injury (albeit nowhere near as serious as yours) I really applaud your effort on the way back.

Congradulations, may all of your miles be smooth ones!
Welcome Back Elefantino!!!AllisonHayes
Jul 7, 2002 1:15 PM
Welcome Back Elefantino!!!

(lyrics from Welcome Back Kotter)

Welcome back, Your new Serotta was your ticket out. Welcome back, To that same old place that you laughed about.

Well, some names have changed since you hung around, But those dreams have remained--glad you've turned around.

Who'dve thought they'd lead ya? (Who'dve thought they'd lead ya?) Back here to the RBR where we need ya? (Back here where we need ya?)

Yeah, we tease him a lot, Cuz we've got him on the spot. Welcome back.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Welcome back. We always could spot a friend. Welcome back. And we smile when we think how you must've been.

Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

Welcome back,
7+7+2001+7+7+2002=77777 sounds like a lucky number!!!AllisonHayes
Jul 7, 2002 1:19 PM
ya ol 'polcat--seven left, eh?
Yep, today was a lucky day!Elefantino
Jul 7, 2002 1:30 PM
Never did the math, but you're right!

Beautiful weather, only 29 miles, moderate pace. (I don't know what my speed/average was or what my heart rate was because I didn't realize both batteries were toast until I started to ride. Duh.)

I did find one problem: No more looking under my armpit as a rear view. My neck and back have decided they do not want to move that way anymore.

The Trek was wonderful. I didn't realize how much I missed it. Next weekend it's the Serotta's turn. (I promised the wife that I'd only ride in groups until I'm completely OK.) Tried a couple of stoplight sprint starts, too, and realized that I, um, suck.

And no, weiwentg, I didn't go all pink today. Out of respect for the calendar I wore the replacement for the LAF jersey that was cut off by the EMS crew. Next weekend, the Mercatone kit comes out. Heaven help us.

welcome back!ET
Jul 7, 2002 1:37 PM
One question: is riding in groups really safer? Maybe with a friend, but weird things happen in groups.
Congratulations Elefantino!!!! Ride safe!!!! n/tspankdoggie
Jul 7, 2002 2:42 PM
Yep, today was a lucky day!davee
Jul 7, 2002 6:25 PM
Congratulations on your comeback! I share your problem with fused vertebrae and an inability to look back. Mirrors may not look cool, but vision counts for more than looks in my book. You may want to give it a try.

Thanks for keeping us posted on your progress, and once again an heartfelt attaboy for your recovery.

That is truly great news Mike!js5280
Jul 8, 2002 4:52 PM
I'm so happy you're back on the bike. Hmmm, it was only about a week ago that I put in a good word w/ the Madonna del Ghisallo for you and now you're back on your bike. Coincidence or divine influence? I'll put posting cycling pics from my trip here soon. Have fun and take it easy, I don't want to be hearing any more accident stories from you. Keep us posted on your progress!