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Old 03-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #81
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T/Al, sorry to hear about Lena's accident. Hope she recovers quickly. It reminded me of an accident I witnessed a few weeks ago in our area. Guy was riding one of those crotch rockets (not fast either) and he hit something on the street, maybe a piece of wood. Boy, did he take a tumble. I'm thinking what would have happened if he had been going faster. Luckily he landed in someone's yard and didn't get too messed up. Walked away from it all. Gotta really keep a sharp eye out. Best wishes to Lena.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:43 PM   #82
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Glad to hear she's recovering well. I completely understand her reluctance to ride again. Keep us updated!
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:39 PM   #83
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Along with everyone, I'm also hoping for a speedy recovery for Lena.

I think you are going to have to be patient with her about getting back to riding. Since she can't recall what caused the fall, it is just human nature to be even more insecure about it.

I had a similar experience with a serious car accident. The guy came out of the blue and hit me (blind intersection). After getting out of the hospital, the first thing I wanted (needed?) to do was to visit the 'scene of the crime'. What I hoped to see was some kind of a reason for me to blame myself for the accident. If I could do that, I could convince myself that I just need to be more careful, look for this or that, and I can keep myself safe. But it wasn't there. It was a blind intersection, and if someone blows through their stop sign just as I get there, I get hit, and there is nothing I can do about it. It is very unsettling. Sticks with me to this day.

While this is far from being a test-pilot, I remember one of the messages from the book "The Right Stuff". Whenever a test pilot 'bought the farm', or 'augured in', the other test pilots talked about how he must have made some dumb mistake. It's a self-defense mechanism - if we convince ourselves that it happened because the other guy was careless, then it can't happen to us, because we are on top of it. But sometimes, stuff just happens. That is hard to process.

So glad she had that helmet.

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Along with everyone, I'm also hoping for a speedy recovery for Lena.

I think you are going to have to be patient with her about getting back to riding. Since she can't recall what caused the fall, it is just human nature to be even more insecure about it.

I had a similar experience with a serious car accident. The guy came out of the blue and hit me (blind intersection). After getting out of the hospital, the first thing I wanted (needed?) to do was to visit the 'scene of the crime'. What I hoped to see was some kind of a reason for me to blame myself for the accident. If I could do that, I could convince myself that I just need to be more careful, look for this or that, and I can keep myself safe. But it wasn't there. It was a blind intersection, and if someone blows through their stop sign just as I get there, I get hit, and there is nothing I can do about it. It is very unsettling. Sticks with me to this day.

While this is far from being a test-pilot, I remember one of the messages from the book "The Right Stuff". Whenever a test pilot 'bought the farm', or 'augured in', the other test pilots talked about how he must have made some dumb mistake. It's a self-defense mechanism - if we convince ourselves that it happened because the other guy was careless, then it can't happen to us, because we are on top of it. But sometimes, stuff just happens. That is hard to process.

So glad she had that helmet.

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Dear Lord please do not let me screw up on this flight, but if I do, please make sure I die in the accident so I do not have to spend the next ten years listening to my friends talk about what I did wrong.
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Very glad to hear Lena is doing OK and recovering well. I can only imagine how scary this would be.

Best Wishes to you both.

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I'm sorry to hear about this and hope for a speedy recovery for your wife T-Al. Having been in bicycle accidents myself, and a father-in-law who is almost totally paralyzed from one, I certainly wish for a quick recovery.
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Right now, I'm kind of feeling that it's not worth it. When someone was killed on my regular route it didn't phase me at all, but seeing my wife bloody and unconscious on the ground makes the whole thing more real in a way you can't appreciate until it happens to you.
I'm getting there. Sunday was a great ride for 20 miles, then an aggressive driver on a road with no shoulder set me down on my side hard. Good news is that hip and elbow are OK. Though the wrist is broken to make sure I learn a lesson.

Time to reevaluate exercise options.
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I'm getting there. Sunday was a great ride for 20 miles, then an aggressive driver on a road with no shoulder set me down on my side hard. Good news is that hip and elbow are OK. Though the wrist is broken to make sure I learn a lesson.

Time to reevaluate exercise options.
Here you go! So much safer, and the weather is always perfect.
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I'm getting there. Sunday was a great ride for 20 miles, then an aggressive driver on a road with no shoulder set me down on my side hard. Good news is that hip and elbow are OK. Though the wrist is broken to make sure I learn a lesson.

Time to reevaluate exercise options.
Sorry to hear of your crash, Tekward. Hope you recover quickly.

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Sorry to hear of your crash, Tekward. Hope you recover quickly.

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Me too, Tekward! I didn't realize until going back to re-read your post just now, that you had not just taken a spill, but actually broke your wrist. How dreadful. I am so sorry this happened to you.
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Good news is that hip and elbow are OK. Though the wrist is broken to make sure I learn a lesson.
You have a great attitude to find the silver lining about the bones you didn't break. I hope you have some heavy duty painkillers.

Did the aggressive driver stop to help you?
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I'm getting there. Sunday was a great ride for 20 miles, then an aggressive driver on a road with no shoulder set me down on my side hard. Good news is that hip and elbow are OK. Though the wrist is broken to make sure I learn a lesson.

Time to reevaluate exercise options.
Ouch! I hope your wrist heals well without too much pain.
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