Saturday, 7 March 2009

I think someone's trying to tell me something...

Cairn had his first visit to the baby clinic on Thursday - for his six week check-up. All is very and the doc commented on how alert and happy chappy. He also said he has a "tall and lean" frame. That's definitely a Consani trait, as I come from a long line of midgets. I told him he's going to be a great runner, as he's a thoroughbred after all :-) The doc is a cyclist so tutted and informed me that cycling is best as "you can take in the world at the speed it should be enjoyed". I retorted by saying that cycling is what I do when I am a) injured b) commuting or c) enjoying a nice summer's day.

So, given that I am a)injured I had to dip in to my alternative exercise reserves and get back on the saddle. As it was quite chilly this morning I put on my long tights, jacket and gloves. After a collision with a wall a few years ago, which resulted in five clips in my head, I tend to wear a helmet when I'm on my bike. My sensible safety and clothing attire was a wise choice, as four miles along my route I ended up splattered on the middle of the road.

I was making my way up a hill on Bonhill Road, when I noticed a car approaching the junction on the left. I was slightly cautious as a car came out in front of me at the same spot last week, just missing me. I was sure the driver hadn't seen me, so I slowed down as I crossed. Unfortutunately he didn't slow down and to make matters worse, cut the corner...and smashed into my bike. I was thrown backwards and he took my bike with him.

So there I was flat on my back on the middle of a busy road. I could hear commotion round about me, but I think I was too stunned to move. Two women in a passing car rushed over to help me and the chap who hit me was standing over me practically crying and shaking. Possibly because he realised he'd hit a cyclist as a policecar was coming round the bend. Doh! I tried to get up but one of the policeman made me stay down and called an ambulance. The other stood in the road directing the gawking traffic. OMG I was mortified. I knew I'd have some cracking bruises, but I wasn't at death's door.

After I was checked over by the paramedics, I was safe to go. My legs had taken a bit of a bashing. Sod's law, my knees took the brunt of it. But my bike it totally mangled. Sonic came to pick me up, but the paramedics took my bike home in their ambulance. You can imagine the curtain-twitching on my street :-)

My knees are black and blue, but I was so thankful my skin was covered and I was wearing a helmet. Bet the driver is too - as he's been charged with careless driving. I told the policeman I didn't want him to be charged - accident's happen - but apparently I don't have a say in that.

So, running's out, my bike is in bits, the weather is too rubbish for walking and the local swimming pool closes at 6pm...do you think someone is trying to tell me something?

17 comments:

N.D. said...

Oh my goodness!! I hope that you are ok! That is quite scary!

Rachel Jayne Stevenson/Rogers said...

hey Deb, Lucky escape by the sound of it and like you say good job you had your helmet on! What a nightmare. Not much of a consolation but I have cairns footprints and handprints ready for you so will text to arrange. Take care and arnica!

R x

Rachel Jayne Stevenson/Rogers said...

hey Deb, Lucky escape by the sound of it and like you say good job you had your helmet on! What a nightmare. Not much of a consolation but I have cairns footprints and handprints ready for you so will text to arrange. Take care and arnica!

R x

John Kynaston said...

.. and you have been giving me stick for the odd little fall!!!

Hope you are all right and quickly recover.

Take care.

John

Billy said...

Glad you're OK. Having been knocked off twice myself and had a few near misses, I'm convinced that per mile travelled, cycling on roads is the most dangerous form of transport.

No, cycling's not the answer. You need one of THESE

Billy

Tim said...

Good grief Debbie! It's at times like this that you really need to count your blessings. You're alive, you've got a gorgeous baby (& Marco's not too ugly either) and there's probably nothing that won't heal with a bit of time.

Of course cycling is a mugs game. I've got five bikes in my garage that I don't ride now since I discovered the joys of running.

You're better off without the beastly machine. ;-)

Take care & rest up.

Tim said...

Just realised my last comment reads rather ambiguously. That "Good grief" was huge relief that you were (mostly) okay.

I really meant that this sort of thing makes you reflect on what's important in life.

Harvey said...

Harvey would no doubt echo my comments but 'tis I pacepusher, not the dog! Sounds awful, I know it's harsh but the guy should be charged... might make him more careful in the future... he was lucky this time! Look after yourself and take the chance to chill out and enjoy the (great news) 6 week healthy future WHWR winner whilst he's still not mobile!?! Keep well, and hope to see you all soon.

Subversive Runner said...

Glad you're OK Debs. Bloody idiot car driver.

You would have been safer without the helmet, by the way. With your flame coloured hair the driver would NEVER have missed seeing you!!!!!

Silke said...

Really glad you are o.k.! Thomas used to be a cyclist but quickly gave it up after his first ride here in Scotland. Far too dangerous as people are not used to cyclists on the roads.
I can recommend inline skating for cross training :-), on a well tarmaced cycle path and of course with a helmet!
Silke

Thomas said...

Thank god you got away without major injuries. I used to cycle in Germany and was hit twice by cars ending up on the street with bruises and limping for weeks.
As you know I did not suffer major injuries apart from beeing a bit crazy
;-)
CG

Anonymous said...

Debs - glad your ok, the guys an idiot for not looking out .. Trade your bike for scrap and get some new shoes.. - Cheers - Keith

mrspacepusher said...

Hi,
Hope you are feeling better now if Davie was saying in his blog that you were out running! Just wondering if you could tell me what route it was you did Kiliminjaro by - trying to finalise everything now and decide which route to go by.
See you in two weeks?
Caroline

Anonymous said...

Had the same accident car coming out from the left, hit the car side door post, flew over the car landed in the press up position about 3m on totherside. Took longtime for all the bruising to appear.
Go to casualty and then you doctor so you have a chain of evidence to claim for damages. The driver put in a counter claim that I damaged his car with the impact of my body...
Walking is good I do alot of that away from roads, wonder why.
Saw your blog while surfing, cute.

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