Greetings to all of you. Just wanted to give you a bit more info and an update...
I\'m doing better every day. I was released from Tustin Rehab On Tuesday 8/26 and am now home enjoying my own bike and trainer. I am still in "recovery" mode but I have been improving every day.
You got most of the facts from Damion, but here are some more of the details:
On Satuday, 8/9, I was doing a long training ride from my houe in Irvine, up Peters Cyn. (dirt) to Santiago Cyn Rd. (paved bike lane), up Blackstar Cyn, (dirt) to Sierra Peak on the Main Divide. In all, about 55 miles and about 4,000 ft f climbing. I was getting ready for the upoming 24-hour race at Hurkey Creek in the later part of this month. What has transpired since then has been dreamlike, to put it mildly since I have been in a crash-induced fog since then. Seems as though my "long" training ride turned into a long "rest period".
To the best of anyone\'s recollection (including mine), I had experienced a get-off while returning from Blackstar somewhere on Santiago Cyn Rd. near the entrance to Irvine Lake.
There was an "anonymous" 9-1-1 call made that morning describing a bike accident near the entrance to Irvine Lake. That would have been "me" being described in the anonymous call.
The details are still being debated, but it appears as though I was going at about 16 MPH when I hit the road surface with my new (less thatn a month old) helmet. There is still debate as to wehether a vehicle was involved or not, but testing later that day would show that I suffered no blackout, seizure, heart issues, stroke, or convulsions. I did not pass out in the moments immediately before the accident. Since then I have not been in a coma. Good news. Maybe I am just a klutz.
The first part of the trip up Blackstar and Sierra was uneventful. Riding partner, Tim & I
were making a good pace, trading the lead regularly with each other on the 9-mile dirt climb to Sierra Peak.
The descent was also uneventful although the pace had picked up significantly as we rolled down the rutted trail to Blackstar Canyon pavement.
We got on Santiago Canyon Road and headed back to Peters Canyon; that\'s
where the cobwebs have begun playing tricks with my memory.
My Garmin shows the exact spot where I went down and my speed at the exact
time that I ruined my new bike helmet.
So how am I today? Well... well enough to be coherent the entire day and to have typed this message! (Although I feel on occasion as though I have had a few too many beers!). My vision is still a bit of an issue ( I see double rom time to time but this has been improving), and my reading glasses are now a must! I spoke with my occupational and speech therapists recently who both agree that it\'s just a matter of a few weeks before I am my old self again!
I am registered into a few events this fall (5-person Co-ED at 24-Hours of
Adrenalin at Hurkey Creek followed by the Furnace Creek 508 (solo) in early October. Unfortunately, I\'ll have to bail on both since the MDs do not want me doing anything in the next few months that has a risk of another head knock. So, I am being told that pretty much any sport that requires a helmet is out for a while.
Please , please please, make sure you are wearing a helmet during every ride! I do not want to imagine how this may have turned out had I not had a helmet on.
THANK YOU to all for all of your well wishes. And please keep it up. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or right here.
ps. To leave things on a more upbeat note, If you did not hear, I placed 2nd at the 2008 World Solo Championships held in Canmore Canada on July 26, 27. I raced back from 8th place in my class to a second place podium finish.