Just waiting for the ok from thendoc tonstart training again. And i know
The support (lack theoreof) is far to close to home
Sadly, it wouldnt matter if yhis was how i made a living their would still be an objection. Cant fight uphill on all fronts
See the speciaist on the 8th , training before sundown hopefully.
Id pulled my neck and would probably be on my way shortly. Just debating scan or xrays to be sure. Scan won
One ct scan later and im being taped down to some blocks and told to keep still as ive broke C4, C7 and T4 possibly. But mot to worry as id got no signs of nerve damage yet.
World went a bit dark just then
Was moved onto neurosurgery ward for the experts in the morning and put on fluids as i was dehydrated. Id need another scan and then we will see.
Two different junior consultants visited to tell me what would happen and not to worry
It was a long night
In the morning - i was advised it was a stable C7 lamina only - i could go home with a collar and it takes 4-12weeks to get better .
In the bed next to me, a cyclist hit by someone pulling out at point blank distance tonthem sending them over thenbonnet. Same injuries as I except paralisis that was now abating (25days after). Helmet saved his life
Opposite, a cyclist who had one to many to often and hit a tree and nages his head( no hemet) lucky to be upright.
But im releived beyond measure. And now a little fustrated.
Imuk org returned my kit and the aa brought the car back and its juat about getting better.
Another race? Im game but inthink the donestic challenge will not be thwarted anytime soon.. Im reluctantly benched. Perhaps less reluctantly as insit here with a collar on and think of what might have been. But i will heal, so being stronger and wiser for the experience ill want to scratch the itch again.
How did I crash on an empty road, on my own, in daylight and in the dry? I dont know. I looked down to seat the bottle , looking up saw the verge almost under my wheel, and was in the edge unfolding mysef a split second later. Unlucky certainly, but crap handling skills and snatching the breaks would be my best guess. (Lesson : you can prep indoors, but you prep for esential skills outdoors )
Why no oomph? I just dont know - i wasnt right coming out of he swim, and maybe was just crap - i should have been quicker and no reason not to have had at least a good lap before fading. Maybe just more work required
Colt alley was inspiring right before sheephouse (which isnt ). And passing pirate support was nice but only saw then the once as i was in a ditch as described above before thensecond lap was out.
Most gutted by the fact my legs were fresh, no after effects after 90 miles even if they were slow ones. If i could have got onto the run who knows but that ship sailed by mile 77. Mental focus is another learning. It really is a long hard slog
arrived pennington mud baths and proceeded to eat some of the bike nutrition ( nana and down some electrolyte sports drink and then hit the head for an urgent deposit ( warning 1 - not the best sort of deposit indications of upset bowel ). hitting the head took so long i had to make my way through the entire swim queue to my rolling start time ( ish ). I was aiming around the 1hr35 ( +/- 5 ) as Id done the distance in 1hr 30 once and the half had me at 44mins so giving myself another 5 - 10 seemed fair. ate the gel at 6am.
slowly meandering down the start chute until its time to get wet.
and were off. hit the water about 20mins later - settled myself with a little breast stroke then into the rhythm of an injured dolphin trying to walk. swallowed a little too much lake maybe ( i don't think I did ) but started to feel sick about half way to bouy1. swam usual zig zag can't sight for my life approach. corrected on contact with canoes and tried to recover from feeling crap. bouy 1 turn left. plodded on. stopped, bouy 2 turn left . plodded on. considered taking a breather on a canoe. didn't. plodded on some more. belched a lot. felt a little better. bouy 4 and out for lap 1 in 46 mins. releaved. felt shit but wasn't far off time wise. best man up. crack on.
back in the water and is was the same but worse. sighting was better, straighter but slower and topping to belch or be sick . exit lap to in 50 something. struggled to release wetsuit. felt like id been spinning and drinking on the wurlitzer. made it to t1 and collapsed onto a seat to get changed while the tent span. suit off, hat on, shoes on. bag all that, stand. sit. wait. stand walk out to the bike. belch again. heachace , dizzy and nausea. ( what a twat ). but all in the 1.41 for the swim was close enough to be on track. the 15min+ in T1 was not.
walked bike up to mount point and started off. struggled as soon as I started to push. couldn't catch my breath. every effort felt huge. so decided to focus on nutrition and getting to sheep house and then make up time downhill. was slow. but ate food, banana, drank a bottle started a second hit the feed for replacements and then sheep house lane. hills are not my friend. and id not brought enough gears. mashed up first time . so my own reckoning i was 30mins down by the top of sheep house. the downhill was nice - I'm a nervous decender so wasn't pushing it but nice to get a little speed. and the weather was cooler than expected but dry.
the relief didn't last. anything other than downhill was far too hard. and I proceeded to grind out the first lap. pulled over to be sick. carried on. noticed Lucy whatshername fly past like the had put the work in. kept at it. slowly. lap two was worse. and it became clear that i was going to miss cutoff. i think I mentally abandoned the race around mile 80 once id done the math about cut off.
replenished the feed at the 85mile point.
now I know, I may not have ridden 110 miles but a couple of 80's and plenty of hard 25's - i should have been able to make progress on my plan. but i couldn't be averaging above 14 or 15mph. and I wasn't. the legs felt fine though. which really sucked.
im not sure what happened next. around mile 90 or so. i took a drink. saw the verge approaching and was then in the bush/verge unrolling backwards having hit the hedge/verge and wrenched my neck.
was lying on the verge bemoaning my luck. didn't hurt much mind and then a motorbike marshal appeared, stopped me getting up and called an ambulance. thankfuly. the race crew recovered the bike back to T2. ( it did a pretty good last 20 miles according the to computer ). the ambulance assessment ended with me going to preston royal due to the pain in the neck/back.