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    Face Plant

    Well, it finally happened , my time had run up. 6 years and thousands of miles on my road bike and I've never been down, until a few days ago. Here is the blow by blow from my teammate Craig:

    Rick took a pretty bad spill on a training ride with me today, but

    he's going to be okay. However, he did face-plant into asphalt

    *very* hard followed by an ambulance ride to Sierra Nevada

    Memorial.

    He's going to have stitches for deep cuts on his chin and inside

    his upper lip and probably a capped front tooth as well. Nothing

    life-threatening, but painful beyond words and the broken tooth

    is not good at all.

    I'm going to put in some detail below because Rick was so shocked

    and surprised that he crashed. He kept asking me what the heck

    happened. Well, here it is. About the only thing we might

    take away from this is that a rear-view mirror may have avoided

    the incident (maybe). Neither of us had one at the time.

    Here goes...

    We had just finished a 3-mile Time Trial (in record time) on a section

    of Spenceville Road south of Indian Springs Road in Penn Valley. We

    turned right (east) on Indian Springs Road and were riding easy at about

    15 mph. Our guard was down as we were cooling down.

    A pick-up truck approached from behind close enough that we were a

    bit surprised and Rick glanced over his left shoulder. In doing so he drifted

    just a few inches to the right. It's hard not to drift a few inches one way

    or the other when you look over a shoulder. Just try.

    His front wheel grazed against a small, 2" high asphalt berm at the edge

    of the road (it's there for erosion control). The berm turned his wheel to the

    right, but he rode over okay. No biggee. However, there was a deep trench

    filled with sand on the other side of the berm. Rick got that under control

    as well. Yey. BUT, there as a big rock imbedded at the end of the sand

    trench. Rick hit that, his wheel stopped instantaneously, and over the

    handlebars he went.

    He went over so fast that he couldn't get his hands up. He hit is face either

    on a rock, the asphalt, or the berm. I'm not sure because I was trying not

    to run over him. I thought he'd just get up and dust off and we'd be on our

    way. Instead, Rick lay there, clearly in a lot of pain. In a few moments

    he was covered in blood from the nose down. Oh sheet, oh sheet.

    I knocked on the door of a trailer home on the side of the road (no answer)

    and began to wonder what to do when pair of women in a Toyota Pick-up

    stopped to help (Susan and Andrea). Andrea is a Registered Nurse, and

    she started asking the concussion questions (what's your name, what's the

    date, etc.).

    Rick was totally lucid but in all kinds of pain. I hate to over-react, but given

    the blood and obvious pain we all agreed we should call an ambulance. Thank

    God Andrea had a cell phone. Geez, another thing I should carry with me on

    the bike.

    So that's about it.



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    Last edited by merlin; 06-02-2008 at 10:23 AM.
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    Yeesh! Hope you recover quickly! Your unfortunate incident is exactly why I always wear a 3rd eye eyeglass mounted mirror. It only takes a second, and I quickly figured out that NOT having to look over my shoulder was going to save me from exactly what happened to you. Makes you look like a dork, which I could care less about. Hope your bike's OK too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggity
    Yeesh! Hope you recover quickly! Your unfortunate incident is exactly why I always wear a 3rd eye eyeglass mounted mirror. It only takes a second, and I quickly figured out that NOT having to look over my shoulder was going to save me from exactly what happened to you. Makes you look like a dork, which I could care less about. Hope your bike's OK too.
    Bikes ok, I tried to post the photos but they do not show, do you them on yours?
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    Oh crap. I knowwww, it's always the stupid stuff -- on the flats, a block from home. I've gone OTB only 3 times since I got my bike two years ago and the first two were right after getting my bike, on a busy paved rd. near my place -- from turning around looking for traffic and drifting too close to the curb. The rocky trails are the safest place to be.

    Hope you feel better soon, M.
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    Here is update. and some photos. I healed real fast and am back on the bike. I have some lingering effects from the concussion, tired, headaches , problems focusing. But this should pas soon
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    Jeez merlin you look like sh!t

    but you're alive! You healed up faster than I'd have expected but that's just great news. Be careful with those post-concussion symptoms. Another face plant might not be so kind to you.
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    Face Plant

    Ouch! Glad to hear you're doing better, maybe you would be better off ordering the Egg Plant. Sorry just trying to cheer you up.

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