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    My Helmet Saved My Life Yesterday

    There's a reason you never see a mountain biker without an helmet.
    Yesterday I went riding in Demo with Scott, Keith and Loren from Team Wrong Way.
    As we were coming down Ridge, those guys literally fly and leave me riding my brakes in the dust. Still, it's a fun ride and as we gather at the top of Sawpit, just past the rock garden, I think "that was the hard part, now I can go faster". Big mistake. The top section of Sawpit still has some steep and rutted downhills. There's a tree on the left with a big root sticking out half way into the rut I'm in. I'm going too fast to steer right and think I can ride or hop the root. Another big mistake. The front wheel stops and I'm send flying into the air. I manage to unclip my right foot, but land head first into some rock, which fortunately dislodges and my helmet and face buries into the loose dirt. My nose, mouth and even my ears fill up with leaves, soil and pine needles. For a second I think I'm passing out, but I quickly roll over and lay on my back, straightening my neck and spine, legs up the mountain, recovering from the shock for a minute. Then I decided to check if I can still move my limbs and was glad I was able to wiggle my toes and got up slowly. Scott, Keith and Loren checked my main vital signs, gave me some water to wash up and showed a modicum of sympathy. Thanks guys! The rest of the ride down Sawpit I took it pretty easy and the climb up Hihn's and Highlandway was never this long. The burrito in Los Gatos tasted better than ever, though.
    This morning I can move my head only slowly left to right, since my neck is still quite stiff, but without my helmet I probably wouldn't be typing any of this.
    - J.L.
    Last edited by JL de Jong; 05-23-2008 at 09:21 AM.
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    As The Bobs said: "I've got my helmet on; nothing can do me wrong"

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    glad to hear you're ok. its a great sign you remember everything with such detail, and confirms to me that most injuries/accidents happen not in the big jumps or uber-gnarly sections, but in sections where we usually feel comfortable and let our guard down. stay safe and wear ur lids!

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    whoa!.....good to hear you're OK
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    Glad to hear you're ok. How about a picture of the helmet?
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    Glad you are ok.

    After having just gone through this myself I could never imagine riding without a helmet. I don't recall any details from my crash nor could I remember the year or month when I finally came to. When the doctor looks at your smashed helmet and says 'yep, I guess these things really do save lives' it gives you a whole new appreciation for the little things in life

    Ride safe!
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    Ouch. Very glad to hear that you are ok. New helmet?
    PS, call me when you have a couple minutes.
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    Glad your okay so that you get a chance to watch Menso become the great Pro racer that he'll be...and now don't forget to "replace" that helmet as required when striking it.

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    Definitely a new helmet. It did its job. That's what they're for.

    Glad to hear you're okay. Suck it up, hit the trail again when your neck's better!

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    It's a good day to be alive, eh?

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    wow. I know that section. very tricky. That really should be worked on. Also, there's a double log before that that tries to endo people.

    Glad you're ok. Take your ibuprofen since your neck will be sore for a bit.

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    Glad to hear you're alright!

    I hit an overhanging limb with my head at Waterdog last week while going at a good clip. The helmet didn't save my life, but it prevented me from getting knocked out and losing some skin off the top of my head . Just pound those Aleve and take it easy, my spine hurt for a few days but it's mostly better now.

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    Thanks, my friends! It's an excellent feeling to be alive!
    I took two ibuprofen last night and slept on my wife's special neck pillow to give my neck full support. I'll take some more tonight. I can't concentrate on work all that well. I could take a sick day if it really mattered whether I sit behind the computer here or at home.
    Saturday is the next CCCX race. I hope to feel good enough to particpate.
    Thanks, J.L.
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    Glad to hear you're alright JL!

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    JL, I'm glad to hear that you're okay! Demo has a way of hurting folks year after year.

    BTW, one of those Tempurpedic (sp?) pillows did wonders for my stiff neck.

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    I know the feeling, I felt that way after my Sea Otter crash.

    Glad to hear your OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menso
    Ouch. Very glad to hear that you are ok. New helmet?
    PS, call me when you have a couple minutes.
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    glad to hear you're not hurt JL. I ate $hit yesterday @ demo, too. Front wheel washed off a loose log, and endoed, scratching my forearm and knocking the wind out. Luckily, like yourself, I had my helmet. What time were you guys riding, and what loop?

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    JL, there's a 20% off sale on all Helmets over at the Mountain View Performance Bike. I picked up a Bell Sweep R today for $89 minus 20%. Colors available: only green, pink and black.

    Oh yeah, rest that neck and see you at Toro Park.

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    Glad to hear that you're OK!
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    Jl..

    that root- tree-drop sections tricky and the run outs interesting. Glad to hear your OK.

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    If I see one more person on any trail, or any road (eh hem... fixie-riders without brakes)...

    P.S. Glad to hear that you're alright!
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