No Not Another One Down

I don’t know what is going on, but I just heard another good friend, Herb, went down.    Well, Herb took a bad crash, offroad, due to the fork.  Damn, heal up my friend.

Last week, another good friend of mine, Karen, was hit by a car.  She’s alright, but that’s just more downtime.  She’s a really strong rider, and a great climber.  What would climbfests be without Karen.

My friend Curtis, went down late last year (I think twice, but can’t quite recall).  That was on a bike trail too … but that was due to some thugs on an isolated bike path.

My friend Teresa (aka Tiger) went down last year, who has 50+ doubles under her credit … That was hard to fathom, being a fellow triple crown rider myself.

Then, of course, I went down a couple times last year.  One actually forced me to replace my bike … that was very sad.

So with all these mishaps, I keep wondering what is going on.  Is it that we are getting older?  Are we out there trying too hard to get those KOM (or in Karen’s case, QOM)?  Or is it just an eventuality that we can go down?  Well, whatever it is, I’m wishing the trend would not repeat.  Take time to enjoy your surroundings, keep your head up … you don’t need to keep your head down, trying to get that extra few mph on the Strava segment.  If needed, map your route so that it is not quite so dangerous, or busy.  I know this won’t help in some situations, but this is my plead.

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7 Responses to No Not Another One Down

  1. Herb was riding his road bike

    Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:39:31 +0000 To:

  2. CP says:

    I’ve seen many drivers texting more than normal. Be careful out there!

  3. Curtis says:

    I was mugged on a trail while bike commuting. Then in December I had a collision with a truck. I’m back to commuting and riding and getting ready for a century. I replaced my destroyed bike as well. Sorry about your friend. I hope she heals well.

  4. Last week an Iron man buddy of mine evidently (he has no memory of this) hit something with his front wheel, launched himself. Broke 3 ribs, and had some brain swelling (he is out of ICU and recovering) and must be feeling better cuz he is grousing about the food! Now with your stories I am getting nervous!

  5. bribikes says:

    Yikes! This was not a fun post to read, but it is a reminder to me to remember to be cautious out there. I hope your friend heals up fast!

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