Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

A bit of an incident.

Sorry for my absence yesterday, but I had an excuse.

It was wet on Wednesday morning as seems to be the norm lately and I decided to ride the City Centre route in. Wet also means no helmet cam.

I was feeling good and I was getting a bit of a lick on. Out of the saddle up the hills and generally getting the impression I was on for a good time into work.

I had cleared the lights just before Selly Oak and was hammering through Selly Oak itself which is slightly downhill, so I was doing about 30mph as usual through there.

Then a car pulled out of the side road to my left right in front of me.

It was wet, I was doing 30mph, I had nowhere to go. In a split second that I don't remember consciously thinking about I tried to swerve behind him up the road he came out of...and failed. I skidded and came off, at 30mph. I bounced down the road and hit the kerb.

This time I didn't get to my feet and see if anyone saw my lack of skill. I hurt. Especially my hip and shoulder.

I lay there for a couple a seconds checking things out and then gingerly stood up. Nothing broken, good. The car had gone. He didn't stop. Obviously because he hadn't seen me. No pedestrians about either, at least my ego won't be damaged in public.

My bike was fine. I got on the phone to wifey and she collected me and the bike and then being wifey she insisted I went to the hospital where X-Rays showed I was ok.

So that was yesterday.

This morning I feel like I've played a particularly physical game of rugby. Or I've been gamboling down the Bristol Road and hitting a kerb at 30mph!

What's really pissed me off was that I felt I was starting to hit another level with my cycling performance, it was starting to come together. I felt good, I felt fit. Well, for me anyway.

I hope I can retain that feeling for next week.


  1. damn mate! glad to read youre okay though. bloody driver deserves to have had you hit his car and put a really good dent in it. might also have been less painful for you too. take care eh?

  2. That's Bollox....and worse of all there is feck all you can do about it...

    Good job you and teh bike aren't broken...

    I guess you cant trace up that side road and see if one of the residents has the same car that fecked you over so you can inform them that they are a knob!

  3. Shit man - being OK is the main thing.

    Bikes and stuff can be replaced.

  4. Thanks fellers, I think I'll chalk that one down to experience and move on...

  5. Glad to hear you and bike aren't broken. The downside is the pain will remind you of what happened for at least a week, if not more and will affect your cycling. Hope you heal quickly.

  6. You live to ride another day. Glad you're well.

  7. Take it easy big guy, I need my motivational coach in good nick!

  8. Realy good to hear that your perfectly ok. Bin there done that got the t shirt.

    Its such a shame u didn't av ure Muvi wiv u.

    Joby is spot on bikes can b fixed.

  9. Glad to hear you bounced well and the bike is not damaged. Your bruise and memory of the event will fade with time, at least you are in a position to ride again in a couple of days

  10. Cheers Guys, your good wishes are appreciated!

  11. Shit, First me on Tuesday and you on Wednesday, damm the world !

  12. Yeah, I know, you all just wanna be me :D

  13. Hi Clive,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your ride yesterday. Man, I sure hope those aches heal quickly and you're back to achieving your goals and getting stronger very soon.

    Let's hope that all the drivers out there start paying better attention.


  14. Hey Clive sorry to hear about your plight but glad your ok mate
    Sods law nobody about to witness it.

  15. You had a lucky escape, and are thankfully unhurt. Are these people blind, or just totally wrapped up in themselves. I believe it's the latter, and a sad symptom of what's wrong with our society today, pure unadulterated selfishness, with not a care for anyone or anything, save themselves. We seem to be the caualties of this selfishness, take care mate.

  16. Sweet heavens - starting to wonder who's next after reading about you and Gaz... A return to fly fishin over cyclin could be on the cards for me ;-) I jest of course, glad your okay and more importantly the bike ;-)