guardian angels

mine is a heavy-handed bia-tch at times...must be cause i'm deaf to her subtle messages.

for the final yehaa of the season i went to GJ for the 50/50 - 50 miles mtb, 50 road.  super tough old school mtb course and a climby road route.  bitchin' concept & event, but hard enough that only a select few finished.  if you finished, props.

a duathlon of sorts.  the transition area:

i was on vacation.  took camera, mp3, enough fluids and food to go a week and planned to get lots of pics of the action.  dang, for so much jeep road, there was no smooth stuff so no pics of action.  my garmin measured an average grade of 13% for a 17 minute techy section, wow.  i was pretty far back but by the bottom of a 2500' descent was right there...hmmm...suddenly started to get racing fever.  60 seconds later i stacked it big.  garmin says i went down at 24.2 mph.  it was steep, football sized rocks, and violent.  helmet in pieces, left shoulder in most unusual position...

then 2 guys ride up, joel and nate - emt and paramedic.  they helped in ways i can't even say.  thanks.  all slinged up, the 3 hour atv ride was next.  big thanks to jim and dave anderson for the evac.  dave offered morphine but i declined.  enogh addictions already.

worst part was at the hospital.  pain meds - bad reaction, bp cut in half, pulse aroud 30.."stay with me.  breathe"  these are things you never want to hear from your nurse.

xrays:  collarbone in 6 pieces, not shaped like a collarbone anymore.  prolly need surgery, will find out later today. 

i need a break anyway.  in the future, guardian angel, i promise to be more receptive to your subtlies.  

Published Monday, October 30, 2006 9:34 AM by Dave


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 10:25 AM

Dave - healing vibes are being sent your way, get well quick! I'm cringing at the description of the whole event - ouch and ouch.

See you soon!


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 10:35 AM

Wow, sorry to read this. Makes my broken wrist sound like nothing. (It has recovered fine, btw.) I have to say, the longer I live here and the more stories I hear, the more I'm coming to the conclusion that the Southwest really knows how to beat you up.

Best of luck with the recovery! I guess that's a super-positive TSB coming you're way?!


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 11:12 AM

Dang! I'm really sorry to hear that. Recover well.


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 11:33 AM

That sucks. I hope you heal fast.


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 1:34 PM

Get well soon Dave. The trails won't be the same without ya!


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 4:21 PM

Good golly 6 places....

Thats hard to do Dave!

Best wishes and hope you heal fast... Call or email if you need anything 720-318-5382


# @ Monday, October 30, 2006 9:19 PM

Ya know the heavy-handed ones are the smartest ones. Maybe you're meant to spend a lot of time at the gym this winter and fix any lurking lower body imbalance or maybe spend a lot of time on the stairmaster where you'll meet the gal of your dreams... or maybe out hiking in the mtns.

Nice one hand font effect, sympathy points - like it :-)

Knit up that bone fast and happy. You'll need it for lots more adventures next year.


# @ Tuesday, October 31, 2006 5:17 AM

Man, if they go in with knife upgrade that sumbitch with some ti.
I know it sucks, but at least it is the end of the season. Plenty of time to recuperate and build homemade LED's.


# @ Tuesday, October 31, 2006 12:34 PM

You stacked it going TT speed in a boulder field?

Your CTL, your training insights, your off-road epics... now this. Do you do anything that's sort of, you know, ordinary?

Seriously though, get well and whole again soon. We need you back in the saddle.

Mark Ewers - 2 old 2 go slow