While I was looking at my miles cycled stats today, I was shocked at just how few I had cycled, Since the start of January I have cycled 470 Miles, Why so low ?
Well , sit back, get a drink and i’ll explain.
On the 5th Janaury I had a pretty bad RTA on a main road. This accident was caused by ice and a lack of grit, for anyone who knows it I was on the 4 lane section of Hyde Road, Gorton.
It was around 8.30AM I was looking ahead to traffic lights getting ready to slow if needed, my Garmin told me I was doing 18mph, normally here I am doing 28mph + but was taking it easy due to the conditions. The next thing is im over the handle bars……………..Then it all went black !!!!!
I woke up to see many people around me, I was in the recovery position and I had no idea what was going on, I felt sick and was in agony, the police and amblance were on scene within a few moments, the reason they were there so quick was actually due to the fact I was KO’ed for so long, my bike was taken away and I was taken to hospital, I had no idea what had happened, I had no idea what I was saying or doing but I DID remember to ask for my Garmin, The paramedic knew what this was and he got it before my bike was taken by the police. The police and paramedics were all great, as were the people behind me that didnt run me over and even stopped to help and call the emergency sevices.
My face, shoulder, elbow and knee all took one hell of a beating, nothing was broken though so I was lucky, I also recall a witness saying the way I slid along the road I was lucky not to be hit by a car, so I was lucky again !!!! It took me a few weeks to feel lucky though !!!
When I got home I plugged my Muvi into my computer and went to look at the footage, I was gutted to find out that with the huge force of the impact the SD Memory card fell out, so sorry, theres no video of me spilling it :D
I do want to thank my wife for being an excellent nurse when I was unable to walk :D
So where did I go from here? Well a few weeks off work followed, when I did go back I was on my old MTB. Something I thought I would never ride again, but as there was still a little snow around I wasnt taking a risk and my body was not up for riding a higer geared road bike !
The first few weeks were slow and painful, I knew I had to help myself somehow !
I purchased a Tacx I Magic turbo trainer, I knew this would help me regain fitness and strength and it worked !!!!!
The Tacx I Magic turbo trainer is AMAZING, its also bloody annoying at times too, TTS 2.0 is great and frustrating all at the same time, after around 30 hours I had it all working 100% and then I was off.
You can ride real life videos, VR routes heck you can even cycle along google earth with the resistance being adjusted every time you hit a up or downhill section, you can race your previous times or anyone elses and you can even do all of the above online, against other real people, Sure the Tacx I Magic turbo trainer isnt cheap, it cost me more than my beloved Ribble but just last week me and my Ribble were back together and on Thursday I was just 2 mins outside my all time PB. I put that down to the strength that the Tacx I Magic turbo trainer helped me build.
So Iwould reccomend everyone gets a Tacx I Magic turbo trainer and doesnt fall off on icy roads ! :)