Yesterday Was The End of My Biking Career

First off – I’m ok. But here’s the story.

“Ouch”

“You’re in an ambulance. I’m just putting an IV in your arm,” said a disembodied voice.

I had no idea where I was. I had a vague recollection that I had been on a bike.

“You’re in ambulance. You are ok. Stay calm.”

I realized I was tightly strapped to a board and couldn’t move if I wanted to. My legs hurt. My ribs hurt. My shoulders hurt.

I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I couldn’t process where I was. I felt like I was coming out of a dream, but I couldn’t remember the dream. I couldn’t open my eyes.

The doctor asked, “What day is it.”

I responded, “I have no idea.” I forgot to say that I usually have no idea what day it is.

Patiently, the doctor asked, “Who is the president?”

I thought to myself “George Bush” but I paused, knowing that wasn’t correct. After a short time, I answered “Barack Obama.”

“What is your name.”

“Brad”

“Good. You seem ok. Do you know what day it is yet?”

I responded, “I generally don’t know what day it is.”

The next thing I remember was hitting a bump and opening my eyes to see a woman pushing me through some doors.

“Hang on – we are just wheeling you into the emergency room.”

Some time must have passed. I felt someone pick me up and put me back down on a bed. I felt myself being slowly pushed. I opened my eyes again.

“We are doing a CT scan to check your brain.”

Some more time passed. I remember someone doing something with my left hand, which hurt like hell. I must have said something since once a disembodied voice said, “Stay calm. I’m just checked your thumb to see if it’s broken.”

More time passed. A police officer woke me up.

“Brad, I’m with the Boulder Police. I just want to ask a few questions. In case you don’t remember this, I’ve put my card in your jacket pocket.” (It turned out the officer was Chris Burke, who was awesome, efficient, and very patient with me. Amy called him later to get more information and he was incredibly helpful, including giving her details on the six 911 calls that people made when they saw me on the side of the road and the fact that he didn’t think I was unconscious at all, or for very long, just completely out of it.)

I don’t remember our conversation at all.

The next thing I realized was that my partners Jason and Seth were in the room. I vaguely remembered sending an email to Amy and my assistant Colleen somewhere between getting to the hospital and being in the room I was in. It was so powerful to see them. I suddenly felt safe again, knowing that people I knew were around. I have no idea what we talked about, but then Amy showed up.

Finally, I was starting to feel a tiny bit lucid. Amy took over and Jason and Seth went back to their lives. I told Jason I had a fireside chat event with Frank Gruber about his new book and could he step in for me (he did, and did great.) Amy called Colleen and told her to cancel my day. The CT scan checked out clear and the hospital released me. Amy and I stopped at Jamba Juice for a giant Peanut Butter and Chocolate Moo. I went home and promptly slept until dinner, which was Noodles Mac and Cheese that Seth picked up for us.

Reflecting on this, it’s amazing to me how little of the first 60 minutes I can remember. According to the police office, I was conscious the entire time. But I have no memory of what actually happened. The last thing I remember, after much prompting, was turning left onto Iris from Broadway. While the 911 calls were all for a hit and run, there’s no real evidence of that since my bike is generally fine and nothing, including me, looks like it was hit by a car. At this point, I’m guessing that I took the turn too wide and must have hit the curb and lost control of the bike. Maybe I squeezed my breaks and went over my handlebars. Or maybe I crossed over into a parallel universe for a little while and when I came back landed on my face.

I’m doing ok today. Nothing is broken and according to the hospital I don’t have a concussion. I’ve very banged up. I’ll probably have two black eyes, I have a sprained thumb, and lots of cuts and bruises everywhere. My face is very swollen and my head is very bumpy and weird from all the swelling. I have a persistent headache, no matter how much Advil I take. My glasses are destroyed so I’m wearing some old ones, which probably isn’t helping.

I slept well last night (although Amy woke me up every few hours to make sure I wasn’t dead) and feel perky right now, but expect I’ll run out of gas later today.

My biking career, short as it was, is officially over. I’ve had two accidents in three years – the first in Slovenia left blood on the streets. It was much more serious in hindsight than this one, but I remember much less about this one. Both were when I was making a sharp left turn so part of the problem may be that I don’t have the right spacial orientation on that side. I don’t have great depth perception, especially at night, so maybe this is part of the problem.

I had a fantasy for a few weeks about taking a bike tour across America next year.  I was even planning to get a sweet Trek Domane 5.9 this weekend just to get the feel for it. But, no more. I now have three nice bikes for sale (two Specialized and one LeMond) in case anyone out there is looking for a bike.

Thanks for all the Facebook notes, tweets, emails, and checkins. I feel really lucky to have so many in the people watching out for me.

  • mowheeler

    So glad to hear you are OK. Sorry to hear that your cycling career is over. Had a fleeting thought of joining you on the cross country adventure. Been wanting to do it since I was a teenager. So trail running it is. Heal fast.

    • Yup – back to running!

      • And here I was, all set to pitch you on the joys of commuting by Faraday electric bike. Scratch that deck. (See you for some future two-footed, no-pedaled adventure instead. Glad you’re okay!)

  • DanRowinski

    Glad you are OK, Brad. To note, I am not going to let my significant other see this post because she worries so much about my own safety while I am cycling.

    • Thx. I’ve always felt cycling was dangerous but enough people convinced me it was going to be a lot better for me in my 50’s than running so I thought I’d try it. I know so many people who have had major bike accidents, including a friend who recently broke his pelvis, one who broke his back, and one who broke his femur, all in the past 12 months. I got lucky.

  • Brad! So glad you’re safe and sound. Hugs from Denver.

  • RocBusinessman

    Glad you are safe and sound Brad. Were you wearing a helmet? (Just curious).

    • Yup!

      • RocBusinessman

        Well that’s probably why you do NOT have a concussion and that this was, though scary, survivable. Good on you.

  • Wow, glad you are ok. Scary stuff

  • buzzbruggeman

    Glad you are feeling better! And FWIW aging/healing are sort of a reverse hockey stick!

    • Yup – I am learning that more and more as each year passes.

  • dravenace

    Wow, this is scary, Brad. I am a relatively low mileage ultra runner, but was planning on buying a bike soon so that I can attempt an Ironman. Now, a bit more hesitant. I was already concerned about biking before reading this. I will probably still pick up that bike, but maybe I wear mountain biking armor all the time. Fashion be damned! Heal soon!

    • Thx. As a marathon running who has only done 1 ultra (a 50), I was looking for some variety as I was getting older. But – back to running!

  • John Valentine

    Scary stuff, glad you’re alright Brad. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  • RocBusinessman

    As a suggestion – perhaps a stationary bike on your back deck/patio or in front of a big screen tv showing rolling hills would be a safer substitute. Here’s one that combines a video with an app: http://www.cycleinapp.com/#page_id=page3

  • garyditsch

    So happy you are in good enough spirits today to share the story and with some recovery, you will be back to full strength soon.

    • And, ahem, running (not biking)!

      • garyditsch

        Trying to give this an upvote / thumbs up. Not working… so I’ll just say – running is still awesome and will provide a lot of adventure. Done wisely, it can be done into old age too.

  • Sorry to hear about the accident. Hope you “bounce back” soon. 🙂

  • Kathleen DiGennaro Warner

    I took up road biking this year because my knees can’t take the running anymore, although I’ve always been a shorter distance runner than are you. I’ve enjoyed the road biking way more than I thought I would, especially the crazy hills here in CT, but definitely am not fond of the roads and cars. Glad to know you are okay overall. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  • Greg Greenstreet

    Hey Brad,

    Sorry to hear this. As someone who had punched a hole in his skull & broken my neck on my bike in the past two years, the story brings back eerie memories.

    That said, I am too stupid to stop.

  • Wow! – what a blog and so happy you are ok!!
    Wonder if your wheel hit something (or crack in road) and maybe you grabbed the brakes uneven and flipped as you say. If your face is mangled, that makes sense (since I did this myself years back and my face took the whole hit and description sounds similar to how you described.. my face was like elephant-man for a bit). Face.hits.are.not.nice.at.all 🙁 but glad you are ok. Best wishes for fast recovery.. sincerely.

  • Brad,

    That sounds exactly like the experience I had during high school on my bicycle. My family was living in Pennsylvania, and had recently moved which caused me to change schools. The new school required that I make up a health class over the summer. I was riding to and from summer school every day.

    The last thing I remember the day I had my accident was seeing a street crossing sign at the top of a hill. The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital with a hard neck brace and my parents in the room. Supposedly I told the ambulance driver where I lived and how to contact my parents, but I have no recollection.

    I found out after the fact that I had hit a pot hole in the road at the bottom of the big hill. I was lying in the street for an indeterminate amount of time, before a local resident saw me and called 911. I was a little battered and bruised, but they were really worried about my neck because my vertebrae were over extended. I was released from the hospital the next day, but had to wear the neck brace for a week. A week later they decide that the extension was normal for me. No real harm at all from the accident, but it is very strange to lose that much time.

    Daryll

    • That’s the scariest part – not remembering what happened. Thx for sharing the story – I’m still processing that.

  • Samantha

    Brad, glad you’re all good. My husband rides alone a lot and I worry about this EVERY SINGLE TIME HE WALKS OUT THE DOOR. Do you have a road ID? Even if you’re bike career is over, we runners have danger, too. Get well fast. http://www.roadid.com/

    • Yup – I carry id with me (different than this one) but good suggestion.

  • mbyrne

    Very glad you are okay. Car might have bumped your tire and not left a mark on the frame. Maybe consider hiking versus running. People get hit by cars too when running. I have. Google search results for “running injury” gives 125,000,000 results vs. 6,890,000 for “hiking injury.” And the most common hiking injury is “blisters.” Plus you can bring a camera, and are in Nature. Hiking builds endurance,capacity, and strength, running wears out joints. Finally, you are in the right place for great hiking, too.

    Cartoon attached is: If cars were treated like bicycles.

  • Gyan Parida

    Glad you are OK. Get well soon. Looks like you had your helmet on-Thank God.

    • Yup – the helmet has saved me twice now.

  • Wow!
    What a story and thanks for sharing it. I’ve often wondered about having to answer obvious questions as a test of brain injury because I can never get them right under normal circumstances either. I think we should wear bracelets with preferred questions like dog’s name and shoe size. The worst would be something like what’s your anniversary date?

    • I’d get that one – June 21!

      • Actually, I was thinking more about this. Perhaps you should consider giving up left turns and keep the bikes. I’ve been working to reduce my left turns ever since I read that UPS software is minimizing left turns in deliveries and saving a fortune. The new McCaslin on-ramps are being designed to eliminate left turns. 3 righties can be a left with a little planning.

  • Lila

    I am so grateful that you are okay and am sorry that that happened to you. I had a horrible wreck over a year ago and shattered my left arm. I was quick to want to sell my bikes also, but I am glad I did not. Got back on the bike a few months ago now and after a period of extreme tentativeness I have my confidence back. I totally get where you are right now….just know that in a year from now you might feel differently…..

  • Great to hear you’re okay, Brad! We have cyclists all over the roads here in Southern Oregon, especially on the country roads near us. Having been a semi-serious biker in the past, I always try to give them as much space as a car and slow way, way down — I see people all the time *not* doing that. I have so many memories of close calls and the reason I stopped biking and just run and hike now: I was too easily distracted while on a bike and I’m clumsy as hell.

  • Felix Dashevsky

    Oh boy, get well, Brad.

  • StevenHB

    I’m glad that you’re doing so much better, Brad. I have limited memory of about 24 hours from the accident I had over the summer (where I was diagnosed with a concussion).

    Heal well!

  • Sarah O’Keefe

    Glad to hear you’re OK, but a scary story. I personally bike only on greenways/trails (in other words, NOT on the roads). I don’t like my odds against an SUV–or anything else motorized.

  • Yikes!! biking’s cumulative risk reward ratio make it hard to justify as a form of exercise.

  • williamhertling

    I’m so sorry, Brad. It sounds frightening as all heck as well as painful. I’m glad you’ve got Amy and a support system there in Boulder. I hope you make a full recovery. (Cue the morality vs. mortality jokes.)

    • You made me laugh out loud – I remember the morality / mortality moment well.

  • Brad… happy to read this post… as a proof you’re OK. You’re in my thoughts.

  • Glad to hear that you are ok, get well soon. I thought the facebook post by Jason yesterday was a Joke. Whew! this is scary stuff. I guess you should just stick to running.

    • Yup – no more bikes. Running only for me.

      • See you on the virtual trails

  • Glad to hear you’re OK Brad. Hope you recover quickly!

  • todd_hess

    Thanks for the reality check. This puts things into perspective for me, especially in preparation for a metric Century next weekend and a full Century the weekend after. I do almost all my cycling in the early morning hours when there’s little traffic, and I’m lit up like a Christmas tree and just ‘hope’ people see me. I’m sorry something like this had to happen to you. You’ll conquer this just like everything else you do!

    • Thanks – and be safe out there on the bike!

  • Lisa Bayne Astor

    Brad – I hardly know you AND I am so glad you are OK. A little Jewish mothering here: Glad you were wearing your helmet. My son had a very similar experience sans helmet and it resulted in a concussion as well. He, too, has absolutely no memory of what happened and bystanders also called 911. So, while you are nursing your raccoon eyes and all those bumps and bruises, perhaps it’s time to think about a nice gentle sport like rolling around in jello. Be well, give yourself the time to heal, and glad you are OK.

    • Jello – hah! I’m back to running. That’s enough for me.

  • Sorry to hear about this Brad, but glad your feeling better and generally ok. Wonder if you’ll still have any of these battle wounds when we see each other in a few weeks. I’ll be interested to hear this animated post face-to-face if your up to it. Btw, my new Trek Madone is awesome – it’s no Domane 5.9, but great indeed.

    • I hope I’m all better in a few weeks although I’m still fuzzy today.

  • Steve Goldstein

    Glad you’re OK. I had my last day on a bike around this time last year. Head on collision with another bike in Central Park. Broken nose and broken finger. Bike was totaled. In contrast to the police officer who helped you, NYC police officers are not allowed to give first aid and the cop basically stood there as I bled out. He didn’t help a bit; I got more assistance from bystanders. The ambulance took an hour to get to me because of a cancer walk in the park.

    • Egads – sounds horrifying. I hope you are fully recovered.

  • Paul Meloan

    Brad, very happy to hear that this story has a happy ending. There is no doubt: cycling is hazardous, but so are running, swimming, basketball, surfing, and a whole host of other things in life that are worthwhile. I hope after you’ve had time to mend you revisit your thinking; if upon sober reflection you decide that it’s just not your thing, that’s perfectly cool. As a cyclist (as well as a runner and swimmer) I never take my safety for granted when I head out the door. It seems here that the forces of the universe lined up to help you in your moment of need, and that’s a good thing to celebrate. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  • Heather Schwartz

    Glad you are OK! Spin classes are a nice safe alternative to riding, too. Hope you have a quick recovery.

    • You are the second person suggestion spinning. I may check that out.

  • Daniel Zacek

    We’re all very glad that this story has a happy ending. I’m sorry you missed the session with Frank. It was a great chat. Jason did a marvellous job standing in for you, except for his dubious claim that he’s a better dressed MC.

    • Well, at least he didn’t claim to be taller than me!

  • eric norlin

    Glad you’re ok! I’m thinking you need a virtual reality bike in the house (then you can safely ride “cross-country”) 😉

    • No more bikes, even virtual ones. Back to running!

  • Greg Avery

    Whew. I’m glad this didn’t turn out worse. Get well, Brad.

  • Anthony R

    I have been at that point, I still ride, I hope you will eventually too. http://printtemps.blogspot.com/2012/08/cars-are-hard-bodies-are-soft-nine.html

  • I’m really glad you’re OK. I’d like to relate what happened to my daughter this week. There are some weird analogies. I’m doing it to 1) give you a distraction, and 2) for me to vent a bit if that’s alright.

    My second child, Abigail, just turned 16 last week (any guess what’s coming?) Here’s analogy number 1. She had a congenital defect in her left eye at birth, an opaque membrane across the back of the cornea. Fortunately, we were living in Baltimore at the time and Johns Hopkins has/had the best eye surgeon in the world on staff. My wife got her in and he deftly, in 3 surgeries, removed the lens and the membrane (which were inseparable) and preserved the eyeball. While this has give her a fairly normal cosmetic appearance, she has no sight out of that eye since there’s no lens. The result is she has VERY poor depth perception.

    I’d been preparing for her to drive for more than a year since we knew her depth perception was going to be possibly an issue. She had had lessons and I’d been driving with her for some time. She was doing great with it.

    Tuesday, I took her to the DMV and she got her license. We showed up 30 minutes before they open to beat the line. She was very excited as you might imagine. I took her home and put her in the car for her first drive to school. She goes to Regis Jesuit so the path takes you down Parker road, which is not a good road (very high speed and lots of stupid drivers) to drive for anyone, let alone a new driver. Here’s analogy #2. She’s making a left turn off Parker towards Regis and she gets clipped on the rear passenger side by a pickup truck. The car spins around twice, all the airbags deploy, and she’s left in the middle of the road, immobile. I get this call from her crying about 30 minutes after she left the house. She’s in an ambulance, etc. etc. So I race down there. She’s fine fortunately, just an abrasion on the left cheek from the airbag and some soreness on her left side that is now going away. As you might imagine I was very upset Tues and Wed. The car was a total loss.

    I cannot tell you, from the bottom of my heart, how happy I am that both of you are fine. And I would just say one thing. Make sure you take care of Amy. You may not realize how hard this is for her.

    • I’m sending you and Abigail good karma. I had a car crash a few months after getting my license. It was terrifying to me. I can only imagine how scary it would have been if it was the day after my license.

      I’m glad she’s ok.

      Thanks for the kind note.

      • This started me thinking. Do you have any depth perception issues when you drive? If so how do you compensate?

        • I do – driving is hard for me, especially at night. I don’t drive much at night.

  • Karen

    Brad – I saw your accident and it was definitely not a hit and run. I just called the number for your wife that Boulder Police gave me and it was the wrong Amy! You can email me if you want. Karen

    • Thx – appreciate you confirming. Are you the person I talked to on Saturday – if so, thanks for reaching out. I confirmed that it was all me – I must have lost control of the bike in the turn.

  • When I first read about your accident on Facebook, I did a double-take to check the date. Good to hear all is good and OK.
    Did you make the 6 o’clock news in Boulder?

    • Daniel Zacek

      It made Twitter. That’s Boulder’s version of “we interrupt this program…”

      • I’m glad it didn’t make the news – definitely not newsworthy!

  • dwanguard

    Speedy recovery Brad! Keep energy for recovery, no need to reply ! Rest a lot, brain especially he runs whole recovery operation.

  • Holy smokes! So glad you are ok. Rest well and take your time getting back up to speed.

  • anon

    oh man, sorry that happened. hope Troy tunes in on this one 🙂

  • Awful story. Glad you’re alright.

    My younger daughter had a sports related brain injury earlier in the year and thankfully she’s ok now but one of the valuable things learned (after neuro specialists in LA and a trip to the Mayo Clinic) was to give it time (for her it was 5 months of a constant headache, dizziness and nausea), take it easy and don’t rush back into a full schedule until you’re fully ready. LIsten to your body.

    Feel better soon.

    • Thx – good advice. I’m still fuzzy today. I’m going to take it easy next week and keep paying attention.

  • Welcome back, Brad, from your journey to a parallel universe. I think I’ve had a few of those myself, once after slamming my bike into a brick wall of the neighborhood grocery en route to buy school supplies when I was a kid, and arriving at the checkout line with the supplies I’d somehow managed to pick out dripping with blood and the checkout woman herself in a state of shock, and as a teenager after taking out a car windshield with my face, and the dashboard with my body. Anyway, I’m glad to hear you’re doing okay, and that you’re surrounded with loving and caring folk in Boulder. Mufidah and I only just saw/read this post, so, of course, I didn’t realize you’d been in an accident when I sent over my email at about 8 pm (Greece) last night. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. Too bad, this, as I like the idea of your bike tour across America, particularly after having just read Kerouac’s On the Road. Get lots of good rest, and take care.

  • Holy crap. Glad you’re still with us! Get well fast.

  • PandorasBrain

    Glad you’re OK, Brad. Don’t give up on cycling, though: just don’t mix it with cars!

  • steve849

    Sorry to read about this. Get well soon.

  • slimdoggy

    Glad you are OK. I guess you wouldn’t do well as a NASCAR driver either, what with all those left turns.

    I guess biking isn’t such a low impact alternative to running after all? Lace up those sneakers and knock out another 26.2

    -Steve (Petnet.io)

    • Yeah – I’m a shitty driver. That should have been a hint for me for running.

  • cynthiarennolds

    Hope you are feeling better very quickly.

  • David Young

    Brad, I’m glad to hear you are OK, but I can relate as I went though something similar a few years ago. Had to LOL at this, though: “I forgot to say that I usually have no idea what day it is.”

  • Glad to hear you’re OK. Scary events, but safe in the end; reassuring to hear.
    When you’re fully recovered, consider swimming… it’s changed my life.

    • I like swimming but mostly as light cross training / recovery from running. So – I’m back to running.

      • Glad to hear you have a plan to get back in the saddle, so to speak. Me, I don’t have the knees, ankles, or achilles to withstand running. But swimming does wonders!

  • Poor you. So sorry.

  • Cecelia Feld

    I gave up biking when your dad had a head on collision during a diabetes charity bike ride. Broken helmet. I am glad you were wearing one. Running an swimming sound good to me. Although I guess you could drown. Give your brain and body a chance to heal. Big thanks and huge hugs to Amy and all your friends in Boulder for being there for you.

    • Rick

      Swimming is excellent exercise! Good thinking.

    • Thanks mom. I had totally forgotten about Dad’s crash – now I remember it. I don’t think we are made for biking.

  • Rick

    Two problems with the left hand turn. That does seem strange. You could get a stationary exercise bike. Running is high impact and it will eventually cause issues with your spine and hips. I remember years ago when I was doing leg presses with 8 plates, that’s about 765lbs counting the sled, if I would also jog I would get hip pain. But if I didn’t do the jogging I had no pain, except muscle ache, when working legs.
    .
    Get well soon!

  • Brad Hope you feel better soon…

    Your post relates to advice I gave in https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141018144517-127491437-trellis-or-scaffold-growth-with-support earlier today about shifting priorities and growth
    (I was referring to support / time out and as you describe it digital sabbaths)

    Ecclesiastes 3 (I dont know what it is called in the Jewish tradition) is pretty wise : Fcussing on the last line :

    “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;”

    If it is your “time to cast away cycling” – remember there is a time for dance and a time to embrace and live it well !

  • Paul R. Glowiak

    You were very fortunate, Brad, May you heal completely and painlessly! Look forward to seeing you back in action soon!

  • tw

    Hey Brad,

    Glad you will get through this alright.
    If you live in Colarado there is no reason to give up riding completely, but rather take to the trails in the mountains.

    It’s a totally different experience and mountain bikes today are so amazing, stable and capable (especially with the newer larger wheel sizes). all you need is some guys to ride with.

    Spending time in nature on the bike is therapeutic, and does something time on the road simply can’t compare to.

    Wiping out like that is clearly an unpleasant experience, but if you want to keep riding, head to the forest and the mountain. Leave the road behind.

    Good healing.

    • I’m way more afraid of mountain biking. The list of friends who have had major accidents (broken femur, broken back, …) is long. I’m done – I’m back to running. I love running trails, so I’ll do that also.

  • lunarmobiscuit

    Thanks, as always for sharing… and happy to hear of no permanent damage

  • Lizelle

    Get well soon, sorry to hear about the track record with cycling for you! Man, what a situation, truly happy to hear you’re okay!

  • Whoa man, so glad this has a hazy but happy ending. Scary stuff. Keep biking but just for recreation, in controlled areas. No need to add the elements of traffic. Hope your head and heart feel better soon.

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  • RBC

    Well if this were a bar – you’d be getting free drinks for a while for that story! I’m an avid cyclist in a city that doesn’t encourage it, but good job on the pattern recognition – if cycling doesn’t work for you focus on something else! Glad you have such warm and caring people around you and I had a good chuckle about the visit to a parallel universe!

    • Hah! Yeah – I guess I’ll bring this to a bar the next time I go. Back to running.

  • ouch…. really glad you’re ok. Biking is dangerous – even good friends of mine who I consider expert riders have had very serious injuries riding. I am VERY cautious when I bike.

    I agree with the general consensus to consider swimming. I started January 2013 (when I promised my daughter I’d learn how to swim well enough to do a triathlon with her) and now I’m hooked. I was always a “sinker” and had horrible form – now I’m serviceable, and I actually enjoy it. Fabulous exercise and you feel great when you’re done.

    In the meantime, rest up, heal up and drink tons of water!

    • Best form of exercise – works every muscle. I dream of having a saline pool in a sunroom / hydroponic greenhouse adjacent to my dream home. #PisceanDreams 😉

      • I’m a big runner – but like to swim to relax / recover.

  • Whoa! Just saw this, Brad. Glad you came through with just bumps and scrapes… it could have been a lot more serious. A good friend took a spill on her bike several months ago, breaking several vertebrae in her spine and neck, and is still fighting to recover all her mobility… all because of a small stick on the shoulder of the road.
    In your shoes (especially in your region), I think I’d opt for hiking vs. running, but to each his own. Just take care of yourself and get some new glasses!

    • I’m back to 100% running (with swimming as relaxation). I’ve been doing marathons for a long time – I’m back to that.

  • JoelTSanders

    I had a bad concussion from a bike accident in college. I remember feeling like newborn baby: there was no concept of understanding what my eyes were sending to my brain. There were just visual colors and shapes with no comprehension even of the idea that I was alive (or what that might mean).

    • Did things “come back to you” or did you relearn? What a profound experience…

      • JoelTSanders

        No, things slowly started coming back to me and reality started making sense again. First as I was sitting on the pavement looking around, then I was able to ask, “what happened” to the people standing around me, etc.

        I also remember telling a lot of jokes and thinking I was really witty and funny the whole time (though I’m not usually that way). And also thanking everyone over and over again for helping me out! Talk about a humbling experience and sense of gratitude for those who work in emergency services…

        • That’s a lot of how things went in my bike accident in Slovenia a few years ago. This one was different – I was just out cold. And it looks like – from the data on my Garmin – that I have between 45 and 60 minutes missing.

  • I’m glad you’re okay. My own biking career ended when I was training for a funraising 100 mile ride between Phoenix and Tucson. A friend of mine was training me, and he was my biking mentor. One morning I heard he had been hit by a pickup truck while training on his bike in North Scottsdale. He was in a coma. He never came out of it. A couple of months later, his wife turned off the life support. I never felt like street biking again.

    • Big big hug. Another reinforcement that I’m done with biking.

  • karlkatzke

    Brad, I’m glad you’re feeling OK. I had a similar accident about three years ago and I’m just starting to consider myself “as healed as I’m going to get” now. The tale you told of having breaks in memory and not being able to remember who you talked to is exactly the way I felt after my accident. The funny thing about accidents that knock you out and out you in the back of an ambulance unable to remember who you’re talking to is that you aren’t capable of judging your own mental faculties at the moment. I thought I was fine right after the accident, too — but when I tried to work, it was obvious that I wasn’t. To everyone BUT me. Be patient with yourself and seek feedback from people who know you well in the next few weeks. And get as much sleep as you possibly can… As my wonderful neurologist said, it’s food for your brain and you can’t possibly over feed your brain.

    • Thanks for the suggestions. I’m sleeping a lot. I still feel fuzzy, but I’m doing better. But paying close attention to things.

  • yazinsai

    Get well soon!

  • Like so many other commenters here, I am truly relieved that you’re ok. As you might possibly have realized, I have in interest in finding out what things are like, and so I was particularly fascinated by your moment-to-moment account of the incident. Thank you for sharing that.

    • Thx. The really interesting thing is my recording – later that day on my iPhone – of me trying to recalling exactly what happened.

  • My God! I’m so glad you are okay and that you have such an awesome support system!
    Maybe look into acupuncture for that headache? The trauma may have shorted some circuits that are calling for correction, but clearly, your mental faculties are sound. Incidentally, I generally don’t know what day it is either (without concentrated thought) – probably common among those with the super power of getting anywhere in 15 minutes. Can’t have it all… I’ve often said I hope it doesn’t lead to unsavory situations in old-age sanity-checks.

    My guess would be parallel universe, in which you were roughed up to hide the evidence.

    Was the George Bush thing a Freudian thought?

  • Get better soon. I think it’s the hills. When you come to Chicago, let’s take a leisurely bike ride along the lake with Troy Henikoff. The only hills here are the ones made by a tiller in a field!

    • How about a walk or a run around the lake instead?

      • Will have to be a walk. My back and hips won’t let me run!! (Which is why I started biking). Heh. Soon we will be able to skate.

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  • Sending you good vibes, Brad!

  • Rosey

    Wishing you a complete and speedy healing.

    • Mega ouch. I know McClure Pass well. No ribs broken this time, thankfully.

      • Rosey

        Gallows humor — the ER at Glenwood Springs amped me up with morphine (IV) after they laid me out on the MRI machine table; almost passed out. After they understood the debris field of what was the left side of my chest the orthopedist quipped, ‘We get the best referrals from the Harley Davidson Organ Donor Company!’ I couldn’t help but laugh and in so doing, passed out from the pain.
        Fortunately, I had the accident not too far from one of the region’s superb blunt force trauma treatment centers (Glenwood Springs); skiing accidents in the winter and mountain climbing / biking accidents in the summer. The orthopedists along the I-70 corridor, from Silverthorne to Glenwood Springs are the best.

        • Gallows humor indeed. Hope you are ok.

  • Scott Forbes

    What does not kill you makes you stronger faster and or wiser.

    • Thankfully this one did not kill me!

  • Ernest Oppetit

    Get well soon Brad, that sounds very rough

  • Simon

    May the roads be smoother in the healing process. Everyone here in TC is sending prayers to you and your wife. Get well soon!

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  • Get well soon Brad; glad you’re doing ok! And I hope that you find a suitable replacement for biking soon. Try cross-country skiing perhaps?

    • I’ve been a marathon runner for a long time. I’m back to running exclusively.

  • William R. Mosby

    Hoping you have a speedy recover from this point. I’ve only had low-or no-speed accidents so far and consider myself lucky. As much as I love cycling, I appreciate your decision to forgo it in the future. I have one friend who has broken a hip by falling clipped in while stationary, and another who had to have his cellphone extracted from too near a kidney after tangling with a pothole, so it’s all to easy to come to grief on the things.

    • Yeah – the stories I’ve heard make it amazing to me that anyone ever gets on a bike.

  • Watts

    Good luck with the recovery and all the best for your new adventures. Terrible to have a fall like that and sometimes they may turn you to new pursuits. All the best, never stop searching the horizon.

  • I did a face plant in Mammoth Lakes, Ca into quicksand while going down hill. Was out on my feet for 8 hours. Doctors told wife that if I didn’t wake she would have to take me to a brain trauma institute.I was wearing a helmet. Never biked again. Likely never will.

    • Wow. At least I only lost an hour.

      • Laughing…I had better days…as have you…My wife still rides. When I am in the mood I tell her to loose my phone number if she has an accident. I honestly think bike riding is much more dangerous than advertised. Here in Denver I see the bikers helmetless going the wrong way on streets, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the left…Phew. The folly of youth. I’drather run, box, lift weights or use the Power Plate.

  • Brad: My immediate takeaway reading this is that my son cannot play football and i want extra vigilance on helmets with citibike (including me). A scary story. Hope you’re biking career ends up not being over. Also check out Peloton Bike NYC. I just gone one, but can’t yet endorse but might make sense for you.

    Aaron

    • No more bikes. I’m back to running.

  • Feel better Brad, that’s a scary story but glad you are safe and sound now. I’ve had scary incidents on bikes too so I don’t ride very often anymore. Running is a good idea going forward, maybe just wear a helmet though haha j/k. Was great to hear you speak in Toronto a couple years ago at the INcubes demo day, I’ve been following you for years now but it was wonderful to meet you in person, and so I feel more connected to you now and wish you and your cardio all the best going forward! Stay safe, and keep kicking ass in biz and life!

  • So glad to hear you are okay. Take care of yourself.

    and +1000 to this line

    I forgot to say that I usually have no idea what day it is.

  • We get a lot of bikers around our area ( winding scenic roads in the hills – very beautiful ) and I love to see the bikers go by, but it does lead to more accidents and road rage than we like to see. A few weeks ago a neighbor was hit and killed by another neighbor. Very sad!

  • Gordon Jones

    Brad, the iBuddyClub crew and the Jones clan are praying for you.

  • I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Glad to know that you are ok and on the mend. Warm thoughts from Santa Monica!

  • Nolan Walker

    I just read this; great news that you are, for the most part, ok. It sounds very scary! I hope you have a speedy recovery!

  • Hey man.. I don’t know how with 1,000 connections in social media it took me three days to find this but I’m so glad to year you are ok. The first line I heard from a friend had me worried.

    I’m glad you are seeing the leading indicators in your biking and making the call to stay safe. All the best.

    • Thx. I’m doing better but totally worn out at 3:15 after “normal work” so I’m clearly not all better.

  • johnlandry

    Yikes! Get Well dude!

    • Thx. I’m feeling better, but still tired.

  • Scott Durgin

    Glad you’re well… wish you a speedy recovery!

  • I’m really glad you’re OK. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery!

  • David A

    Brad – so sorry about your accident; so glad it wasn’t serious. Take good care and have a speedy recovery.

  • @lukegobrien

    Just saw this on Jason’s FB and was hugely worried. Sorry for your accident, and for what must be some pretty massive discomfort. Very glad to hear you’re okay. Please take care of your noggin…and the rest of yourself as well. I think big-brained people should probably stay off bikes. It’s a center-of-gravity thing.

    • Yeah – I’m done with bikes. Still headachey but doing ok. Thx for checking in.

  • YIKES! Feel better soon.

  • Holy smokes. I’m really glad you’re ok. Don’t be surprised if you have a delayed emotional response to this, especially after you’re mostly better and everyone else is mostly over it.

    It can be surprising, especially to those of us who lively largely intellectual lives, how profoundly physical insults can affect us. See you soon.

    -c

    • Oh yes – but thanks for the reminder. Amy is checking in with me every day to make sure I’m doing ok.