It was supposed to be a normal, easy one hour training ride. It turned into a nightmare. I was training for a 3 day race starting on Saturday. I was feeling a little winded, so I took the short way home, avoiding the back road that I normally take. This route is a residential, well traveled road that has a significantly long straight away that I use for sprinting work. I was riding fast when it happened… an SUV pulled out in front of me and I collided into the passenger side door.
The next thing I vividly remember was asking a paramedic if I was dreaming, and how fast were we going. I suffered 2 broken ribs, bruised clavicles, sprained elbow and knee, as well as cuts, scraps, contusions, bruises, the worst ever case of road rash, and a concussion that made my memory of the weeks surrounding the accident all but erased, including many days following the accident.I had no form of ID on me, so EMT’s could not get in touch with my mother until I regained consciousness.
I try to find a plus side to all things, and this experience had two. One, I made my riding club’s monthly e-mail top story and two, I realize how important ID can be, and I now have the security of knowing if it ever happens again, Road ID has my back.
I still ride for hours every day, and recently have taken up running as well. I have returned to racing, and also run on my school’s Varsity Cross Country and Track team. I do none of this without having my Road ID strapped to my ankle at all times.
- John .F from Catskill, NY