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March 22, 2010

From Daily Mile:

So, I was riding up Ocean Parkway to Prospect Park, and I almost got hit by a car. I had the light and there was a car blocking the crosswalk so I went to the left to go around that car when another car was turning left as I was coming around. Let’s just say Michelle and bike had contact with the car and she went down. I rammed my left shoulder area into the handle bar. Luckily there was a cop car there and he stopped to make sure I was ok plus asked if I wanted to press charges. The lady in the car felt bad and stayed to make sure I was ok. Then to make matters worse, it started pouring and my water bottle holder and hand pump both fell off. I had to ride home holding them. Gotta say this scared me. I am icing my shoulder now and its really hurting. Also, my chain came off while I was riding home, so I had to stop in the pouring rain to fix that.

On the plus side, I remembered to stop Barney when I went down so my mileage stayed accurate. :O)

I am posting this here on my blog as a friendly reminder to EVERYBODY who cycles on the city streets and have to cross streets to please be so careful.  Cars can come out of nowhere and if you do not have quick reflexes, it could result in you getting hurt.   I was lucky today.  I only came away bruised but my good friend LAM knows somebody personally that was just killed in a cycling accident.  Another friend Janeen witnessed a very scary bike accident right on the Westside Greenway, where we all enjoy our runs and cycling on a daily basis.

Like Janeen said, the weather is turning warmer which means a lot more folks out doing their thing.  Be alert.  Be aware.  Be careful.

And on another note, I started watching the Discovery Channels awesome new documentary called Life.

From Huffington Post:

Attention all Planet Earth fanatics. After four years of production, the Discovery Channel is releasing a follow-up series called LIFE that will fill the void that Planet Earth left in your life. The 11-part series, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, zeroes in on animal behavior across all seven continents.

This may sound like just another nature show, but you’ve never seen the animal kingdom quite like this before. They use HD filming techniques that make the simplest, everyday activities of these animals look more epic than ever.

I learned a lot last night and was completely fascinated and drawn into the show.  Check it out.

Yesterday, I had a great 8 mile run.

From Daily Mile:

I had a blast with this run. I had to use a “turn sheet”**, for the first part of my run, well most of it. Started in Prospect Park and there was a bike race going on so there were a gazillion cyclists. Then I took to the streets. It’s a great route that Scott made up for one of our runs a while ago. Union St to 3rd Ave. Right on 3rd Ave to Dean, left on Dean to Boerum Place, right on Boerum to the Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect. That came to 5.19 miles. I love running over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Then, straight to the West Side where I cheered on the runners at the NYC Half Marathon. At that point I had 6 miles done in 59.36 and seeing all the runners inspired me to run another 2 miles.

8 miles 1.21.18 10.09 min/mile
10.27, 9.14, 9.51, 10.37, 10.03, 9.20, 9.57, 11.46
Last mile was slower because I had to stop at several red lights and did not stop Barney.

I am happy with this run because the last time I ran 8 miles I ran it in 1.24.11 on a flat course. Today’s run was a bit more hilly. My left calf is a bit tight now but I will foam roll it and ice it and it should be fine.

Brunch afterwards that included a nice red rooster ale.  YUMMY!!!!

**Directions on where to turn written down to follow.

WHAT?!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle!! Of course you can! YES, this year! That and more! Easy, done, HISTORY. Just imagine it, feel it, and leap like your pants are on fire… I’ll catch you.

I’m there now, waiting, and all I can tell you is that a Mac Book is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

Whooooha,
The Universe


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2010 4:50 pm

    I am glad you are okay!

  2. March 22, 2010 5:08 pm

    Listen to your body over the next few days and make sure you’re really okay. Cars & bike and/or runners are always fighting for the road. I have, on several occasions come close to getting hit by a car EVEN when I have the right-of-way. Unfortunately, we end up in the hopital and the driver only has to complain about a scratch on his bumper.

    Take care of yourself!!

    Ron

  3. Michelle permalink
    March 22, 2010 5:30 pm

    I’m glad you dodged the bullet! Whew!

  4. March 22, 2010 6:25 pm

    Ahhhhh, chica… stay safe out there will ya? A lot of accidents are caused by split second decisions. Well, at least a lot of mine are 😦 safe = methodical!! Get some rest and heal up!!

  5. March 22, 2010 6:28 pm

    I am so glad you are okay. We all need to be reminded to be careful this time of year, even if we are in the right…right!? Heal up, chica!

  6. March 22, 2010 10:08 pm

    Michelle,

    I’m so glad you are ok-but dont ignore any pain you might feel tomorrow or the next day!

    It was fantastic meeting you yesterday!!!! So glad you joined us!

  7. March 23, 2010 1:00 pm

    i’m glad you are okay. a cyclist got killed yesterday here ON THE BIKE PATH from a car that lost control on an overpass. Huge wakeup call to be on the lookout even when you think you are safe.. 😦

  8. March 24, 2010 6:17 am

    how SCARY…hope you’re okay!!
    My little grand neice was so excited to watch LIFE last night too!

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