the accident

 bicycle accident

On Friday, August 3, I had my first serious bicycle crash. I was riding east in a bike lane and the sun was in my eyes. I had on sunglasses but still kept my head low. I could see about 20 feet in front of me. I caught a flash of orange out the corner of my eye. I looked up to see a white van parked in the bike lane. I was too close to brake, I swerved left. 

The next thing I recall is looking up and seeing Whitlock Village and thinking I didn’t recall this village in Seven Oaks. Things started to get a little clearer and I realized I was still in Meadow Pointe and on Beardsley Avenue. My shoulder was sore but I got up and sat on the bumper of the van. Someone called 911. Florida Highway Patrol arrived and asked me questions. I declined a ride to the hospital. I didn’t have my ID nor insurance and needed to go home. I didn’t feel that bad. 

I called D and she picked me, took me home. I changed my clothes from my cycling shorts and sweat soaked top. I put on a wool shirt that would keep me warm in the ER which is usually cold. D dropped me off as she had to go back to work. I was sore but didn’t really think I was hurt. If anything, I expected a concussion because I had no memory of the impact. I am not sure if I lost consciousness. 

FHWC ER is a new concept from what I am used to. I got put into a private room and only the basic information was taken before a PA came in to see me. A technician came in and took X-rays of my left knee and right shoulder. My left knee was scraped but didn’t hurt. I was wheeled to another room for a CT scan of my head and neck. While I waiting for the results, I got a tetanus shot. I opted to get the shot in my sore arm. No reason to have two sore arms. Finally, someone came to get my insurance information. 

It was quite a surprise to hear I had a broken clavicle. The pain was only a 3 or 4! And especially weird to hear I had no concussion. Then again, my head didn’t feel like I had a concussion. The pain was really just in my shoulder. They gave me ibuprofen 800. I was told to called an orthopedic surgeon in case I needed surgery. They gave me a sling with a waist strap to keep me from moving my shoulder. 

My dad picked me up and took me home. I thought about having him take me to fill my prescription but his driving out of the hospital parking lot left me with little patience. We went home. 

D picked me up and took me to Target. At this point, the whiplash kicked in. I had an awful pain in my right shoulder blade. The pain was only bearable while I was sitting and putting pressure on it. Walking or standing for more that a few minutes made me nauseous. 

The hardest part was trying to do everything with one hand. Although I am right handed, I do use my left hand for many tasks. Just not everything. Brushing my teeth with my left hand was so awkward. 

I was a little worried about sleeping that first night. I prefer to sleep on my side and was worried I might try to move while I was sleeping. Sleeping was fine and I slept most of the night. I didn’t need any pain reliever. 

Saturday and Sunday were spent at home sitting in my chair most of the day. I only got up to fill my stand ring on my Apple Watch. The pain in my back was awful. 

On Monday, I went to the chiropractor. He told me that it was the whiplash that was causing the pain. He did some adjustments. I was really sore and the cracking was intense. I thought this would help, it didn’t. 

I had to keep calling every day to say I wouldn’t be at work. I worried every day that I would have to talk to K. She wanted to know how long I would be out. I just didn’t know how long the pain would continue. If it wasn’t for the whiplash and back pain, I wouldn’t have missed any work. 

On Tuesday, it was school registration for Andy. I was fortunate that they started a virtual registration that was online. I only needed to logon and get his schedule and bus information. I would not have been able to stand in line like I had to for the past 16 years. Later, Andy and I drove to Chick-fil-A for lunch. Driving is OK. My back hurt but it was tolerable. 

I spent most of my time, reading, surfing the web, listening to podcasts and looking for jobs. 

On Friday, I went to the orthopedic surgeon. This was the earliest appointment I could get and I had to drive to Brandon. The hospital didn’t upload the X-rays so I needed more. The technician told me that Dr C likes more views as well. The PA explained the complications of surgery versus no surgery. I opted for no surgery. They agreed especially since I have little pain when I move my arm. I was told to start moving my arm with pendulums but not to move my arm above my shoulder. They told me I only needed to hold my arm at a 45° angle instead of 90°. We took off the waist strap from the sling. I go back in 2 weeks.

I went to the chiropractor to get another adjustment. This one went a little better. Dr B said I should come back every week. 

I started to feel improvement on Sunday. I could walk and stand for about 10-15 minutes before the pain was too much. Monday brought even more improvement. I don’t know if it is because I switched to naproxen or if I am finally healing. I went back to the chiropractor. I even stopped at Publix for a few groceries. I am not sure if I will be able to work the full day but I am going to try.

20180805 cycling

 bicycle accident

This is going to be the last update for a while. I am sidelined with a broken clavicle and whiplash. When the pain goes away, I will set up my rollers and ride at home until I can get back on the road. 


75° humidity 96% wind 3-7 SE
Earlier ride because of work. Not as warm, feels good. 
9.03 miles
12.6 mph


76° humidity 92% wind 5-8 SE
Overcast and windy. I didn't have much energy today. Utility work had sidewalk closed. They put a sign but not where the blue clock starts. 
12.61 miles
12.3 mph


75° humidity 96% wind 5-10 SE
Sunny and windy. Shorter ride so I can go into work early. 
Utility work blocking the MUP on SR56. The sidewalk closed sign was at The Beach House so I rode through their parking lot. It doesn't go through so I had to ride on some sidewalks, through the grass and a planting bed. 
9.21 miles
12.7 mph


77° humidity 95% wind 4-7 SE
Sunny and windy. Nosebleed and stomach cramps. Headwind along Mansfield but I pushed through it. 
13.15 miles
12.5 mph

 bicycle accident
 bicycle accident

75° humidity 95% wind 3-5 SE
The crash. 
I was down Beardsley with the sun in my eyes. I kept my head down and looking ahead about 20’ I caught a glimpse of something orange in my peripheral vision. I looked up and saw the van. It was too close and I had no time to stop. I swerved left. 
I don’t remember the impact. The first thing I remember is looking across the street at the Whitlock sign. I thought I was in Seven Oaks and did’t remember Whitlock being there. I was sitting on the van in the open door. FHP came as well as an ambulance. I said I would call a friend. D came and took my home so I could get my wallet. We went to FHWC. After X-rays, I was told I had no concussion but did have a broken clavicle. That surprised me because my should didn’t hurt much. Later that day, the whiplash made itself know. The pain of it is what keeps me away from moving much. 
2.2 miles

This week 46.2 miles
This year 2193

20180729 cycling

bike lane

I finally got over my cold this week. Working later helped me get in a few more miles.


72° humidity 95% wind 6-12 S-SW
Felt colder. I felt better. Roads were wet after heavy storms this morning. 
11.92 miles
12.5 mph


81° humidity 83% wind 7-14 S 6-10 SW
Late start because of the rain. Took a chance and went my regular route. I should have turned at The Ridge but I went to Hueland Pond where it started raining. It stung my skin but didn't last long and I never had to take off my glasses.
11.41 miles
12.7 mph


83° humidity 84% wind 8-11 S
Rain this morning. I didn't time my ride well and got caught in a few light showers. Rode harder to get home quicker. 
11.24 miles
13 mph


79° humidity 91% wind 5-10 S
More rain this morning but I managed to avoid getting wet from it. 
12.03 miles
12.7 mph


81° humidity 90% wind 3-4SE but changed to 3-7 SW
I went out my usual route based on the wind reported at 9. But I ended Ridge bag against the wind the entire ride because it shifted. Dammit!
Actually it wasn't that bad but my body didn't want to push. 
13.04 miles
12.4 mph


75° humidity 94% wind 2 E
Felt a lot stronger than 2 mph. Headwind along Beardsley and Mansfield. 
Pushed harder. 
9.07 miles
12.7 mph


78° humidity 90% wind 2-3 SE
Wind felt stronger. 
Bloody nose at mile 9?! It stopped by the time I got to Mansfield. 
13.1 miles
12.6 mph
This week 81.9
This year 2134

20180722 cycling


Still sick but getting better. I started riding a little harder and longer at the end of the week.


81° humidity 96% wind 2-5 S
Warm and windy. Still sick so not pushing it. 
11.36 miles
12.2 mph


80° humidity 95% wind 6-9 SW
I went my normal route because the wind felt against me when I turned onto CLR. 
I felt good and only coughed once but took the shortcut through The Ridge. 
10.41 miles
12.2 mph


79° humidity 92% wind 5-10 SW
I went out CLR to BBD. It was windy, I could feel it. Blew a snot rocket that stuck to my glasses and in my nose. I had to pull it off. It was so gross. But my nose felt so clear after that. And no coughing. 
Headwind along Beardsley. 
11.52 miles
12.4 mph


79° humidity 90% wind 6-10 S
Windy. Felt better and pushed harder. No coughing until the end when I smelled something vile from the sewer drain. Gross. 
12.07 miles
12.6 mph


77° humidity 95% wind 4-7 SE
Feeling better. I can breathe and not have to blow snot rockets every mile. 
A few sprinkles which explains the rainbow along SR56. 
9.09 miles
12.4 mph


80° humidity 90% wind 6-8 SW
I went out to BBD. Headwind along CLR. 
Golf cart with woman and her two boys sitting in the MUP at Mansfield. Idiot. 
Headwind along Beardsley and CLR. 
14.49 miles
12.2 mph

83° humidity 87% wind 7-11 W
Warm and windy. I rode out to BBD and back SR56. Some coughing but it is productive. 
8.55 miles
12.5 mph
This week 77.5
This year 2078

20180715 cycling


Not a great week for riding. I have been battling a cold so I have been riding slower and shorter each day.


75° humidity 94% wind 2 N
Still not pushing because of my cough. 
9.06 miles
12.3 mph


78° humidity 89% wind 3-4 NE
Windy and muggy and I am still coughing. 
I didn't push it but still tried to stay over 12 mph. 
13.78 miles
12.4 mph


77° humidity 89% wind??
Windy and it seemed to change direction. 
I felt OK for the first 20 minutes then the coughing started. I decided not to go too long. Headwind along SR56 & Mansfield. 
11.77 miles
12.2 mph


76° humidity 90% wind 3-5 SE
Felt better but took it easy. Utility work blocking MUP just before Mansfield. I had to turn around. 
12.65 miles
12.2 mph

80° humidity 86% wind 3 NE
I felt better. No coughing during the ride. 
Rode up to Union Park Academy and turned around. No stops. 
9.93 miles
12.3 mph


75° humidity 96% wind 2 E
Felt cooler but maybe because the sun was lower and in my eyes. 
Took it easy. Coughing but not on the bike. 
8.51 miles
12.1 mph

81° humidity 91% wind 2w
I went my normal route because the wind felt more easterly than west. When I turned west onto SR56 there was a strong headwind. I almost turned around. It turned out not to be that strong. 
Still sick. Took it easy. 
9.02 miles
11.9 mph
This week 74.7
This year 1991

20180708 cycling


An OK week of riding. 
It was an emotional week. 

74° humidity 97% wind 2-4 E
Goofed on my timing and only had time for a shorter ride. Pushed it right from the start. No stops. Headwind along Mansfield
8.47 miles
13.3 mph


77° humidity 92% wind 2-7 E
Muggy and windy. 
Tachycardia around mile 7. Wouldn't resolve. Weird that I don't feel it while I am riding. I only feel it coming on. I can feel it when I stop. 
15.32 miles
12.6 mph


75° humidity 95% wind 2-4 NE
Muggy and windy. With the holiday, there were few work crews in Union Park. I rode through the newer areas. 
Bike and golf cart parade through Union Park. 
Headwind along Mansfield
15.91 miles
12.6 mph


72° humidity 95% wind 3-7 E
Cooler and windier. 
I rode at my own pace. My thoughts kept traveling back to work and I didn't want to. 
Headwind along Mansfield
14.07 miles
12.2 mph

73° humidity 95% wind 2-4 SE
Chance of rain but I got lucky. A shorter ride because I got a late start.
11.13 miles
12.6 mph


73° humidity 94% 2-6 W
Took is easy as I am getting a summer cold. 
Wind changed direction and I had a strong headwind along Hueland Pond. 
8,54 miles
12.1 mph


79° humidity 86% wind 1-3 E
I started out slow because of my cold. My legs kept pushing and I felt fine
9.03 miles
12.7 mph
This week 82.4
This year 1917

20180701 cycling


# 20180701 Cycling
Much better week for riding. With 4 days off and nights for two, I had longer rides. I finally got over 100 miles in one week. 


74° humidity 96% wind 2-4 E
Still taking it easy. Rode longer but at more casual pace. 
14.36 miles
11.7 mph


77° humidity 90% wind 2-3 S-SE
Windier than reported. Rode at my own pace. No pushing. I felt good. 
14.8 miles
12 mph


76° humidity 92% wind 2-3 S > 2-4 SW > 2-4 W
Wind wasn't strong but it changed direction so was mostly against me. 
I rode at my own pace and felt good. Pumped up tires might have helped. 
15.63 miles
12.8 mph


77° humidity 90% wind 2-4 SW 3-6 S 2-5 SW
I felt like I was working harder and going slower. 
HR jumped a bit around mile 8. 
Headwind along Beardsley and CLR
17.86 miles
12.6 mph


78° humidity 91% wind 2-8 S-SW
I wanted another longer ride even though I work today so I started early. 
Even when I try riding at an easier pace, I find myself speeding up and pushing the longer I ride. 
18.02 miles
12.5 mph


76° humidity 97% wind 1-3 SE
I didn't push but I didn't have much energy today. That is the trouble with working until 9 the night before. 
15.56 miles
12.3 mph

78° humidity 91% wind 5 S
Windier today. I didn't have time for a longer ride so I rode a little harder. 
Headwind along Mansfield. 
9.07 miles
12.9 mph
This week 105.3
This year 1834


20180624 cycling


What a crap week!
I got food poisoning on Monday night and couldn’t ride at all on Tuesday. I lost so many fitness streaks. I had to take it easy the rest of the week as my stomach was still iffy. I did manage to reach my weekly goal of 50 miles. 


75° humidity 95% wind 3 NE
Earlier ride. Sun was low and in my eyes. 
9.03 miles 12.7 mph

Stomach bug


78° humidity 84% wind 3-5 S
Took it after yesterday's stomach bug. I felt fine for the first 15 minutes and would have like to stop. But I had to ride the 15 minutes back so I just kept going. 
My brain thought I should be riding faster and I had to remind myself to take it easy. 
9.09 miles
11.8 mph

79° humidity 89% wind 5-8 W
I rode casually. I felt fine but slow. 
6.11 miles
10.7 mph


76° humidity 96% wind 4-9 SW
Felt better but decided to take it easy and see if I can burn more fat. 
Overcast and muggy. 
I forgot or miscued Strava after a stop. I forgot to end the workout on my Apple Watch. All my numbers are skewed. 
8.85 miles
11.7 mph


78° humidity 90% wind 4-6 W
Didn't feel well. Easy ride. 
8.59 miles
11.1 mph


80° humidity 88% wind 1-5 NW
I felt better and rode a little faster but didn't push it. 
8.79 miles
11.9 mph
This week 50.2
This year 1738

20180617 cycling


A really good week of riding. We were short-handed at work which meant working 11-8 which meant longer rides before work. Clear weather also helped.


74° humidity 91% wind??
Not much wind so everything was a headwind. 
I rode to BBD. I wasn't mindful and turned onto Aronwood. I turned around and continued along CLR to BBD. 
A semi cut me off as I was riding along SR56 in the bike lane. He turned into Publix. Nothing I could do. 
I rode up to Union Park and turned around at the school. 
14.56 miles
12.9 mph


74° humidity 89% wind 1-2 S
Little wind. I went easy. 
Buses are out for summer school. 
14.74 miles
12.4 mph


73° humidity 91% wind 2-3 E
Some wind. Wasn't annoying. 
11.77 miles
12.8 mph


74° humidity 92% wind 1-4 S-SE
Not much wind. 
I felt strong but didn't push it. 
14.84 miles
12.9 mph


76° humidity 91% wind 0-5 W
The wind direction wasn't reported and I should have checked. I ended up fighting a headwind along SR56. It wasn't bad but I couldn't keep my HR below 150 and keep my speed up. 
15.07 miles
12.9 mph


75° humidity 91% wind 2-3 SE
Short ride. Pleasant. 
9.06 miles
12.7 mph


79° humidity 84% wind 2-4 NE
Hot, humid and some wind. Not a pleasant ride but I didn't want to stop. 
15.38 miles
12.7 mph

This week 95.4
This year 1672

20180610 cycling


A good week for riding. I feel like my average speed is increasing just a bit.


78° humidity 94% wind 6 W
I did a reverse loop. I got caught at the light at Mansfield. 
I stopped again at Rensselaer and forgot to pause my Apple Watch. 
9.12 miles
12.7 mph


78° humidity 91% wind 5-7 NW
Rode out to BBD to SR56. 
Headwind along Beardsley. 
11.61 miles
12.7 mph


77° humidity 88% wind 4-7 S
Windy wasn't too bad. 
I rode to Union Park. I need to stop going on the loop where they are building new homes. It is too busy. 
14.64 miles
12.7 mph


75° humidity 85% wind 2-7 W
I went out to BBD to SR56. 
My legs felt strong for the first five miles. Then they felt like noodles. 
I got a second wind after my second stop. I rode through Union Park. 
Headwind the whole way back. 
15.76 miles
12.7 mph


72° humidity 95% wind 3-5 mph
Overcast. Nice to get back to my normal ride. Though cars were annoying today. Strava cut out at one point. Weird. 
9.04 miles
12.5 mph


72° humidity 89% wind 1-2 NE-NW
Not much wind so everything felt like a headwind. 
I saw Lars working in his yard. 
13.79 miles
12.7 mph


77° humidity 82% wind 1-4 S-SE
Body is tired and thought about taking it easy. But I pushed through. 
9.11 miles
12.6 mph
This week 83
This year 1583