Sunday, June 03, 2007

Dave crashes!

I let Michele borrow my training buddies and THIS is how they end up!! They don't call her Black Widow for nothing!!*

Here is Chuck's account of Dave's crash yesterday:

"I think he's going to be OK as long he gives himself time to heal up! It was a crazy wreck....very lucky to be alive!

On a descent miscalculated a turn........too wide, over an embankment and dropped 8-10 feet into a stream. A tree had fallen across the stream and pretty much went face first into that.......I was behind Dave and saw it all happen in slow motion........I was scared to death to look down! Had there been rocks, like most places around there, it would've been so much worse!

The worst part for him I think was the fact that after riding 5-1/2 hours (we were at mile 71 of a 74 mile ride) he was then stripped down to a stretcher and he cramped up so bad......then was not able to eat anything for 4-5 hours.......he was super weak in the hospital but once he got some food in him things started to come around!"







I think this last one should be entitled, "Why real roadies shave their legs".

Looking at that sheet by Dave's leg, now I understand why the mountain climber's jersey has this design!
Best wishes from all of us on a very speedy recovery, Dave! You've got 22 days from your crash to heal for Ironman Coeur d'Alene. You're going to feel pretty awful for a couple of days, but keep your spirits high and YOU CAN DO IT! Your training is already deposited in the Bank of Ironman. Rest and recover now! Consider this an enforced taper so that you won't overdo it (not that you ever overdo it!) in the time right before your Ironman.



*To give Michele full credit, Chuck said later:

"At least Michele didn't leave us on the side of the road. ;-) Michele was a true champion, she really took control of the situation and made sure Dave was able to stay as calm and comfortable as possible!!!"



PS: In answer to the most frequent question, Chuck took Dave's crashed bike in to the bike shop and it checks out fine!! Good thing, bikes don't heal!

17 comments:

TrashTalker said...

"...'tis but a flesh wound...come back here and fight like a man..."

Nothing a little neosporin won't fix up in a jif!

Get well soon Dave!

triathlonmom said...

OMG! Hope he heals fast!

momo said...

omg, nancy! that looks bad, i'm hoping it just looks worse than it is and he's up and around soon.

i'll be looking for him at cda. please send along my best wishes for a speedy recovery and an awesome race.

Comm's said...

that sucks.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Put a little krazy glue in that leg why don't ya

TxTriSkatemom said...

yikes! I can't let my hubby see that before I buy my new bike -- he'll never let me on it. Scary! Hope he's up and around as soon as possible!

Jim said...

Dave - Stay in Talbot County where there are no hills! By the way - I'm confident you'll heal - how's your bike???? Jim C

Karen said...

OUCH!

Wendy said...

Wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery!

Scubapro said...

Dave,

Life is not for wimps! 3 days watching Maury, Jerry Springer and Cops and start back up slowly...

Babysteps just like when you started out life.

You have the heart for triathlon, now play it smart and heal.

BTW Nice mumu! But its not you! Try black with skulls next time bro!

Ellie said...

Oh, geez. How nasty! I'm glad you're at least relatively OK, David!

Spokane Al said...

Holy smokes! The photos were a bit more than I needed this morning.

Get well Dave!

Downhillnut said...

That's gotta hurt. I'm glad Dave didn't break any bones! Good thing it's taper time - tell him to heal up and tackle that Ironman race with the extra character that training scars add.

Shelley said...

Oh nooooo I feel so bad for him, please send him my wishes..I know what a great partner he has been to you...now..don't you think you should send this to IMNA..and let them know what he's been through??

Fe-lady said...

Speedy recovery Dave! (Uh...who took all the bloody pictures? The lip looks the worst! Ouch!)

marsha said...

Being well rested on race day is always a good idea. Think of this as your opportunity to rest and go into the triathlon fully rested and in great shape.

Shawn said...

Holy shit!! And y'all wonder why I'm afraid to make the leap to triathlon...

;)

I hope he mends well.

Vickie said...

Yikes! Poor Dave. He is lucky to be alive. Hopefully he will recover well enough to do his race.