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!