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That's so hardcore

Okay, I'm trotting out my Hard Core Logo icon for this because, damn, skippy. I rode my bike to work today in the 17 degrees. Not only that, but I had my first traffic accident and I got back up and continued my ride.

If that ain't hardcore for a 54 year old information systems professional, well, what the hell is? I ask you.

The accident was sort of no-fault--a driver attempting to make a right turn on red was blocking all but a few inches of the curb cut I needed to get from street to bikeway. She saw me coming at the last second and decided to get out of my way by pulling forward, blocking ALL of the curb cut. So I veered, bounced off the curb, and went down.

And because I was extremely bundled up for the cold*, I became entangled in Clyde and had a bit of a time getting back up. But I did--while my Motordom malefactor stared and blocked traffic in both intersecting streets. And I moved on. And got to work on time.

*The bundling up involved, from top to bottom
  • wool cap under helmet
  • 2 pashminas--one over my nose and mouth, one around my neck and shoulders
  • 2 shirts (one a turtleneck)
  • wool sweater coat
  • heavy rain coat
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • woolly tights
  • heavy socks
  • heavy walking shoes
My right knee is a bit swollen, and my front brakes were rubbing a little--both Clyde and I were torqued around slightly--but no serious damage (if you don't count my shrill cry of "Learn to drive!" as being generally damaging to world peace). No frostbite and no broken bones.

That is so hard core.

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authoressnebula
Dec. 8th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I gotta tell you, I've been following your riding posts, and you make me wish so hard that my roads around here weren't chunky bits of gravel with no shoulders. God I miss riding my bike.

Also, you are AWESOME. That just needs to be said.

~Nebula
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Your icon! <3.

I wish you had better cycling conditions too! Because this bike-riding thing adds so much value to my life: the exercise, the endorphins, the freedom, and of course the smugness. Let us not forget the smugness.
avventura1234
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
How low will we go?
I rode too. I figure 20 degrees, 17 degrees, 10 degrees. What the hell? We're in our fifties, and we are tough!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: How low will we go?
I draw the line where I stop feeling safe. But this is just chilly, not dangerous. I'm in the city, I have a phone--if I should become stranded in this weather, I'd be worried, but what are the odds of that?

My wool socks and leggings should be arriving soon. Some better gloves would definitely be in order. Otherwise, this is easy.
silk_knickers
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you (and your bike) are okay!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you. We are, apparently, fairly tough.
owzers
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
TAKES A LICKING AND KEEPS ON TICKING!
Holy crap hon! It's a really good thing you were wearing 27 layers of clothing to cushion the fall of the Anne Empire! I am amazed and in awe of your fortitudeness!!! *is proud*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: TAKES A LICKING AND KEEPS ON TICKING!
LOL! The fall of the Anne Empire. I love it. And yes, the many layers of clothing really DID make a difference. I haven't un-layered at work enough to actually look at my knee, but I'm sure it's pretty colors by now.
panisdead
Dec. 9th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm from the south. That's--a darn lot of clothing, right? Even for winter in Oregon? I have never worn two pairs of pants in my life!

Glad you're okay. Eeek!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
This is EXTREMELY cold for my part of the world. We don't get a lot of below-freezing weather here. So yes, a lot of clothes--making an arctic wardrobe out of what's on hand. It's kind of fun, but it's gonna get old fast.
starfishchick
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
SO HARDCORE!!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
*waves at the lovely CKR icon* :D

Edited at 2009-12-09 04:30 am (UTC)
executrix
Dec. 9th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Indeed! I hope this is the worst thing ever to befall you and Clyde.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm sanguine.
llaras
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Eek! I'm glad you're okay. Holy moly.

I have real admiration for what you're doing, but it scares the crap out of me. A friend of mine got hit by a car when riding his bike and died and the thought of that happening to someone else I know and love gives me the wiggins. I trust your instincts though. Just, ergh.

*lovelovelove*
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I appreciate your concern. I hear about cycling fatalities (here and elsewhere) with some regularity, but the fact is, cycling fatalities per travel mile are less common than motor vehicle fatalities.

If it helps you overcome the wiggins, I'm a very cautious, conservative driver, and I cycle the same way--I try for the most defensive riding style, and I'm riding in a highly bike-aware area. I feel pretty safe out there all in all, but even today's little incident was a good lesson in the simple fact that you can never be too careful.
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ext_167229
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
That is so hard core. Sorry to hear about the mishap. Wish the driver had done something more than stare. Happy winter :)

-Dottie
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Winter so far is fun! But it will begin sleeting soon (as I hear it's been doing in your neck of the woods) and at that point I may revert to bus-riding.
lamentables
Dec. 9th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Go you and your hardcore cycling 'tude!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Just stop me if I ever show any inclination to spandex, okay?
korintomichi
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Glad you're okay.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! Me too. All is well.
str8ontilmornin
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you survived and bounced back from the incident. I rode in a little later and got a balmy 24 degrees. heh.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow! Hawaiian shirt? Sunglasses?
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
LOL! True Git. Indeed.

I have this icon, which I made recently in response to a comment conversation recently with serenity_valley. It stuns me that I have any occasion to use it, but it seems I have.
altariel
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
You're brilliant. Glad you're safe, too.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and thank you. All is well and I rode home last night and again to work this morning without incident.
altariel
Dec. 9th, 2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Have another icon.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you! That's a WONDERFUL image! That's Emma Peel, n'est-ce pas? There was hardcore.
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