Running is a time specific workout. Once I pick my training distance, I can accurately estimate my finish time. Cycling is totally different story. Steve can be delayed by a flat tire or a broken spoke. If any teammate has a mechanical problem or just a bad day, the whole team is delayed - maybe by a few hours. Every couple of months, Steve calls me to tell me that someone isn't able to finish the ride. That's when I hop in the truck and pick them up.
When Steve called me last night from his regular Tuesday ride, I wasn't all that worried. He said he'd taken a spill and that he had a cut on his forehead. Nope, he didn't need a ride home, but he'd be late. Then another friend called and said "We've got his bike and his stuff and they're loading him into the ambulance." WTF!
The next hour was sort of a scramble of grabbing stuff for Steve (pajamas, food, eye glasses) and heading to the hospital - the wrong hospital. Then I got lost a second time by taking the wrong highway split. Finally, I got to the correct ER. I must have had my "Don't mess with me" look on my face, because the ER nurse immediately walked me back to see Steve. If you work in the ER, let me give you a free tip. Tell the family member what they're going to see. I was visualizing a little knock on the head. Not gushing blood, a swollen face and cervical collar. How's about you give me a friggin' warning ER nurse?
Luckily, Steve is okay - no concussion. (Thank you helmet! A million thanks.) He's got a wicked case of road rash on his face, lots of stitches on his forehead and cheek and a shiner you wouldn't believe. A little cosmetic damage and general soreness, but time, Neosporin, and Tegaderm will take care of that.
If you'd have told me that one of us would have a bike accident this week, I wouldn't have guessed Steve.