Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rain, Pain and Trains

This weekend southern CA got its first winter storm. I got to ride and run in some chilly rain showers. (I know, I know, all you Canadian, Michigander and New Englanders can pull out your violins in unison.) It was actually a fun day of training. I tried to capture a picture of the angry ocean, but it probably just looks tropical because there are palm trees in it.

Our friend Allan rode Saturday as well. He made it 65 miles screaming down mountains in the rain, only to get home, ride up on the sidewalk at 3mph, get his wheel caught in a manhole and flip over his handlebars, landing on the sidewalk face-first. We're working on an award for "the most crazy accident." He now has 18 stitches in his lip, a black eye and a broken rib. 

Some funny notes from the accident. When asked his age right after he had regained consciousness, Allan said "uh, I don't know, 40-something." Our friend Mike decided this was a fair answer since after 40 everyone tries to forget their exact age anyway.

Once at the hospital the nurse attempted to put an IV in Allan's arm.
Nurse #1 to Nurse #2: Can you help me out there? This guy has tricky veins!
Allan to Nurse #1: Oh, I'm an Ironman.
Nurse #2: Oh I never saw that movie but I heard it was funny.
Allan has no recollection of this conversation, thankfully Mike was there to witness it so it can be recounted at many future parties. All joking aside though, we are really grateful Allan is going to be ok and wish him a very speedy recovery!!

And finally, what weekend is complete without a visit to the San Diego Train Show? Steven is somewhat of a model train enthusiast. Hence our yearly visit the model train show. Thankfully he isn't over-the-top into model railroading - meaning he does not dress up in overalls and an engineer hat. And some of the trains, scenery and buildings are actually really cool!


Roo said...

This is the third emergency room visit I've heard about (including my own!) this week. Sounds like we're all doing a good job of keeping the local hospital in business! Poor Allan!

BTW- It's supposed to be 34 degrees in Carlsbad on Thursday!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I hope that Allan feels better soon! Let's stay out of the ER, okay? Knock on wood!!!

Sounds like fun times at the Train Show. Really neat that the two of you do stuff like this!

Sounds like we're going to need hats now when we bike. (sniff). But I would take our San Diego weather and "winter" over anywhere else! :)

rocketpants said...

ohhh bad way to end a ride! But at least he was only going 3mph.

I'll take this 'winter' over other places too. Still can be chilly...but not really *cold*.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Oh man, what a serious drag. Good thoughts that those injuries heal up good and fast. Broken ribs are quite painful (I've heard).

Glad you had a good training weekend! It was cold/rainy here too so I swam - indoors. Just call me chicken.

D said...

Hahaha... you totally called me out with the violins. Damn it! I have nothing to say now :)