And tired, and out of shape. My last physical therapy appointment was yesterday and she said I was healing better than average. If all keeps going well, I can get my hardware out in about 8 months to a year, depending upon what the surgeon says. Although, it is kind of cool to have hardware, it does impede some range of motion (or maybe it is the stiffness still, it has been 5 months). Like one of my Shorai customers said, it gives me ‘street cred’ (he was joking).
I did some streetriding Sunday and was so hot and exhausted. I can’t imagine wearing leathers right now but hell, they are too tight anyway. I am free to exercise as I can stand it now so I have no excuse.
Week before last I did some very easy dirtriding. I classify it as dirtriding only because it was on the dirt and I only did a few jumps, but I was on the Zero MX, with street tires, so hey. But dirtride I did!
And then there was the hiking in Yosemite, and Point Lobos, and roadbiking in Monterey, and kayaking with the leopard sharks at Bolinas Lagoon. Yeah, Shawn had me going all over the place because his kids were in town and how to best break back into being active than to just go full throttle right out the start gate?? AIGH I FEEL SO OLD! You know how they says the older you get the faster you were. Seriously, it is true. How did I get here? ?
All I can do is couch surf and play my violin (albeit badly). I can’t clean the house well so don’t judge, I can just sit there and watch TV in my PJs.
Although Shawn took me for a ride on the back of his bike this weekend! We took this long 180 degree right-hander at a very healthy speed and it was awesome. That was as close as I have gotten to riding since the crash. Although any bump really hurt unless I inflated the heck out of the boot’s bladder to keep my ankle stiff and the heel off of the inside sole.
At least it isn’t as bad as the first two weeks after the break. I don’t recommend it.
Shawn: “Let’s race the AMA West (Kenda/SRT) Hare Scramble Championship.”
Me: I don’t know, I need new tires.
Shawn: “I will buy you new tires, pay for your entry, and change your gearing so you can go faster than ever. ”
Me: Maybe, I dunno.
Shawn: Come on, it will be FUN.”
Who am I to argue with that??? I haven’t raced a scramble or H&H in quite a while. What could possibly go wrong?
And it was a Lot. Of. Fun…until I crashed the most pathetic little crash ever and broke both my tibia and fibula. (more…)
2012 was blur. I don’t remember much about 2012 except loading and unloading my truck. It was a very strange year, not as strange as 2013, but strange nonetheless. I went to every WERA round except for Miller in Utah. I had a mechanical at Autoclub (my bad luck race venue), it was stupid mechanical, too. In fact, I won’t mention it. I won the WERA West Women’s Super Stock Novice Championship and got 2nd in the California State Championship Formula Femme class. I also managed to get 4th place Women’s Intermediate in my first dirt/enduro/GP race at the Elsinore GP. Which was a pretty awesome experience. Here are a few pics of what transpired.
January – WERA Round 1
2010 IGSA Championship Streetluge Crash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK7Hi4CUMdY
Lap Around Chuckwalla Raceway on my CBR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg9HAhVMsBo (just getting to know this track)
After two weeks in the hospital and a new back brace to support her why she heals, Maia is out! She was flown to New Mexico on the 23rd for physical therapy for the next month and a half and has been walking about a 1/4 mile a day.
Pic before her first surgery, bones partially in now. When I saw them, they were out. ICK. I just zipped her leathers up again and told her not to look. Although her hand was wonky and attached pretty much with only soft tissue. It’s just a wonder she is not paralyzed. Her spinal cord was literally lying on her L1 and L2. But holding her up kept it off, and God intervened, I don’t know. It’s better to be lucky, than good. That’s all I know.
A few days after her spinal surgery (second surgery) – And on her second transfusion that day alone.
She’s out! Celebrating with breakfast at IHOP before her flight out. She can walk a bit, but only with a brace.
What an accident like this costs.
- One custom TRS Streetluge = $900
- 3 Randal Trucks with Sponsor discount approximately = $300
- Abec 11 Wheels (sponsored)
- NJK leathers = $700
- 1 helmet(= $60
- 1 pair of leather gloves (mine) = $50
- Hospital Bill for two surgeries including rods and screws for 5 vertebrae and pins in her arm and wrist = $75,000 and climbing
And she still hasn’t learned…
Just kidding 🙂 She can’t even bend over, she was just holding it to scare everyone. But she was thinking about it.