Its been a a while since I have posted to the blog and I need to complete my posting on supplementation. I will! As we all know life get in the way. I have been very busy with my bike racing team as we have already started worrying on next year’s team plans. I am also working on a new business venture that I hope will benefit many cyclists and I am still trying to get my legs back after a long illness this summer.
So I decided it was time to get out and participate in a group ride. Several of my teammates and I decided to ride out to the Ford Iron Man bike course Sunday and cheer on some friends and watch some spectacular athletes in action!
The cycling/Triathlon community is still reeling from a recent death of a cyclist in a Triathlon held in my home town of Louisville Kentucky. This athlete was hit by Drunk Driver from behind and killed. The community has come out in great support of the family of the fallen Triathlete.
As my daughter of 9 years old gets closer to racing as a sanctioned Junior I am concerned for her safety as she picks up on her father and mothers love of cycling and fitness. We do not live in Louisville any longer and my daughter only knows rural roads, bike friendly neighbors as well as a community that supports cyclists. She has not had to deal with distracted drivers, irate municipal workers and the rough and tumble life of riding a bike in a city.
Fast forward Ford Iron Man Bike Leg of the Race. My teammates and I arrived to see a very active course with several athletes giving it there all on all manner of bikes. We parked our bikes at a 4 way intersection and began to cheer on the racers while the local Law Enforcement managed the traffic at the intersection. Moments later an irate motorist is at the intersection and begins to whine and then yell “It’s my turn to go, I have been waiting for 5 minutes!”
Did I hear this person? “I have been waiting for 5 minutes” and they are upset? Then the same motorist made like they were going to drive through the intersection anyway. I was blown away and I just acted. I told the driver that they needed to wait and listen to the officer directing traffic. The driver, an adult, then got mad at me and decided I needed to know that she has been waiting for 5 minutes to get across. I then explained to this driver that the safety of these athletes was what mattered right now.
The driver got the turn to go and sped away indignant with the whole situation. The point in this is that I will on occasion confront a motorist no mater how big or small when it comes to my safety or the safety of others. When I was younger I was taught by other older and wiser cyclist than me to “Speak Up” and be heard. “You do what it takes to be noticed and heard when you are on the bike!”
As an adult now I am not proud of some of the things I did or said to get a motorists attention when out riding on busy streets. I am here today so I must have done something right. The point is we have to protect ourselves form those who do not care!