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Corrosive Shame
Therapy for Life
Think cheery thoughts...
Last night, for the first time in a while I got on my bike and road down the park to meet up with some of "The Lads" (TM) for a game of football. The turn-out was a little lower than I'd hoped - "Kung-Fu" Berresford was away, depriving us all of his flying kick antics, though "Chopper" Thomspson and "C*ntbubble" Waterhouse (What this man doesn't know about expletives...) were on hand. We played for about an hour, the last 55 minutes of which I spent panting and attempting to breathe - though at only one point did I feel like I was going to collapse and suffocate so it can't all be that bad. I got very confused at one point when people kept shouting at "Time" at me when I got the ball - I looked around, forgot about the ball - then realised that rather than a US style break they were trying to help... It was like being back at school where I was more often than not the last one to be picked.

We lost the match, thanks mainly to my stirling efforts while in goal to let in a couple to keep things competitive, before I contemplated the cycle home. I had to wrestle for 5 minutes with the strap on my cycle helmet, allowing me to catch my breath and chat with one of the opposition before they strolled off to the pub. We started chatting about cycling and I was reminded that my cycle helmet is apparently useless for collisions over 12mph - and as a result I accepted there was a high risk of dying in any accident. He countered, very casually, with how much worse he thought permanent paralysis would be. He then wandered off - leaving me cheered up no end about my chances.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Poison - Alice Cooper

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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: July 3rd, 2003 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
At least it's safer than horse-riding - ok, I bet my helmet's more use, but your bike doesn't suddenly rear up and spin round when it spots an otherwise-invisible monster under a bush, does it?
boglin From: boglin Date: July 3rd, 2003 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
But you don't generally have to take the horse down the A441 at rush hour and get cut up by insane motorists at roundabouts. I feel *much* safer riding a horse than riding a bike - wouldn't you agree that your average horse is actually a lot more resonable and predictable than your average car driver?
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: July 4th, 2003 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
The road outside our yard is for some reason a 60mph zone that is frequented by speeding motorcyclists - I'd much rather be on a bike! In fact, I won't ride my mare along any road if I can help it, she hates motorbikes; so yes, she is predictable, in that I know she will spin and bolt out of control...
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: July 3rd, 2003 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
my cycle helmet is apparently useless for collisions over 12mph

My cycle helmet has been dropped so many times that I'm pretty sure it's not good for anything. Except to make me feel as if I'm not being incredibly wreckless for going out without one.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: July 3rd, 2003 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)


It's a security blankie you mean? ;-)
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: July 3rd, 2003 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Not exactly. It doesn't make me feel ~safe~ it makes me feel ~virtuous~.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: July 4th, 2003 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I used to wear a helmet when I cycled to the previous yard where I kept my horses - not because it made me feel safe, but because I made my daughter wear one (and she sometimes accompanied me), so it felt hypocritical to do otherwise.
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: July 4th, 2003 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
On balance, I think it's probably better to wear a helmet that not. It might make that difference between life and death (or indeed life and permanent paralysis). I don't wear it to feel safe though -- I don't actually feel ~unsafe~ when I'm cycling; I'm quite comfortable out on the road.

However, I guess I should probably get a new helmet, so that it will actually do the job it's supposed to. On the other hand, I would probably just drop the new one all the time, too. :-)
quondam From: quondam Date: July 3rd, 2003 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
My cycle helmet has been bust for months. I felt really naughty the first time I went down the A38 without it on.

Now I cheerfully jump on the bike as if it had never been...

Wasn't there something about cyclists actually averaging longer lives despite the much higher chance of dying in an RTA, cos of being fit(ter)? Is that cheerier?!
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