Dang, I was so close to being accident free this year. I got doored a few hours ago. I was speeding along when suddenly a car door opened in front of me. Just the edge of my right handlebar clipping it was enough to knock my front wheel 90 degrees over, result front flip, landing me on my back on the street. That really knocked the wind out of me, lower back scraped, sore and some swelling, right knee scraped, both elbows, right arm a bit bruised, right triceps is sore. I"m going to feel it in the morning :/
The guy was shaken up about it almost worse than me. Yeah it was his fault, not checking, yet I'm blaming myself too. Should know better after 30 years of cycling and usually I check parked cars for anyone inside. Today, I was zoned out, just an inch too close to the side, didn't see it coming at all. I went with him to his house, had a cold drink to calm down and clean up the scrapes a bit. Nice guy, he was rushing home to meet his new grand child. A stupid accident. I've never been doored before yet with how much I cycle it was bound to happen eventually. I'm sure he'll never do it again, he was in tears about it, insisting to give me a ride home.
I declined, we exchanged information instead and I went on my way. Still wanted to get on with my ride :) It hurts less if you keep moving. Similar crashes have never stopped me before. (Clipping a gate, same result, dirt/gravel is softer to land of though)
Dooring is a real problem though http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/dooring-dangers-cyclists-drivers-need-to-be-alert-as-peak-cycle-season-arrives-1.1804724 3 deaths in Montreal last summer.
I'm glad I did my big route yesterday. I went to Burlington again, around the Hamilton bay, 127km loop total, longest yet my favorite route atm. Lots to see on the way, from Green belt to heavy steel harbor industry in Hamilton, Steel town, then over the waterfront trail alongside Lake Ontario. I lost the race to the Burlington bay lift bridge by 20 seconds, to this ship:
Not my picture, didn't have my camera, yet everything has been photographed and put on the internet already anyway!
I didn't know when the bridge would close ofcourse, apparently quite a while before the ship arrives. Anyway I went to the end of the peer to watch it go through, was time for a break anyway after almost 70km. No alternative besides swimming accross lol.
It's quite intimidating to see half a skyscraper on its side come toward you. It barely fit under the bridge. Still some room left on the sides for crazy people in a little boat to squeeze through in the opposite direction. I looked like they didn't take the wake from that ship into account. The little boat pitched up over 60 degrees, slamming back down over the waves from the ship entering the narrow canal. Nice clear day too yesterday. I could see the CN tower in Toronto on the horizon as well as some sky scrapers. That's at least another 50km away as the crow flies.
Anyway, was planning on doing some weightlifting tonight, will have to see how that goes. Meanwhile my wife is browsing related injuries on the internet and wants me to get my back checked out at the hospital :/