Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Accidents



Today was a hot and humid morning with the temperature at 74* when I left the house for my 7 mile run. As I started my run today I thought of how accidents can happen while your training, perhaps because my butt muscle was hurting and has never hurt before today. Or perhaps because Jeff of boingoblog wrote about running in a very rural if not remote area alone.

So what can happen? Most notable dehydration, heat related illness and even exhaustion. I take PowerBar Endurance with me on most of my runs over 5 miles especially here in Florida because you get dehydrated so quickly.

Equipment failures can happen, I have had I don't know who many flats, once while on a trip miles from the hotel where I was staying, with out a cell phone. I try to keep my bike in the best of condition even taking her to the bike shop regularly for maintaince and replacing worn tires after 4,000 miles. Yet accidents happen. As happened to Chris Sandowski of Kona fame pictured above. As you know he was hit by a motorcycle at the 107 mile make of the bike course.

(See Chris's full story here).

So when I think of Kona how hot and humid it is with the winds along Kings Highway and the afternoon thunderstorms, I think hey southwest Florida is a pretty good place to train since the weather is some much like Kona, however I remind myself of Chris Sandowski, accidents can happen even in Kona.


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6 comments:

jeff said...

i routinely run solo out in the desert or the mountains, but when i do those sort of 'running wild' runs, i'll take the camelbak with a phone, lots of fluids, space blanket, etc.

accidents can happen, but taking the risk can reap wonderful rewards.

nancytoby said...

Inspiring stories! How was the party last night? Now I finally have a set of emergency things in a seat-pack on my bike, so I can handle most problems, but I don't think I could cope well with being hit by a motorcycle! I usually have a waistpack with emergency supplies during longer running races, too, come to think of it....

Alicia said...

Thanks for the update on that story! I had heard the rought details and I heard that he finished, but nothing beyond that. Amazing!

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