Thursday 28/2 - I can remember dreaming before waking up and then my eyes slowly opened.
Initially I couldn't focus but slowly realised that I was
lying on ground covered with leaves. My brain was trying to work
out why I was lying on leaves but I had no idea.
I tried to get up but I couldn't and I had no
idea why I couldn't get up. I couldn't work out why I couldn't
push myself up with my arms or why I couldn't sit up.
As my head became clearer I found that I was
lying face down on a the ground in deep wet leaves. I tried to
roll over but I couldn't. As I writhed around trying to get up, I
managed to wriggle onto my side and tried to climb out of the hole I was
It was only then that I realised where I was.
I was climbing out of a hole on the side of the
road on the side of the Pinnacle Road on the way up Mt Wellington and I
heard a car stopping next to me.
As I crawled out of the hole the man from the
car got to me and helped me out - asking if I was ok. I had no
idea if I was or not. I was totally confused (and had lots of
leeches on me searching for a good entry site)
The man (James, a staff training guy from Pure
Tasmania/Federal Group & bike rider) steadied me as I tried to stand.
As things became clearer I noticed I was next to my bike and things
started to come back to me.
Back to the start of the day...
Ralph & Christian were doing the Nth/Sth Track
loop ride & decided to tag along. They are both faster so I knew
it would be hard work. Instead of getting up early and having a
nice breakfast I decided to sleep a bit longer and missed breakfast.
I drove to Tolosa Park and left my car there and rode into Hobart along
the bike track.
I was riding my new dual-suspension mountain
bike and it had wide, knobbly tyres. I headed up Strickland Av
ahead of the others because I was going slower. They passed me
just after Marlyn Rd jcn. They were cruising but I was pushing
My next mistake was that my drink bottle was in
my backpack because I didn't have a bidon holder on the bike yet.
SO as well as not having breakfast I didn't drink on the way up to Fern
I turned up the Pinnacle Rd & kept plugging away
although I was feeling stuffed. About 1km before Shoebridge Bend I
got up out of the seat and went up a chainring - to use some different
muscles. After doing this for about 50m I thought - wow I just
need to rest for a bit.
I stopped on the side of the road and stood over
the bike, leaning against a wooden guide post that marked a drain that
ran under the road. I took some deep breaths but I realised that I
was feeling a little 'light-headed' or dizzy.
I got off the bike and leaned it against the
That was the last think I remembered before
'waking up' down in the culvert/drain a metre below the road. It
was lucky that when I passed out, I was still wearing my bike helmet.
When I got home I looked at fainting videos on the internet & virtually
all of the videos showed the person falling over with a straight body
and there heads getting smashed on the ground (if no-one caught them).
Before watching the videos I thought that your
legs would give way first and you would just collapse straight down but
it looked like peoples eyes roll back, and they just fall forwards -
already unconscious without putting their hands out & land face or head
LESSONS I LEARNED FROM THIS:
Eat breakfast first
Drink during the ride
and again ... get fitter.
If you ever see anyone about to faint... catch
them before they crack their skull on the ground. I ended up with
cuts on my side & legs and smashed my riding glasses from falling down
into the culvert. I wished I had my gopro camera on filming as I
dropped into the hole & to know how long I was out of it.
After recovering next to my bike and drinking my
1L of Gatorade I rolled back down to town and along the bike track to
Cornelian Bay where I was going to meet Ralph who was bringing my car
from Glenorchy MTB Park.
Thanks to James for stopping to check on the guy
lying in the hole, Ralph & Christian for riding back down to me to check
on me & for collecting my car from Glenorchy.
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