Sadly this is not the happy 'I'm back in Edinburgh' post I was hoping to be making this week.
A month ago I moved back to Edinburgh from Canada and on Saturday I picked up brand new Specilized Tricross Elite. On Monday I bought a pair of cycling shorts - my first pair ever.
Yesterday morning I cycled to work though Holyrood Park. And around about this time yesterday I was involved an in incident that closed Regent Road briefly. I won't go into the gory details of being dragged about under a coach but as I'm sure you'll imagine, it was terrifying.
The staff from the police, ambulance and fire services that attended were amazed that this was not a fatal collision and more amazed that I managed to get myself into the ambulance myself with just a little assistance. The doctors at the RI were also amazed that I didn't break anything!
I'm still rolling about in pain and all that so the seriousness of what happened yesterday is yet to sink in.
One parting thought: In all of this I have come across a compelling reason to wear a helmet. If you don't have one, you'll have to listen to at least 15 people tell you that you probably should have been.
Lastly I'd like to thank a few people:
Emergency Services, thank you for coming so quickly and the blue light ride through the city to Little France.
The cyclist, who stopped and supported my back while I was on the road.
The nurse/midwife, who held my hand and supported my head.
The hospital team, who fitted me in around a few major traumas that they were also dealing with.