Thursday, September 29, 2011


Well, I'm still here and I'm doing okay.  Thank you so much for all your kind messages and words of encouragement.

I have decided that since my season is effectively over, I will be embracing the off-season with the same determination I usually train with.

Pumpkin spice lattes? Great!

Sea salt caramel chocolate? That sounds good!

Candy pumpkins? Don't mind if I do!

Never fear, my friends.  I promise I won't be sitting on the couch, watching Netflix in a state of ongoing sugar shock forever.  I'm giving myself a couple of weeks, though, to indulge.  Of course, I'm getting my share of healthy foods too, thanks to my wonderful friends who have given us dinner every single night since my accident.

Speaking of the accident, many of you wondered about the driver of the car who caused the accident.  From what I hear, she did end up returning to the site of the crash.  Apparently she had a car full of children and told the officer she was waiting for us to pass.  I don't really buy this.  Really, she was waiting to pass and when we crashed right next to her vehicle she decided that it was then okay to turn and go around us?

The reality of it, though, is that I will never really know exactly what happened.  And the interesting thing to come of this is my complete surprise over my own lack of anger towards this woman.  I'm sure it wasn't on purpose.  She had 5 kids in the car...maybe I should just feel sorry for her?  Even though she might not have been completely truthful as to what happened, she did come back and obviously felt somewhat responsible for what happened.  Hopefully next time she passes a cyclist on the road, she will proceed with great caution. Forgiveness is certainly a great healer, and I need all the healing I can get these days!!

I did get the stitches removed from my face today.  I've had a couple of people mention to me that now I will really look "bad-ass" and have a great story to tell.  I don't know about that, but it certainly cracks me up when people say that!!

Even though I'm trying to enjoy my "off-season" I have noticed that I've been a bit testy today.  I'm guessing my body has decided it has had just about enough sitting around.  I might have to get a bit bossy with myself over the next few days in order to continue the recovery process.  Pray for me.

Better yet, pray for my husband!!


  1. Holy recovery batman! Girl, you look GOOOOOOD! PTL!

  2. You are healing quite nicely there chica!! Thinking of you (and Kel haha) and that sea salt caramel chocolate sounds incredible! :D

  3. I'm glad to see you're healing up so nicely! I'm sure thE chocolate and the forgiving Are helping. I'm sure that lady had a lot of things on her mind, but I hope this taught her to be more careful around cyclist! You're amazing. Just make sure you keep yourself resting for a few more days. :)

  4. Glad to hear you are doing good. And it looks like you are healing awesome, and very quickly I might add. Let me know if you need anything.

  5. Prayers are coming for you and your husband!

  6. Wow you are looking good girl! so happy to see this!

  7. Hi! You don't know me, but I am Amanda Parry's sister, and she was telling me about your accident. I am so glad to see that you are healing, and that you have been able to feel forgiving toward that poor woman. You may never know what happened, but she does, and she has to live with it.
    Good luck to you, and to your husband! ;o)

  8. You must have crazy-active-stem cells or something goin' on, you're face looks all healed up already! Good on you for forgiving the woman, it makes life so much more pleasant when we have love in our hearts :)

  9. That is crazy how fast you are healing! Glad you are getting (almost) back to normal.

    And kudos on being so forgiving to the driver, that is a way bigger feat than healing from the wounds!

  10. Hi Kelly

    I'm glad you and your friend are both doing better, hope you both have a full recovery, and are back to racing your tri dreams next year.

    You're a better person than I as I don't know as I would be as understanding to the driver. I just don't understand how some drivers are so oblivious to cyclists.

    Take care,
    Linda (train-this member; I met you are Iron Girl-Syracuse

  11. So impressed with your attitude & ability to be forgive! Stay strong!


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