However, I was really peeved!! I spent the rest of the ride into work mentally preparing my Instagram rant, which of course would link to Facebook, then feed out to Twitter. All the companies and councils I would tag in, the hash tags I would use to get more eyes on my video. In my head there was a lot of swearing, far too much to be considered lady like although I don't think anyone has ever accused me of being a lady haha
In reality what happened is I was coming off the Ewan Bridge towards the lights which had just turned green so traffic was starting to move. I was in the shoulder part and this guy had absolutely no business trying to come out. He was side on so if he'd had his eyes open and was looking he would have seen me in my bright yellow t-shirt. I was going about 30km and he started pulling out so of course I started slowing down, thinking 'he's got to have seen me by now look how close I am' but he just kept coming. Usually the stern look I give people when they look like they're thinking about pulling out is enough to stop them. Not this time!!
He kept coming out, I kept trying to slow down while still staying on my bike thinking about having to unlock my feet and then I was on his car. I'm so pleased to have stayed on my bike even if I was kind of sprawled on his bonnet. Falling off your bike with your feet clipped in is super awkward looking and very ungraceful trying to get out and up off the ground!!!
So short story is, no damage to me. Not sure about my bike because it kind of wobbles now when I'm trying to go fast, I should probably get that checked out.
Pushing my self up off the bonnet and I turned around and glared at the guy driving. He just looked at me with a smile and a wave of his hand and mouthed sorry. "SORRY???? IS THAT ALL I GET???" I yelled and biked off.
How very un personally developed of me. But in my defense I had just had the crap scared out of me. And I'm not afraid to admit that when I get scared it manifests in anger.
However, the fact that I have been doing personal development every day is reflected in the fact that I actually didn't do a social media rant. Personal development and the fact that I had 30 minutes left of my ride to calm down and get it out of my system. Seriously, what would that achieve apart from making me look like a dork.
It wasn't this time but it could have been much worse. I would actually like to make it home each day to my children. So if nothing else, hopefully if someone who is generally a bit of a wally on the road is reading this blog it may make them be a bit more aware on the road? But the cynic in me thinks probably not. Riding to and from work has really opened my eyes to how crap Wellington drivers are in general. (Please note I said "in general" not everyone is and I really thank those people for being aware and sharing the road) Bus drivers and truck drivers are the worst (not all of them mind you, but a large majority of the ones I have observed, and felt when they get too freaking close to me) are driving dangerously, especially on the motorway. It's sad to think that every time someone goes out on their bicycle that they are playing Russian Roulette with every vehicle that goes past. No matter how conscientious the rider is.
In other news two weeks ago I completed my first 90km bike ride. I biked to the top of the Paekakriki Hill from my house and back again and then out to Days Bay and back. I met a couple of lovely guys who are in training to do the Iron Man in Taupo. It was so cool. They weren't speeding past me like most people so I thought maybe, just maybe, I could keep up. So that was my mission up the hill. And I did, and we got chatting and now I have two new friends!!
Check out the video from that ride.
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