After watching the chaos of two crashes on the first day of the Tour de France. dievca has complete empathy with anyone who has road rash. Between the gauze dressings, ointments, sensitivity to the sun – its can be hard to dress with Road Rash.
In the heat of the NYC Summer, dievca normally wears dresses. The loss of skin on her shin makes that an awkward dressing option. she did find an elegant and comfortable option. Plus, it will work for today’s 2021 NYC PRIDE PARADE!
- Club Monaco Jarinda Navy Blue Linen Split Neck Top $98
- Suzie Kondi Organic Cotton Terry Navy Wide-Leg Pants $225
- Tory Burch 70’s Navy Suede Flip Flops $98
- Michael Kors Pride 2021 Mask $28.50
dievca added the MACHETE Chain Collar and Anklet
“Be careful biking home dievca.”
I will, Master. I am not in any hurry.
dievca was cruising along nicely until here:
She slowed down and stood up to go over a set of metal plates after the Intrepid Museum and Circle Line section, but she didn’t see the 5″ pothole until too late…thunk~
Flipping up and over the handle bars –
Years of falling in sports saved her head, collarbone and hands/wrists. She flipped horizontally right and her knee/shin took the momentum, femur the impact, followed by the elbow then forearm. A gentleman walking his dog checked on her, immediately – a family (tourists) stared at her in horror. dievca picked herself up, checked her appendages, moved to the side, checked her bike and rode home bleeding.
Can she tell you that everyone is correct?
Road rash is a b*tch to clean and it really hurts. Plus, you may end up bleeding on your sheets at night unless you cover your wounds.
- Wash your hands. If you are caring for your own wound or another person’s wound, you should always wash your hands first. …
- Wash the injury. You should then wash the abrasion. …
- Remove debris. …
- Apply antibiotic ointment. …
- Cover the road rash. …
- Keep the bandage fresh. …
- Check for infection.
dievca washed her Road Rash with soapy water, then hosed it down with Bactine. she added a thin layer of Neosporin ointment. Arnica Gel on places where she thought bruises might blossom – adrenaline hid the hip/hamstring pain. Two Aleve pills for the evening then a thorough icing of the thigh/a** in the morning. More wound cleaning and care — things seem to be moving along nicely.
Master will check it out on Monday~ so much for trying to be careful.
Sometimes Life will bite you in the a**.
Have you gained anything positive from the Quarantine?
We know the bad news:
People have died. People have been very ill, lost jobs, been furloughed.
Businesses closed, economies collapsing.
Has anything positive happened?
CO2 emissions dropped.
Wildlife came back to heavily used and populated spaces. One can hear the birds chirping at 4:30 am in NYC.
Some businesses which were on the verge of collapse received a reprieve with Federal Aid or were able to file for bankruptcy in a less messy manner.
In NYC, Animal Shelters had most of their animals adopted.
Some Family and Friends grew closer than they ever expected.
dievca’s body has been healing.
Yes, there are age issues and lurking injuries that won’t disappear, but their impact has lessened – immensely.
dievca has been able to assess, have the time to fix and strengthen her body.
The time in quarantine has been a godsend to dievca and she feels a bit guilty about it. Catholic guilt.
Well – with dievca’s healing – she’s dusted off her road bike and has started cycling Central Park with Master.
dievca’s bike was in storage, but the other ‘bits and bobs’ had to be bought
(click photos for brands):
If you want to know why dievca bought certain items – just ask.
dievca is talented on her bike, but Fausto Coppi will always have her beat!
Considering he was an amazing Italian Cyclist who loved his espresso…
dievca spills a good amount of coffee on her rides when she’s not using her travel mugs.
This good looking Huffy Surfside Cruiser in a parking lot offered a solution.
Fun Bike, right? $150.00 on Wal-Mart….but its the cup holder that captured dievca’s attention. Something she needs for her bike.
It’s not elegant, it’s not “pretty” – but for a dievca with back issues and someone who bikes to work — it’s a necessity.
Have you ever biked with a Tote Bag on your shoulder? Brutal.
That said, dievca tries to mix it up with styles and colors. Some of her backpacks are selected for rainy days, some are just practical “go to” bags and some are the closest thing to elegant you can get in a backpack.
Yes, dievca has a lot of backpacks… but she sold or gave away many of her crossbody, shoulder bags and totes — she kept only the excellent basics and/or heartfelt memory bags. dievca did keep a number of evening bags / small bags that fit into her backpacks and will finish an outfit properly.
dievca’s backpacks in current rotation:
Note: a couple of backpacks dievca has shown in the past have bitten the dust – fallen apart, faded or got stained so badly…. she really uses this type of bag…something useful!
The only backpack dievca is lusting over at the moment is from the French brand Jack Gomme:
(she blew her $ on that Issey Miyake Bao Bao black backpack…totally worth it.)
dievca may be looking at moving uptown (closer to Master). That means her bike commute would be extended. Less biking on main thoroughfares, more biking on pathways. Not a big deal in the Summer – lots of light. It does make a difference in the Winter, especially when dievca has to do an early morning ride.
dievca spotted this helmet at MoMa:
But what is the price of safety?
A dream on Kickstarter in 2015
Be safe and visible on the road with the world’s first smart bicycle helmet that integrates lights, brakes and turn signals. When you slow down, the helmet’s rear lights automatically turn red. The turn lights are activated by a small handlebar remote that’s easy to remove, water-resistant and lasts for months before requiring a charge of battery. Each helmet battery charge lasts over three hours of use. Includes rechargeable batteries for both helmet and remote, and magnetic charging USB cable. PU foam, polycarbonate, and ABS. Water-resistant. One adult size, adjustable. For ages 12+
The Tour de France is on!
And you might be motivated to get on the road or take part in your local spin class.
This t-shirt might get you going!
dievca picked up the fun biking/workout piece from the brand, Rapha, in London. The color of her t-shirt is the same as above with short sleeves. Below are the colors offered on the website, now.
Rapha has an offer:
If you have purchased a jersey this year and lost weight through riding, Rapha would like to offer you a 50% discount on your new size jersey.
Something motivating for your efforts in cycling!
Rapha downsize offer and interview with Ethan Souplee about learning to cycle and losing weight.
New Jersey Transit is currently a mess.
New Jersey Drivers are dangerous.
Because New Jersey Transit is a mess, there are more people from New Jersey driving in NYC.
As a biker…this affects dievca, directly.
One morning, dievca almost got hit by a NJ driver who had stepped on the gas through a changing light…and tried to swipe her instead of going into the other lane. Then proceeded to yell out his window that what dievca was doing was illegal (mind you the cops directing traffic see dievca riding her bike to work multiple times a day and know that she is hyper-aware – plus she follows the rules of the road, treating her bike as a vehicle).
dievca, in her stupidity, pedaled hard next to his car and yelled back through his window,
“If you cannot afford to live in the City, don’t drive in the City”.
she has been dying to say that to one of the idiotic NJ drivers for a long time.
His reply was lost at the West Side Highway crossing…
All smug, dievca moved on to the Hudson River Pathway….
and managed to swallow a bug.
A fitting ending for an ignoramus.
(Really, arguing with a NJ driver – who won’t get it and is stuck driving into the City because the NJ Transit is a mess and dievca setting herself up to do something stupid or get killed is not the smartest thing she has done in her Life….the bug proved that. But honest to goodness, it felt good to say that snarky comment for 5 seconds at 5:30 am before she ate the bug.)
PS. A little extra protein in Life never hurts.