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Old 07-09-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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We made a few mistakes that day

1. Staying out past noon on the hottest day of the year
2. Ignoring mechanical issues
3. Not bringing adequate water/electrolytes supply
4. Trying out a mysterious new single track trail after not heeding above
5. Not realizing I had pneumonia BEFORE all the above

Could have ended very very bad.
I had a great riding buddy

My day ended here, with a helicopter ride to boot.
ER said I suffered a mild heart attack



A spot teathered to my body would have really helped out
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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Holy shit! I hope you're alright to ride soon!

What kind of mechanical issues were you having?
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Wow dude, glad ya OK.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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I hope you're in full recovery mode.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:04 PM   #6
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heal fast, give us some details when you're feeling better....
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Old 07-14-2013, 11:21 PM   #7
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Really glad you're here to tell the tale, best wishes for recovery.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:01 PM   #8
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The weird thing is that I did not crash, my body just quit.
I apparently lost so much fluids wrestling and fighting to get out of this gnarly ravine that I literally used up all my physical energy.
I consider myself an experienced desert rider, been in all kinds of extreme weather and terrain. This was different.

maybe I'm just getting older but I can't expect to push so hard not being in top shape.

I broke a rib a few weeks earlier that against my wife's wishes never got looked at. I've busted ribs before, what can they do? Pretty much noting.
BUT
By not getting it looked at I developed pneumonia in my left lung.
Unbeknownst to me, I went out and pushed myself beyond what I normally do and without adequate hydration.

Recipe for heart stress....then bang everything stops.

Seemed so silly, bike was 10 feet away yet I could not even stand up.
Could not muster the strength to pick up a light bike and charge up the last hill to safety. I was not thinking straight which is even more scary.
My riding buddy was yelling at me from above that he did not have the energy to climb down and help me. So we decided he was going to go for water and possibly help.
I figured I just needed a rest but I could not catch my breath or recover in over an hour, scary. then the chest pains came and that's when I made the call.

Bad reception and my disorientation resulted in a long drawn out rescue but when I saw the helicopter I was both relieved and embarrassed. I was in bad shape.

The terrain was so rough that I had to hike out with the EMTs holding an IV bag.
That was tough.

The EMT informed me that people die that way.

I consider myself of sound judgement and reasonable skills but that day was a massive fail.

The take away?
Know your limits. Don't let enthusiasm cloud good judgement.
Listen to your body, and have good riding buddies.

In the end, my buddy after he recovered just picked up my bike and flew up the hill like nothing.

BTW, I got the whole thing on video.
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