Today was a good day. I took my kit into work with the plan of running the 3 miles home. I have done this before and then by 4pm the thought of running any further than the tube station made me have palpitations.
You’re expecting me to say I didn’t run aren’t you? Admit it. I am happy to disappoint. Not only did I run home I added 3 miles so I could get the week started with a nice 6 miler.
All was going well. It absolutely poured down on me at just after 3 miles, a fierce bitter wind as I came down the river at 4 miles, nutty pedestrians with umbrellas at 5 miles ….. but oh hell what is this as I look at my watch ….. lovely time. I look set to actually have an unofficial sub 60 10k! Traffic is shit due to a diversion. At 5 1/2 miles I’m crossing a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the traffic. I give a wave of thanks to the white van, even though he is at a standstill anyway. Almost to the other side, smiling as I am loving how this is feeling.
That is the cyclist who didn’t stop or even slow down at the pedestrian crossing as he came up from the inside of the white van. Right into my leg. He bounced off me and then the light pole. My right hand braced on the BMW that was also at a standstill just past the crossing.
The cyclist didn’t move for a few seconds. I get him up. Get his bike off to the side. Three men get out of the van to check on us both. After a good 5 minutes BMW driver gets out and starts screaming at cyclist about how he hit his car. I stepped between them and explained that it was me who braced against his car to stop myself falling. Oh no, he insisted the bike hit his shiny car.
Cyclist says “Are you sure. We can always check my helmet cam.” BMW man stuttered, got back in car, and left. I fucking loved it and so did the white van men.
Cyclist apologised profusely for, in his words, riding like a twat. Gave him my number so he could text me to say he got home ok as his elbow was not looking good (which he still hasn’t grrrrr).
Ran the last 1/2 mile home on adrenaline.
It was then I noticed I hadn’t stopped my timer during the melee.
Days completed – 28/28
Miles run today – 6.21 (1hour 6mins)
Cyclist collided with – 1
BMW drivers score – Zero!!
White van men amused – 3