20 April 2010

one year on...

I have been thinking of the best way to bring about this post and in that thought process sided with the new arrival of Yuta, the day got passed me.
One year ago (yesterday) I found myself in a very euphoric state of Oh Sh*t, don't panic, what is he going to do, I have no where to go and I am, am I, going to be OK? Other things running in past the view screens were of course what happen..ed, where is my wife, did I really land on my head, I'm allergic to penicillin, James I think I broke my arm...my wifes phone number is....I think I landed on my head...I'm allergic to penicillin...did I already say that...I know my wife's phone number...zero ahhh zero...I'm allergic to penicillin....ahh zero...my ass is on fire...

As if in time with the rest of the world in a cosmic time space continuum crashes were happening all around. I too of course was not to escape the cosmic tractor beam and the rest is history. Some interesting facts about the ordeal, "breaking" your neck isn't all that bad as I found that while wearing the neck brace for 6+ months really helps out when long night at the bar is a foot. Also, while very cautious as we all have experienced in our own way, the Japanese medical system is VERY good. I was really impressed by it all AND VeRy thankful that I had my Japanese wife and her family on my side. While a many hours were spent at home watching five or more movies a day, my great prolific team mates kept my spirits up by detailing the wonderful rides that ended that summer, obviously not written with neck brace man in mind none the less wonderful reads. Lastly the over all reaction of those around me during the recovery. Many wonderful people gave and displayed their support while others well, didn't...such is life. It's a bit unfortunate although a reality that times like these and incidents that happen, tend to make one reflect. In a perfect world one wouldn't need a traumatic event like this but then again...

Over this last year there have been many recoveries, new beginnings, life a new and moves on the horizon. Change is good and life must go on, and on it goes. Some may know others may have heard, we will be relocating to place where reflection is closer to a daily process tied in with fruity beverages, white sands, Polynesian spirit and cool breezes that softly whisper to the olfactory senses...Hawaii

One could say a bucket list should follow such an event, I say I've got my list although it requires a lot more heart (beats) and a lot less thought...

Oahu cycling info:

5 hardest

1. Wilhemina Rise

13.6% average percent gradient

2. Halekoa Drive

11.52% average percent gradient

3. Peacock Flats

10.17% average percent gradient

4. Kamehame Drive

9.11% average percent gradient

5. Paula Drive

8.86 %average percent gradient

extended list here

I think it was Dominic asked about the calculation of gradient...86% WT*

Surely I'll get from Boardy to Merckx at some stage...

See you in Hawaii!


mob said...


Sorry to hear that you are leaving Tokyo as well, however I wish you all the best for your new life in Hawaii. It doesn't happen to often that one moves permanently to a place where one has spend the honeymoon only two years before, so that must surely be a good thing.

Also sorry that I could not provide perhaps the support you required when you had your accident. But please keep up the relationship with the PE team and I hope that we can add some nice photos in the future on the blog showing the Positivo world domination extending to Hawaii.

lovensprockets said...

Very happy to be relocating there without a doubt...

You are a prolific writer...not one of those other people...and again, such is life. Things happen to people and some take notice, some are too busy and some couldn't be bothered. Mainly I was referring to my job. Many thanks for all you have done and the efforts you have put in for the team. I hope to carry the flag to a new location and era in PE history

David L. said...


I wish you the best of luck in Hawaii. Some of those climbs look steep ... but none more than a "Boardman" on the Badger scale. I suspect there are some long climbs in the big island would be at least a Roche or a Kelly.

We will look forward to your reports.


P.S. I will remember -- no penicillin. And if anyone should happen to be riding with me when I need medical assistance, my blood is rH factor negative -- extremely rare in Japan. They are supposed to check, of course, but most of the blood supplies here would/could kill me, if they don't check.