I went out this morning for a nice workout ride. all seemed well.
I have occasionally forgotten something, the cell phone, pump, tube, seat bag, you name it. Well this ride, on this morning was different. It was pretty dark when I left the house, front and back lights blazing, setting out for a double 11 mile loop around town. well about 5.5 miles in I had an itch on my head, under my helmet right between the vents where ive had an itch many times before. well this time was different. I reach my left hand up to find the hole in the helmet and wow what a great shot, right to the scalp. but wait Ive never missed the edges of the vent entirely…
Oh Crap, I FORGOT MY HELMET…
I likely didnt notice as it was warm out, and my cycling cap blocked the wind. My second thought was I could die out here. Of course half way home I had not choice but to keep riding. many thoughts went through my head, am I protected enough in this bike lane? If I flat and lose control can I fall right?
Do I slow my pace. NO. I keep riding my pace watching and being careful, in fact feeling like I used to feel back in the day. I never owned a bike helmet of any kind, until 4 years ago when I started riding again. 1970 thru 2007 I never gave it a second thought, road riding climbing, descending, at 10 crashing on a downhill about 25 miles per hour. Never thought twice about crashing much less hitting my head on something. Caution was not in my vocabulary.
Well I got the helmet to be a good example for the kids, and after 2 high speed crashes with cars, I believe in them. so I stopped at the halfway point, got my helmet and finished my ride.