>Safety First!

>Because yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Jen being hit by a car and a couple months after a car got hit by Ryan, I am inspired to write a post on safety.

Honestly, it was the worst time of our lives. Never in a million years did I think we would be hit by a car. You see, we’re always careful when it comes to road safety, we take the relevant precautions. But I don’t think I can say the same for everyone, especially drivers. If anything, I feel like they are getting worse. There is no need for them to drive at a fast speed like maniacs; it just puts everyone (including them) at risk.

Something needs to be done about their actions, and quick. I’ve heard that places like Torc Robotics are pushing the idea of self-driving cars forward, by creating technology and software that can help to make the roads a safer place to be, (learn here for information). Alternatively, there are technologies that can be put into vehicles that help to improve overall safety. It is called video telematics and it combines different forms of computer and vehicle technology to improve the safety and efficiency of the car. Companies like Lytx (https://www.lytx.com/en-us/resources/articles/telematics) provide this service, which will hopefully reduce the number of car accidents that are occurring every day. Now that sounds like something that would benefit people like me and Jen who use the roads for cycling and running. I wouldn’t find myself feeling hesitant about venturing out onto the roads if I knew that cars were safe. But that’s just me, and the reason why I’m writing this post.

Also because yesterday this article ran. This morning I woke up and was relieved to read this one.

Alyssa’s Safety Nuggets:
-Look both ways before you cross a street.
-Continue to look both ways as you cross the street if it’s a large intersection.
-Never trust drivers who wave you across the road.
-If you do get hit, propel yourself into a cartwheel. You will escape with only a bad head wound and a fractured foot.
-Remember, at home, at school, or even at the office first aid kits will always come in handy if you’re injured.
-If you hit a car on your bike, you’re pretty much screwed. Wear a helmet.

-In fact, wearing a helmet while running is also pretty safe.
-Just wear an everyday helmet.
-If you are going running in a remote area, bring a friend.
-Plan ahead. Bring enough food and water so that you could survive another few hours than you think you’ll be gone.
-If you do run out of food or water, do not separate from your friend! This is retarded. Search for it together.
-You should only separate from your friend if they can’t go any further because they are sick or hurt. If that’s the case, put them in the shade and have them stay put while you go get help.
-Always tell a friend where you’re going when you go running alone
-Always tell a friend when you are going on a date with a weirdo.
-Don’t take candy from strangers.
-Don’t go to workout with a large man who claims he wants to put you in a fitness calendar.
-If it feels like a trap, it is a trap.
-Don’t do anything you wouldn’t tell your mother about.
-If you are ever in trouble, just wave your arms and say “this is only a dream” then run far far away.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

0 comments on “>Safety First!”

  1. >This is your best post in a while.Of course it doesn't matter how careful I am because I am going to continue to be hit by cars.And no matter how much safety I practice I still got Chlamydia.

  2. >Hey, I wish I had read this post before Sunday. I got hit by a car, drifting through a stop sign. Luckily, she was going really slow (about my speed!) It didn't hurt. Her bumper hit my leg. It was more shocking than anything. I hit her hood with my hand (to gain her attention and to prevent going under the car), flipped her the bird and kept going.I don't think I contracted Chlamydia from this incident, but I won't know until the test results come back next week.

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