hello. i just wanted to vent about being hit about 3 weeks ago in westgarth. i was waiting at the railway crossing in westgarth about 5ish when a woman in a red sporty car run up the back of me, witnesses reckon she was doing 50 or 60 kays at impact. i can remember doing a last second head check to make sure the car was slowing down, and then realising that the car was about 2 metres behind me moving at speed. oh farrrrkkk. i was thrown back onto her car, and then from there catapulted down the road.(i knew this wasnt the end, as i had no flashbacks, but i did have the sensation that humans are not meant to fly!). i stood up right away, and inbetween a million f and c words was screaming that my back really hurt, and as i was standing there a train come through the railway crossing, narrowly missing me, as i was still completely oblivious to where i was. double farrrrk! anyway, a hurried phonecall to my girlfriend something like :'dont freak out, but i've just been hit by a car and i have to goto hospital'. i didn't leave hospital til the next day, until the doctors had xrayed all my head and spine, ct scanned all my organs, taken blood for the tac and police blardy blah blah. (not to mention one of the nurses had a googly eye, and after she gave me some painkillers i kept remarking that i couldn't tell if she was looking me in my eye or staring at my crotch!) i've thought this scenario over so many times, and cannot come up with something else i couldve done. It was a railway crossing, barrier down, dinging bells and blinking lights etc. i was the only one waiting at the crossing. if i was in a queue of traffic i know i couldve ducked to the side had i seen her, but being at a railway crossing i'm not about to accelerate out of the wayof a car only to be munted by a train! 2 things did save my spine, and probably my life too. the 1st is good gear. i was wearing gloves, helmet and a good leather jacket,complete with all the body armour. The car hit me hard enough to split the back armour into 3 pieces, and 6 hours later i still had an imprint of the foam and back armour in my back. it cost me 200 big ones for the dainese armour. the 2nd is harder to explain. Basically when i knew i was gonna be hit i relaxed. This is only the result of a lifetime of tai chi, yoga and meditation practice. When i realised i would be hit, i just let go of the handlebars and breathed out. They say the human body can withstand alot more blunt trauma if you are relaxed as your body is more pliable and bendy. it's also the same reason why drunks who crash their car often escape unscathed, while the drunks friends who braced for the impact get severe trauma. So anyway, i'm not gonna preach about wearing gear or anything, everyone is free to make their own choices but i just wanted to share my story. the important thing to remember is, i'm still here.