Pinkbike editor Alicia Leggett was in Bellingham last September when she went down hard on the Blue Steel jump line, suffering such a severe traumatic brain injury that a priest was called to perform last rites which, thankfully, weren't needed. Check out 'I Crashed Hard - A Post-Injury Update from Alicia
' to read her own account of the accident and recovery.
Today's show sees Alicia and I chat about her crash and subsequent coma, recovering from a TBI, and looking forward.
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 175 - ALICIA LEGGETT ON HER BIG CRASH, HEAD INJURY, & RECOVERY
April 7th, 2023
A coma, a priest, a miraculous recovery, and looking forward.
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It must have been an accident.
I'm so, so glad you're improving. The journey isn't easy, but it definitely makes you look at life a whole lot differently.
It's great that you're playing music, too; it's really helpful for reconnecting neural pathways. My rehab team was thrilled to hear that I'm a former professional musician, since it meant they didn't have to arrange getting me an instrument.
Always happy to connect if you want to compare notes. Keep going, the work is worth it.
She was also the one following behind me when the accident happened and called in my evac. I owe a lot to that woman.
I'm so sorry that you've been going through a similar injury. It's no fun. (Sorry too for how long it's taken me to respond to this.)
I'm likewise glad to hear that you're healing and are playing music. Keep it up and feel free to reach out if you need to talk with someone in a similar situation.
We missed you a lot Alicia - hoping to hear you'll be back on the cast, online & on the bike soon.
We’ll get into some new stuff next week and then sea otter.
Hoping to see Alicia back contributing to PB as soon as she is ready!!
I really enjoy the ones that feature a lot of storytelling. Like the ine where RC had that police chase..so good
Also, so uplifting to hear the banter between two good friends discussing serious topics. Laughter really can be some of the best medicine.
Thanks @alicialeggett and @mikelevy
I got to know Alicia a bit on the last Trans Cascadia. She's such a nice, interesting person, with an interesting background. I think, for example, we found out that we're both classical music nerds - which was unexpected in the IPA-soaked bro'fest that is the TC. (Not that I have anything against IPA-soaked bro'fests).
She also ripped (and took 3rd in pro women with a broken wrist).
I was gutted to hear about her accident, and it's been great to get positive news about her recovery.
Alicia's response to a life-altering (and nearly life-ending) accident is just so damned positive and healthy sounding. I expect that if I missed a season due to something like a broken collar bone I'd be more pissed off than Alicia is at months of hospitalization and rehab.
I could definitely stand to learn something there.
To me, post-accident Alicia on the podcast seems even more calm and grounded than pre-accident Alicia.
I don't know how you go through something like that, and come out more calm and grounded.
Like others have said, she's also just a damn good podcast guest. I like Quinney's grumpiness and hot takes as much as the next pessimist, but we could use a little more positivity to balance things out.
"Inspirational" is such an overused term, but Alicia's recovery really is that. Thanks for sharing it with us.
What are you playing on guitar?
guitar it would be David Gilmour on a 12 string, playing Wish You Were Here.
The psychological effect of even the smallest knock during that recovery is huge, I remember being standing up under a tree and hitting my head on a branch at about 6 months, it's just devastating.
Riding my bike was an important part of my recovery. The wind on my face, positive tingles up my arms and brain feeling alive. Of course I was super careful and worked my way back to riding at full intensity with doctors guidance.
Long term it is a worry if multiple knocks will result in severe depression, cte or dementia. But, hey, just have to keep living a happy life now, and deal with the future as it comes
Honestly though, in a strange way, I think it really changed me for the better. It set me on a life course that I'm very happy with. Different path than what was expected of me at that young age. You'll have just as happy as a life with your new situation! After all, nice to live life a little chiller than what society expects
Mostly, it's great to hear of her progress and recovery so far.
Having said that... no more F1 by pinkbike podcast?
Also, when the Specialized embargo should fall.. because the rumor was yesterday and that didn't happened.. nor today, from what I can see; #where is that new, obnoxious hyper expensive, bike from Spez?, I need my daily dosage of nice things I cannot afford to ride!
edit. fortunately, my accidents had much lower implications... months of headache and unbalance but I got over them and I wish everyone who suffers such crashes to recover quickly and safely...; I wish ppl would just try to be less d.vmb.
p.s. go ahead and downvote this as well.
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