Scoping out the tree that slamed Mark Weir to the ground.
Update: Feb 20 – A Letter from Mark Weir
Here is best news I have heard all week – no surgery required.
The Doc said the most worrisome thing is that I don’t fall again for at least 6 weeks. I have a fracture that goes into the spinal canal posteriorly and falling again would be really bad to say the least. He said I can anticipate 8-12 weeks of gradually decreasing pain, but no outside activity for 6-8 weeks to lessen the chance of me hitting the dirt.
I’m lucky to have such good friends that did not drop me while hiking me off the mountain, if they did, this story might not have such a happy ending.
The way we moved the tree might have been poorly thought out, thinking that manpower overcomes safety came at a price. I’m glad the price was not too heavy and I was the only one that physically felt the pain. I felt that because I have been moving and cutting trees off trails for years and years that I was smart enough to anticipate the future. I was wrong and I apologize to my friends for putting us all at risk. I ride bikes for a living, and just because I am in the trees all day does not mean I’m a professional tree removal specialist. Lesson learned never to be repeated.
Thanks you to everyone that has sent me kind words of encouragement. At times it has brought me to tears, but sometimes it’s made me laugh and that was real painful but worth it. My wife reads me the comments from people and it’s hard to hear, feeling that whatever I have done during my time with this sport could not deserve this much love and support. You all have made me want to make sure I strive to be a better person – talking about off the bike mostly.
Thanks to my good buddies that pulled my body off the hill and all the medical staff.