This morning I found a video from dirt rag that I found interesting. It is of a downhill rider coming up on another cyclist that has crashed. I smiled when they splinted him with an innertube. This is something I have heard of before but never seen someone actually do.
I had two thoughts after watching this. First, although this is a decent way to treat the injury. It justifies why due to being a boy scout and an EMT I am always overpacked. I have first aid kits of varying sizes in every vehicle, bag, room, etc. I eve have a c-collar and stethoscope in my truck, just in case. An accident like this when I am with you will probably lead to me pulling out a sam splint and a padded sling. I may even call for air support since I have training in this. After that I will sweep the area for secondary IED's, not that this is necessary since we were mountain biking but it is a perishable skill and I need practice.
My second thought was as much as I use running, road cycling, swimming, and lifting to get in a better shape, my true loves are still mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, SCUBA, and kicking people in the chest (see here). Now with the awesomeness of those trails on my mind I need to plan a trip to go ride some downhill trails. Hopefully I will get to dive this weekend and that will cover my adrenaline fix for a while.