Got out on the bike just after 6am this morning for a pre-work training ride as is fairly usual. A nice still Autumn morning, started out with a big moon and bright stars and ended with a nice orange sunrise in the clear sky. First bit of Autumn frost noted along a stretch grass lining some swoopy singletrack aswell.
Ride all going well and about 5 miles from home when I have to ride along a mile of A road, ride it all the time and whilst it goes from a wide 30mph zone into a narrower 50mph section I usually do a good 20mph along there so don't have any issues and ride on the white line so as close to the gutter as I feel comfortable. However today I get half way along and WHACK... my right elbow and forearm are clattered by a wing mirror and I can feel a car wing slide past my right leg at about 35mph or so, pushes me left violently but manage to keep my balance on the bike and see that the car involved pulls over about 300m in front. I ride up to the car (not able to hold the right side of the bars at this point as my arm is still completely stunned). Pull onto the verge shaking my arm like crazy trying to get some feeling back into it and out steps the driver. He's probably in his 60's and to be fair looks far worse than me - very, very apologetic and already looks like shock is setting in as he can't stop shaking! We have a discussion for about 2mins, I assure him that I'm fine bar a sore arm (no broken skin but it'll be an impressive bruise I imagine!) and on I go.
I remained calm throughout and gave it some thought on the ride back home however in the past hour the true realisation of what might have been had the car been another 8 inches further left is starting to sink in... The last thing I want to do is be overly reflective but thoughts that my wife could have had an awful phonecall to deal with this morning have spooked me somewhat. No doubt I'll be back on the bike tommorrow or Saturday but it's certainly the closest call I've ever had in 19 years of being a regular cyclist.
Apologies for the long post, clearly needed to get it out my system!