The purpose of the following text is to show an
effective use of time transitions. Note how effective time transitions make a
letter or an essay easy to follow.
Note: This text is copied from a page from Bobby
Julich's website where he writes about the crash that took him out of the 1999
Tour de France. While this isn't a "giving instructions" essay, he does use
many time transitions that are also used in many giving instructions
essays. Most of the time transitions are marked in bold blue. (Direct links to
both this page and Bobby Julich's main page follow this text.)
July 20, 1999
Dear fans and supporters:
Sitting here in Philly
right now is the last place I thought I would be during the month of
July. It is a little hard for me to type this due to the cast on my arm, but I
really want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your kind words and
prayers. This last week has been difficult,
but when I look at the situation I feel
incredibly blessed that nothing more serious occurred in my crash. I know that
many of you don't really know what happened exactly, so I will try to clear it
up for you.
I rode the course in the
morning, and felt that it was a great TT course for me. I also
realized that the course was extremely hard in the last 20 km due to the strong
headwind. My plan was to ride the first half of the race at 90% and
then after the top of the 2nd climb, let it all
go with a maximum effort to the line. I saw that I was already 1:40 down on
Zulle and that motivated me even more to give it my all the last 25 km.
I was on the descent spinning my 55x11 as fast as I
could when I reached a sweeping right hand turn
followed by a turn to the left that caused all the problems. I
remember this turn from the ride in the morning,
but with the speed that I was going I knew that I would have to be careful.
Upon entering the 2nd (left) turn, I saw right
away that it was going to be close. My speed was carrying me towards the outside
of the turn while the road cut to the left. At the last
moment I actually thought "whatever you do, don't slide out before
that is exactly what happened when I broke too hard.
I slid on the road surface for a brief instant
before hitting the curb with my left elbow and ribs, and I cartwheeled into the
dirt on the side of the road. I came to rest on my right side and I
immediately tried to get up, but simply could
not. I could not breathe very well and was scared. I just lied there and tried
to relax as I did an inventory of my
sensations. I calmly thought to myself, "I have a broken elbow and ribs, just
relax." I was really out of it, but when the rider that
started behind me passed by, it snapped me back to reality.
I tried to get up again despite all the people
telling me not to move, but it was impossible. At that
moment, I knew my Tour was over. Suddenly
I was no longer worried about myself, but more so about the other riders that
were coming by me. I was telling all the people that were around me to get out
of the road, but who could pass up on stopping to take a picture of a Tour
contender lying by the side of the road? It seemed like forever
until the ambulance arrived and
even longer until I got to the hospital.
say the least, my stay at the hospital in Metz was a nightmare. They took x-rays
of my ribs and elbow, but only at my request. They told me that nothing serious
happened, just that I would be a little sore for a few days. The pain was
excruciating, but they seemed like they were more interested in my autograph
than my health. They kept me overnight, which had to be the longest night ever!
I did not sleep for more than 15 minutes the whole night and had plenty of time
to evaluate my situation. I left the hospital the next
morning and knew right away that
I had to get a second opinion.
to Nice I went to the hospital and gave the doctors the x-rays that they took in
Metz. Within seconds they told me that I had
a broken elbow and sent me to the radiologist to take more x-rays. I walked out
of the hospital with a cast on my arm and most likely 3-4 broken ribs. Broken
ribs are difficult to see on the x-rays until a week or so later
when the calcium forms and outlines the breaks,
so I will find out this week the exact
condition of my ribs.
The first 4 days
were torture, but now I am feeling much
better. I rigged up my turbo trainer and found a way to ride without that much
pain. I have good condition right now and
know that if I don't do anything, I will have a hard time coming back
for the end of the season. The Vuelta and
Worlds are now my goals, and if everything
goes well, I will be ready. I have to stay off the road
for at least 3 weeks to make sure that my elbow
heals correctly, which means I have to train on the turbo and
then I should be able to get back on the road.
At first I was
shattered, but I feel truly blessed that nothing more serious happened and I
realize that I have been through much tougher times than this!! Of course, I
will find a way to turn this into something positive. This is just another one
of those bumps in the road that we all have to deal with from time to time.
This year has been difficult for me in many
ways professionally, but I know that the good days will return. I will be back
at the end of the season, or at the latest,
next season, with many well learned lessons.
You have to take the positive out of all situations and learn from your
disappointments as well as your success.
Thanks again for your support,
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