I won't bore you with the details, but while cross-training for the Outer Banks Marathon today on my bicycle, I experienced some dramatic equipment failure. The end result is I went flying with no time to react and hit my head hard on the asphalt pavement. As I type this, I have a mild concussion, a sore body and a headache. I'm okay, but my helmet is history. Take a look ... click upon the image to view at full size. You'll understand why a helmet is important. The crack goes all the way through the helmet.