WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It's been nine months since Tim Wissbroecker was hit by a car and left for dead. He says he won't let what happened stop him from getting back on the road.
Wissbroecker travels the very same route that nearly killed him.
"I went by where I got hit," Wissbroecker says. "I don't know exactly where I was hit, I just know there is this mile stretch. That entire bike ride I was fine except for that mile. A car did drive by and I did tense up for a bit."
But those tense moments are now few and far between. He's strong once again from the crash that hospitalized him for eleven days with multiple broken bones, internal injuries and a massive concussion.
He says, "I remember very little from that morning before the accident. I did swim that morning before the bike ride. So, I remember my swim. I remember bits and pieces of my bike ride before I got hit. My first memory, from what I can really remember is when I was at the rehab facility."
Wissbroecker spent twenty-eight days in that rehab facility. Just four months after the crash he took his first run. Now, he's nearly back to where he was in his training.
"The training has definitely sped up the recovery process for me, Wissbroecker adds. "Even before the accident last year, I wanted to sign up for the Wisconsin Iron Man. Now, I just have more of a challenge to overcome. I have to get better."
In just a few weeks Wissbroecker will run his first race; a half marathon in Eagle River. He has several more races planned for this summer as well as the half Iron Man he was training for.
"I don't want incidents like this in my life to lead me toward that fear factor or not living my life."
Joseph Thomas as sentenced to five years behind bars for the hit and run. Wissbroecker say he isn't angry at Thomas for hitting him, only that he left the scene. He actually commends Thomas for the steps he's taken since being jailed to change his life.