``IS that bloke still alive?'' That's what passed through Derry McCormack's mind while viewing the bike he was riding when he was hit by a truck in March, 2012.
At the time of the accident he was leading a group of 12 cyclists on the West Tamar Highway.
Mr McCormack has only seen the mangled wreck twice in 18 months and admits it is ``hard viewing''.
However, he plans to buy another bike and return to the road after a holiday on the Sunshine Coast in October.
``I will be thinking about what is coming [and] how much room are they going to give me when they go past. These things will be on my mind I imagine as soon as I start riding again and that will be there for a while,'' Mr McCormack said.
He said he would ride with the Rehab Group.
``They're guys who have had some sort of problem . . . and they pick a circuit off the road, so I'll ride with them,'' he said.
Mr McCormack still undergoes regular physio for his reconstructed shattered lower leg, fractured shoulder and many injuries sustained in the accident.
He spent a week in an induced coma and two weeks in intensive care during a six-week spell at the Launceston General Hospital.
He has increased his time spent on the exercise bike to 30 minutes in preparation for riding on the road again.
``I am feeling a lot better but of course, with an accident like that, you're never the same,'' Mr McCormack said.
``It has been a challenge because after I was out, in August, I had one of my bones that didn't mend so I had to go back in and have a bone graft on my leg.
``And when you think you're on your way, mentally it is a bit of a challenge.
``I had a lot of support from my close friends and family, who were always there, but also from people who I hadn't seen for years like people from overseas and around Australia.''
Mr McCormack thanked his doctors David Edis and Robert Boyle for the amazing work they did in ``putting me back together''.
He said the hardest part of his recovery had been knowing he would never walk the same, jog or potentially play golf again.
``They [doctors] said to me `if this had been 15 years ago, we wouldn't have been able to do this', because the technology wouldn't have been there,'' Mr McCormack said.
``I walk but I don't walk the same anymore as I only have 30 per cent movement in my ankle - I'm not complaining about it but that's the way it is.''