falling off bikes is a Necessary evil do we fall off because were pushing our selfs behond our riding capacity or not fully focused, or is it down to someone else? If we talk about it does it make us think we’re going to have a “off” is it always in our heads in the back somewhere, just sitting there until we come to that rock garden we’re not fully comfortable with.
Don’t get me wrong I have been hit by cars, shot at, pushed off, punched in the face, spat at witnessed all kinds of activitys in the woods, even found a bran new tea bag in the middle of no where wasn’t even a track I was lost !! the list goes on but covering the distance I do per year you have to expect something.......My worst off was on the back yard with my kids on the bmx, jumping over bricks seeing how high we can go, (in my head when I was a kid I was a professional bmx-er 🙄) it was the just one more dad show is again that did it. I think we find most of the time it is just the one more run, just one more go. Must of landed funny I can’t remember, snapped the seat post in half. Anyway I seperated my AC joint, snapped all 3 ligaments and torn the rotor cuff in my right shoulder.
I had to pretend I was ok so not to worry the kids if nothing else, but the pain was horrendous. 3 years later no operation and having covered approximately (via strava)16000 hard miles and some of the best and hardest single track the U.K has to offer under my belt. silly ? Stupid? Or dedicated to the sport we love? Riding bikes is like a drug and I need my fix.
That accident changed my life I discovered my wife was having a affair, I moved on to another city arm still in a sling, new job....new house....new partner and baby boy. Completely change of everything in my life, but I was still riding still preforming on the bike almost in auto pilot miles ticking by day by day. Was it meant to be ? Or just a hard knock in the chops? Either way I’m in a better position now than I have ever been.
What’s your worst off ? What experiences have you had whilst out in the big wide world? If you wish to share and discuss I’d love to read.......and now I’m ready for my operation 😂
Thanks for reading, happy riding 👊🏻