At the weekend I stacked it on the first tabletop of the ride, about 30 seconds into what was gonna be a day's uplift followed by a day at Afan. But it wasn't to be, as I spent most of the day getting my shoulder put back in place, and the following day sat in the cafe while my mates rode White's. Should've warmed up better, I really wasn't focused or ready enough and caught myself out going faster than I realised behind the full-face and goggles. Hindsight is lovely.
Anyway, this has got me thinking. I do not seem to fall "well". In a rather more unfortunate hard-to-blame-myself crash in June I bust a collarbone. Previous crashes have also seen me come off reasonably well battered in one way or another. By contrast I see mates fly off at higher or lower speeds with barely a scratch, and also the pro dudes walking away from ridiculously big smashes. (OK not all the time, but still). Obviously a crash is almost always caused by a technique failure but I've done a day with Jedi (and I think will return for more) and do know a little bit about what I'm doing. It's coping with it when I mess it up that's the question, pushing the envelope a bit too far.
I have two ideas: build some more natural padding for myself in the gym; and learn to land a bit more happily either by recognising the danger earlier and bailing, or uh, something else. I don't really know if that's possible or where to start if it is! But I have to do something - I'm too old to keep winding up in hospital like this, and I have a baby almost due which ain't gonna help any. But I enjoy it too much to swap it all for something more sedate. Any help welcomed!
I suffered a reasonable amount of pisstaking after the latest crash already from my pals but if you've anything new to offer there, feel free