I had a little off a few weeks back that resulted in a nice deep gash on my hip. The good folk at A&E patched me up and all went well, but it still took 3 weeks before it stopped weeping gunk enough to risk a gentle ride and I was forced to confront the fact that, as I head towards 50 injuries take noticeably longer to heal than they used to.
The question is whether I should modify my riding to allow for this. My first thought was "hell no, just MTFU and get back on the trails". But, no matter how much I may want to tough it out, the fact is that, if it's going to take increasingly longer for each injury to heal, I could end up spending more time recovering than riding. Worse than that, each crash dents my motivation to ride and each spell off the bike means a loss of hard won fitness.
I'm not about to hang up my Five Tens and retire to the tow paths (even if we had any), but I am wondering whether some changes might be in order.
I know the stock response will be a skills course, but I'm not so sure. I've been on one, it was great, but as my skills improved I just rode faster and looked for harder stuff to test myself on, which resulted in bigger crashes. I think what is really needed is a change of mindset.