oldgit - Member
"One day you will be old and broken too."
Yep, over the decades your mates get hurt. One is still recovering over a year after coming out of a coma. Another has a leg that'll never work properly again and one in a wheelchair for the rest of his life...
I'm in the same boat.
None of my "hero" mates are capable of riding anymore.
We all used to have the attitude that instead of growing old gracefully we would skid sideways into our graves with our broken and worn out bodies.
Sadly the reality is if you wreck your body being a hero your old age starts right then - for some of my friends that was in my 30s. And over my 40s and 50s more of them joined that club.
They're not going to skid sideways into anything, just get tipped off their zimmer frames into their coffins after a long miserable life not being able to do the active stuff they love.
Stunt riding is a question of probabilities. No matter how good you are, one day you will get it wrong. Your next probability is how you land, one day that will go wrong. Developing skills is good, it reduces the probability, but doesn't take it away.
So maybe the question should be "Is it worth becoming a decrepit old man tomorrow for the sake of that jump?"
And the answer from most young people is "That will never happen to me"