Any good tips for minimising the risk of crashing whilst riding off-road?
A couple of months ago I stacked it and broke my arm. I've still got a fair bit of physio to look forward to in order to restore the full range of movement, but I've got enough back now for basic trail riding. The problem is that the doctors reckon it will be at least 6 months before the fracture is strong enough to withstand even a small fall.
Having seen the impact that the break (and things like not being able to drive) had on those around me I really don't want to be back in the same position in a few weeks.
Obviously nothing in life is without risk, but I reckon it should be possible to keep riding but reduce the risk to a level that I consider acceptable. The strategies I've identified so far include:
1. Ride on my own. This isn't a big hardship as that's basically what I prefer anyway, but I also know that, if I ride with anybody better than me (which is pretty much everybody) then I find it impossible to resist trying to follow them down stuff that I'm not sure about. Basically, it's much easier to make myself walk a section when there is nobody watching Those sections will still be there when the arm is back to full strength.
2. Dump Strava. The detailed breakdown of segments and times with leaderboards tends to encourage me to think about time more than how well I was riding and I can always go down a section faster by taking more risks.
3. Look for different challenges and pleasures. Stop judging rides by how technical they are and try to enjoy just being out. Maybe ride some more real mountains (we've got plenty up here).