Crashing – better or worse outcomes when you're riding well?
I had one of those ‘catching a handlebar when pinning it’ moments last night, with the requisite over the bars tumble (down the trail through a selection of saplings) and bar a mildly bruised shoulder came out of it fine. That got me thinking how when I’ve had one of those ‘unlucky random factor’ or ‘pushing the limits just that bit too far when you’re in the zone’ crashes I’ve come out of them pretty well, whilst when I’ve had an “omg, I’m way out of my depth, aarghhhh” crash it’s tended to result in a far greater amount of pain/damage to my person.
Anyone else noticed a correlation?Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
Luck seems to play more part than skill in my experience. Of course, the better you get, the faster/higher you go, so the potential and kinetic energy of the situation is likely to be bigger than when you are mincing along. However, you can often bounce a long way down the trail and get up competely uninjured, other times, a little fall and crunch, it’s a horror show (says the man sitting typing this with a couple of stitches in his right elbow….. 😉Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
yep pretty much all the bad accidents I’ve had is when I’m really not trying to push the bike very hard, just happy to hang on to the bike.
I think partly its down to what Roverpig says, if you’re in the groove, pinning it down the trail, then usually you’re quite relaxed. Also confidence is quite high so I tend to perform actions like I really mean them and end up using better technique too. So when I do crash I’m usually in a stable position and the outcome isn’t so bad.
When I’m kacking my pants down a trail I can start to use bad technique and when it does go wrong chances are I’m not in a stable position and it ends in all kinds of badness.Posted 4 years ago
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