The conditions were dry, slippery. Drastically different from the week before. A steep short slab to 90 degree right puts you into a loose steep chute. I should have let my rear wheel slide a little into the channel at the bottom of the entrance to avoid any front wheel sliding, help point myself in the direction of the chute and allow my bike to maintain some momentum. I needed to be a little bit more aggressive, committed and timing was key. I was too passive and waited a split second too long and instead my front wheel slid first and without the momentum, it jammed up. Over I went.
Another reason why mountain biking keeps us coming back for more is that feeling of progression, of pushing ourselves to ride something we find challenging, of improving our skills, speed, style, strength.
I like to collect lines, features, skills, rides, vistas. Tick them off my bucket list, stuff them under my belt. It gives me a sense of achievement, satisfaction and stoke! Something to work towards, to look forward to.
I’ve always been a very calculated, confident rider. Especially now as time goes on and crashes hurt more. I never try anything unless I am confident that I can do it.
But I also hold very high standards for myself. Sometimes, unrealistic expectations. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been able to clean that chute in those conditions? Or is this self doubt creeping in? Or am I overthinking it? Yes, I THINK I’m overTHINKing it.
Either way, sometimes things go wrong. No matter how calculated, confident. No matter how many times you’ve ridden it before. There’s just always that risk if you like to push yourself, progress, collect. And it’s always good to reflect on the event.
Then you learn from your fall, your injury, your failure. Have a listen to what it could be telling you. Use it as knowledge, experience and fuel!
Use your recovery time to take a step back, see the bigger picture, do other things you need and enjoy…
And when you’re ready, get back out there. Turn your failure into a success because you’re smarter than you were before.