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help, my next group may be my first crash(6 posts)

help, my next group may be my first crashhank
Mar 26, 2002 9:13 PM
Riding in fear is killing me. I have been riding for 2 years now and I still can't get comfortable in the pack. I have raced 6 times 4 of them crits. The idea of a crit this season has me freaked out. How do I get over this? I am getting strong enough to ride with alot of people but my lack of nads is cousing me to work too hard. Anyway do you think?
Well, if you did crash...hayaku
Mar 27, 2002 4:35 AM
It may hurt at the time, but you'll live through it and maybe you'll even have a cool story and a scar to show people.

A friend and I fell of our bikes going pretty fast, we fell on to the nastiest road surface in NZ and got taken to hospital in an Ambulence. Road rash, cuts, sore joints and a destroyed helmet, but that's all. We were laughing about it a couple of days later and from then have never been afraid of crashing.

Now that I am not so afraid of crashing, I can take a more balanced perspective of a road situation and ride the best way for that situation. Riding in fear makes you more likely to crash in a group situation... So ya gotta get over it!

I hope I haven't made your anxiety worse, my "inspirational" words didn't come out the way they sound to me. Trust your ability, ride strait, ride predictably, don't be afraid and you'll be OK.

Go for it!
re: work on your handling skillscyclopathic
Mar 27, 2002 5:50 AM
rollers, riding without hands, trackstands.. take your friend to soft/grassy area and practice bumping into each other. It helps to boost confidence good luck
Bad example - good exampleMcAndrus
Mar 27, 2002 5:59 AM
My examples are bad but I find comfort in them. I have permanent scars on my left knee from two crashes at high speed. No broken bones, just severe road rash that left scars and stories to tell when people notice.

The other one is chipped tooth. My left top front tooth was chipped in a crash and it's a great way to show civilians my commitment to the sport.

If you've been riding for two years then telling you experience helps will sound condescending. But I've learned that bumps and bruises are common results of crashes but serious injuries are rare.

By the way - Cyclopathic has much better advice.
re: helpRayBan
Mar 27, 2002 7:22 AM
don't trust the negative fearful thoughts that pop up in your head. Think about riding comfortably, stay in the moment and don't forget to breathe. Sounds like you are projecting into the future and envisioning a scarry outcome. Just show up and stay in the moment you WILL be fine :)
re: help, my next group may be my first crashrobbz27
Mar 27, 2002 8:38 AM
I'f you've been riding for two years, that's two years of experience that someone in the group doesn't have. Start small realizing things like that. No matter how nervous you are, there's always someone who's more nervous than you. Already, you're better than someone else you are competing against.

I read an awesome little line on one of these posts the other week. It went something like, "You know you are a competent cyclist when you can throw one leg over the saddle and make little circles with your feet." Just concentrate on the "little circles" and everything will come together.

And if worse comes to worse, just remember...chicks dig scars.

Crashing is part of riding/racing. Sure, it might hurt for a while, but like someone earlier said, eventually you're going to laugh about it.

Don't know if that helps, but I say just go out there and give em hell!!!

Good Luck!!