I KNOW I am going to regret saying this the week before my next race, but I have not yet crashed on my bike. It's a new bike and I am still getting used to the aerobar and clipless pedals.
Reading this post from Rock Star Tri brought back all my crash anxieties.
I used to ride on a lovely isolated, tree lined back path. I'll give you a moment to visualize.
Now I ride on a farm to market road that intermittently feeds onto the highway. Visualize eighteen wheelers, farm equipment, and crazy people going twenty miles over the speed limit.
The worst thing that was going to happen o me on the trail was that I would run over a small child, or be eaten by an alligator, or perhaps get vandalized by poor spellers.
Now I could imagine all kinds of painful demises. Worse ones than alligators even.
Here are the top ways I would like NOT to crash.
1. I would definitely prefer not to crash into a car, or eighteen wheeler. (Unless the eighteen wheeler is soft, stopped and full of Oreos.)
2. I would like not to crash into another rider. (I have only seen a couple on the road and that was when I accidtally got in the middle of the race. The SAG vehicle pulled up to me to see if I was lost.)
3. No trees, or telephone poles.
4. I don't want to go over the handlebars when I am surprised by yet another set of railroad tracks.
5. Rather not fall over while swerving to miss mysterious roadkill.
Basically the only way I WANT to crash is into a nice fluffy mattress or a hill of cotton or something.
But I know an eventual crash is unavoidable.
Back, back, back in the day when I was a competitive gymnast (Don't be impressed. I didn't win anything.) we had to practice falling. We had to practice over rotating off the vault, or while tumbling. All of that. We did it by falling on purpose and practicing proper technique, butt out, arms and wrists in.
So...............should I practice bike crashing? Into a soft ditch? Bushes?
And what exactly is the proper technique? Helmet first? Butt first? Can anyone help me here?
This whole post is now irrevelevant since as soon as my mom reads it I will be grounded. I think I am still not allowed to cross the street.