This post is rated Sprinters, Olympians and Ironman.
There are 2 types of cyclists that exist in the world today:
1) Those of us who have crashed and 2) Those who someday will crash.
Do you remember the first time you climbed on top of a bike? What happened, can you remember? Then you figured out how to pedal which propelled you forward and for the first time you were introduced to speed! As a youngster learning to ride a bike, crashing was part of the process. You picked yourself up and got back on the bike for another go at it. Eventually you developed your skill and the faster you were able to go.
That process of learning to ride a bike had a profound impact on your life whether you realize it or not. In fact, this very practice has grown legs to the point where its relevance can be applied to the pursuit of new knowledge. You know what they say about……”its as easy as learning to ride a bike.” You’ve heard it many time before.
What might not be so obviously important is the opposite of “riding the bike.” Crashing is a very important part of bike riding and can make the difference between a broken bone and a flesh wound. I am the proud owner of 2 concussions, a fractured hip, 2 broken ribs and a broken collar bone. I learn a little more with each crash but wanted to pass along these friendly tips in the event that you find yourself in this situation:
1. Do not ride to avoid crashing, this will only cause more tension in your posture. Be very aware of the possibility but do not focus on it.
2. Clip out of your pedals as soon as you possibly can. Remember, you are attached to your bike and need your legs to brace your fall.
3. Practice crashing….how crazy does this sound?! I know you’re shaking your head, but I am only speaking from experience. My broken collar bone could have easily been another concussion had I not been in that situation before.