So I've been riding a long time, albeit with far less mileage than I would like. Let's call it only around 20,000km over the last 10 years or so. I'm pretty fit, with plenty of running and swimming between rides, which are curtailed by fear of bike jacking and lack of time to get in any decent riding (I have kids who are worthy of more time than my bike).
So, coming down a relatively inert slope at an event in August last year, I ran out of talent and saw my ass. This is the type of hill that I descend without thinking and have done for many years. This time, however, I managed to dig my front wheel in and go over the bars. The result was that I broke my nose, cut my face up, loads of roasties, top to tail, and managed to fracture the T6 vertebra in my spine. Whilst I was lucky to have escaped with the result I did.
Whilst the neurosurgeon has told me that I am to expect a 12-18 month total recovery, with the green light given only to swim on 11th January, I'm keen to hit the bike again. I am aware that my age (46), and my injury preclude me from behaving like I used to, but I'd like to get to the point where I am comfortable on the cross country trails again, after all, this is where I enjoyed my MTB the most. I'm a little nervous to get on a bike again, but also cannot wait. Anyone here had an accident that left them unsure of their future on two wheels that got over it, and how?
The will is there, the understanding of the need to take it easy is definitely there. What I'm looking for is an idea of how you got over the fear of permanent damage in order to enjoy the thrill of riding your bike again! I'm not keen for the black stuff, I've never been a serious downhill racer, but I'm so eager to inject just a little bit of adrenaline into my life again, without the fear of course...