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Old 08-03-06, 12:16 PM   #1
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The Fear Factor

On an earlier post today I described a catastrophic rear derailleur failure that had me running on only the front wheel for a few yards. In reflecting on the incident I realized that I had one of those experiences where the "fight or flight" biological mechanism kicked in. That is to say, it scared the daylight out of me. Upon even more reflection, I realized there are a handful of things that I run into while cycling on a pretty regular basis that do the same thing. In particular:

1. Coming upon a street drain grate with openings that are wide and parallel to my wheels.

2. Crossing a steel decked bridge.

Am I turning into a complete wimp as I age, or do others of you have things that kick in the fear factor for you?

(As a read over this post before submitting it, I realize that a good therapist could probably buy a summer home on the money spent trying to get to the bottom of this one.)
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Old 08-03-06, 12:45 PM   #2
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packs of dogs running loose at me
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+1. Also fast descents in gusty conditions.
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Packs of coeds, screaming "He's the father! Nab him!"
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My wife finding out how much money I spend on cycling.
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Not having done enough training leading up to a big event (in this case, Boston-Montreal-Boston).

Wet coarse chipseal after dislocating and breaking my shoulder cornering on a similar surface 18 months ago.
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Old 08-03-06, 01:38 PM   #9
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Packs of coeds, screaming "He's the father! Nab him!"
volcano spew-age on screen

Dig, you are a funnie guy...


downhill, offcamber blind corner, 15 ft wide roadway, full O sand and an oncoming gobber(ette) death gripping the wheel and cutting the apex. Your life (such as it is) flashing in front of your mind'seye (such as it is). Was it really your life? Was it really a life? Is there Life after death? Is there SEX in Life after death? Or are we doomed to playing harps (badly) for eternity? Did I leave the side screendoor open for the cat? Drats, if I did, will the neighbor's cat come in and pee on my carpet?

FEAR...
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Old 08-03-06, 01:52 PM   #10
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Fast downhill offroad- can see the rock in front and I know I am not going to miss it and the Snakebite that is going to follow. Front wheel punctures at speed are a hazard and I should be used to them But I still don't like hitting the ground at Speed.
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Old 08-03-06, 01:57 PM   #11
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Dog chase and ditto Steel deck draw bridges. Rode over one while at the beach. I thought it was spooky on a motorcycle, It really got me on my bike. I'll walk it across next time.
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Old 08-03-06, 02:09 PM   #12
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Funny that you mention this topic today. Yesterday I was doing a pretty fast descent on a very steep hill that I had not been on before, when just down the road I see a cattle guard. That got the adrenaline going (but I didn't crash).
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downhill, offcamber blind corner, 15 ft wide roadway, full O sand and an oncoming gobber(ette) death gripping the wheel and cutting the apex. Your life (such as it is) flashing in front of your mind'seye (such as it is). Was it really your life? Was it really a life? Is there Life after death? Is there SEX in Life after death? Or are we doomed to playing harps (badly) for eternity? Did I leave the side screendoor open for the cat? Drats, if I did, will the neighbor's cat come in and pee on my carpet?

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You are only allowed so many "successful" crashes in one lifetime.

It's just that none of us knows how many that is!
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A squirrel who can't decide whether to cross my path or run the other away..............and he is now only 3 feet in front of me.
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cracks filled with tar running parallel to the road. Every time I get in one I get the feeling that I am going down.
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Women on side steets doing a rolling stop with a cellphone in the had and squirrels. much more dangerous than dogs!
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Sticks getting caught in and locking up front wheel.

Deer 10 ft. away not knowing which way to run!
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* I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
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Old 08-03-06, 07:26 PM   #21
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kinda long mantra for when da' sh*t is about to hit da' fan, ain't it?
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Old 08-03-06, 08:17 PM   #22
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Squirrels on cellphones.
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This one got my heart pumping on Tuesday: a BIG Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake sunbathing on my side of the pavement. Most snakes around here slither off when they see you coming, but not this one. The cottonmouths don't either, and those suckers are really mean! I'd hate to get either one in my fronts spokes and launched up at me.
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A squirrel who can't decide whether to cross my path or run the other away..............and he is now only 3 feet in front of me.
If you look closely they always have a sneer on their little faces.....
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