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.)