What is your IPM ratio?
What is your Injury per Mile ratio, or how many bike related injuries have you sustained verses how many miles have you ridden?
My cycling friends think that Iím too analytical and shouldnít ask such questions. They tell me to quit thinking and just ride. It could be that Iím over analytical but I really think my question at least deserves some thought.
I got back into cycling nearly 3 years ago. From one standpoint it has been one of the healthiest things Iíve ever done. I am getting more exercise than I ever have. I feel better, sleep better, am less of a grouch, have fewer headaches, eat better, am considerably less stressed out, etc. etc. etc. Iím hooked! When I see people cycling who are in their 60ís, 70ís, and 80ís it gives me confidence that Iím doing the right thing and gives me hope that I too can be cycling when Iím there age (Iím in my early 40ís). But then I think about some of the injuries Iíve received and have to wonder if I keep going at the rate that I am if Iíll even be able to cycle in the next few years.
As I write this Iím off my bike recovering from a separated shoulder. I got it while mountain biking. As a matter of fact all of my cycling related injuries have been from mountain biking. A year ago while riding my mountain bike I seriously injured my knee and as a consequence I now continue to have some troubles with it as well. Prior to that I had lost count of the sprains, bruises, and lacerations I received while on my mountain bike.
While Iíve been mountain biking for nearly 3 years Iíve only owned a road bike for just over a year now. In the nearly 4500 miles Iíve ridden the road bike the worst injury Iíve received was mild sunburn when I forgot to put on sun block one day. When I think about wanting to be able to happily ride my bike into my 80ís itís obvious to me that itís not going to happen on my mountain bike.
At the risk of jinxing myself (knock on wood and all those other superstitious things) Iíd say that so far my IPM on the road bike is not too bad and if it stays that way I can see myself cycling into old age. On the other hand Iím way too embarrassed to admit what my IPM is for the mountain bike. When I think about it I realize that I need to make some changes in the way I ride. I either need to slow way down, work on my skills, get a better rabbitís foot or maybe even stay off the mountain bike all together. I'm actually thinking about the latter!
Am I being too analytical or do I need to just get back on the proverbial horse and ride? Anybody have any constructive advice? Anybody have any similar experiences?