I sort of surprised myself today with my decidedly non-reaction to a very close pass by a big BMW X6 moving at high velocity.
My mind said "WTF!" but my body did NOTHING. No flinch, no tensing of muscles, no adrenaline rush...nothing.
I've been riding in the road for decades; I got hit and had a compound leg fracture when I was 15, but that didn't stop me except for that year of recovery. Every year for the past 27 years since then, I've ridden the road.
So was the non-response an inevitable effect of traffic conditioning for so long? Have I become indifferent to danger? Is this a warning sign to get my head back in the game and pay real attention to real dangers?
One of my parents' neighbors, whom I knew as a kid, recently got aced by truck, and I tell you, I don't want to go out like that myself, but i wonder, would being more afraid make me ride safer?