I usually enjoy crashing here and there. It means I’m pushing my limit on the motorcycle, and gaining some skill.
That being said, when I crash I don’t hurt myself that badly.
That was until my faceplant which gave me a bloody nose. Something I’ve never had before. As well as a bruised palm and sore thigh. I’m used to those things, it was the nose that really hurt.
So two weekend later I get back on the motorcycle, on some rocky trails. And I was as stiff as a stiff. And when you are stiff and riding off road, the motorcycle does everything you don’t want it to do!
I tipped over several times, and didn’t get hurt badly, which helped. See, I can crash/tip and not injure my nose!
Still, my adrenaline was running, and I got tired very quickly. I compared it to a first date, when your heart is just racing from nerves. Not a good condition to ride in.
Two weeks after my first ride back on the motorcycle, it is a beautiful day, and I go out riding again with Paul.
This time we go on a not-so-tough trail with a gorgeous view. Which probably distracted me from my fear. This is why I love to ride!
There were definitely some tough spots, but not too tough. And there were some spots we skipped, just because it was tough, and the turn around was even worse. I was on a roll and didn’t want to ruin it!
One thing I do love about Montana is the nature out and about. I have no idea why butterflies seem to be attracted to motorcycles, but they are!
The best part about it all? I didn’t crash once! (The tip over from my short legs does not count!)
The moral of the story? You gotta get back on the motorcycle after your crash. It may seem scary, but don’t push yourself. Go slow if you need to (not too slow, you know that doesn’t work). Start with easier trails and work your way up again.
If you push through your fear, soon you will find your reason for riding once again.