This is what happens sometimes when you crash. The jump that kicked me in the face was one I had done 10 minutes prior to this crash. It’s a tight trail with a turn turn a few feet before the jump. This time my back wheel felt like it had stopped, throwing me forward on my face. That was a few years ago, and I took it like a boss last year.
I took this jump for the first time last year. I think the first time was Halloween. I landed it five times before I crashed. I think I landed it, but lost control and crashed about 10 feet later, breaking my derailleur hanger. I can’t wait to hit it this spring.
Like mountain biking, we sometimes crash in life. It can be caused by a lack of focus, mechanical issues, or because we are trying something new. It can make us a little nervous, but conquering that thing that beats us is a great feeling, even if it takes a few years.