Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
OK, I'll be the Party Pooper...
Falling off is not a good thing. Some fall off 100 times without significant injury. I've fallen off once, in Jan 2009. My lower back doesn't hurt as bad nearly 5 years later, but it still aches about 50% of the time and swells up about 1/week. There are days where I finish riding in 30 minutes because it hurts to ride. And my injury was all soft tissue - no bones broken.
You might have 50 falls without any trouble. Or, the next could prevent you from riding again. Or the next one might cause you 30+ years of pain.
Falls aren't great. They are not cool (don't know if anyone still uses terms like that). Every fall should be analyzed for lessons to learn on how to NOT fall. A fall isn't the end of your world, unless it is...and at the start of any fall, you don't KNOW how it will end.
“Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke (British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797)
The same can be said of those who don't take 'history' seriously... < / grandfather lecture >
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"