…you can dust it off and try again.

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Really wish I could say I was doing a nose wheelie off a drop.

This picture of me is probably my most memorable bike-related picture ever—look closely; I’m still smiling as I’m going over the handlebars.

Full disclosure: After I failed on this new-to-me drop for the second time, endo-ing in a similarly spectacular manner, I was pissed. I was so f-cking angry, I was tempted to get up and do it for a third time. (Obviously, I didn’t.)

I was mad that I failed. Mad because I know I can do it. Mad because now I’m going to have a bit of fear going into drops and I’m going to have to spend time and effort to get over it to get me back to at least where I was before. I was afraid that I would ride down a familiar trail and fear the drops and jumps I used to love so much.

But this morning, I’m not mad anymore. I’m actually feeling really pumped to start over again. Because you know what? I haven’t always loved doing drops and jumps. There was a time that I used to come to a screeching halt before them and creep down or around them. And if I could get over that fear once, I can do it again. And every time I start the process over, I’m ‘dusting off’ my fundamentals, getting more solid in my foundation skills—becoming a stronger rider—so that situations like in the above picture don’t happen again. (Or at least a lot less frequently.)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Angela says:

    Mad respect for trying again. Must admit my throats and heart was in my mouth watching it happen. But love your determination to get over it! Look forward to seeing a similar video with a different ending.


  2. Quan says:

    Falling means that at least you tried! I’ve accepted the bumps and bruises… just pushing the limits and learning in the process. Good for you!


    1. Grace Chua says:

      I know it’s a given that all bikers fall some time, but it’s always nice to hear it from another rider. Thank you for taking the time to leave some kind words, Quan!

      Liked by 1 person

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