Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Fear - Cycling 101
So let me cut right to the chase. When does the fear subside?
Last night, I headed out to the Gats again for a 43k hill session with Catherine, Alicia, Doris, Marcel and Mel. All of them accomplished cyclists, moreso Doris, Mel and Marcel who pull in some major km's per week and compete regularily.
Although I bitch and complain the entire time, I really do enjoy the hard climbs. It is where I excel in fact. My tennis legs let me hunker down and power through the hill climbs better than anyone other than maybe Marcel. My problem however, is the downhills. They scare the shit out of me.
The pro packs and elite riders are whipping by me at top speeds of well over 70kph. I on the other hand am braking the entire time only reaching the mid 50's and being scared even at that pace. I am sooooo out of my comfort zone but feel like a wuss the whole time. I watch my friends scorch past me with huge smiles of enjoyment while I am paniced and look pale. lol
Does the fear of speed ever go away?
Photo by: OregonVelo (Flickr)