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Very sore; Regret stings more than any physical injury.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 by  
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September
14
2011

I took last week off from weight training and, as is always the case when I return to the iron after a week off, the soreness is extra special. My legs were on fire all day yesterday, and this morning they are even worse. Despite this, I’m really in the mood to ride. I still haven’t decided if I’m going to try to get some trail time in or not. If I do go ride this morning I’ll be postponing my chest/triceps/delts workout until tomorrow. As sore as my legs are, the smart thing would be to go ahead with my planned weight training workout today and ride tomorrow. We’ll see.

Kirt Voreis preparing for his next flight.

Kirt Voreis preparing for his next flight.

So Lisa is concerned. She knows I’m going to be learning some potentially dangerous stuff on my bike, and she seems to like me best when I’m in one piece. She has reminded me that I’m no longer twenty about a dozen times this week. Of course I wish I’d learned these kinds of things when I was a kid, but that’s not the reality of the situation. My mom was, shall we say, a tad bit overprotective when I was a child (my dad died when I was around 12). I wasn’t allowed to ride a motorcycle, a mini-bike or a go-cart; I couldn’t play football or ride BMX.

Most of you are familiar with this quote, and I absolutely subscribe to it: “I refuse to tip-toe through life only to arrive safely at death”.

While I certainly DO NOT want to injure myself, and I definitely WILL take all possible precautions to prevent that from happening, I’d rather die tomorrow doing something I love than to look back on my life as an old man and feel regret for not following my heart.

John Stone Fitness Comments

15 Responses to “Very sore; Regret stings more than any physical injury.”
  1. With all this talk of death and dying, reminder to get your estate plan in order if you haven’t already and be sure that you have adequate life insurance to care for Lisa.

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  2. It seems obvious to me, but perhaps I should have pointed out that the mention of death in the quote I cited is merely making an important point: life is short, live it to the fullest or you’ll probably wind up regretting it.

    I don’t have a death wish, nor do I think the things that I’ll be learning will result in death. The simple fact is that it takes many years of practice and skill building to even think about hitting the really big stuff. I am going to learn slowly, and in as a controlled environment as reasonably possible.

    All I can say is that at this point I’m interested in trying my hand at learning hucks and DJing. I may even find that the juice isn’t worth the squeeze and say, “Nah, it’s not for me.” But I’ll never know unless I try.

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    • Thats pretty much what I said to myself 5 years ago when I bought my first freeride bike. I had been riding xc/trail since the early 90’s, I raced bmx as a teenager and dabbled in motocross in my 20’s. The skills came quickly to me and I rarely crash on the big bike (actually twice in the last two years). I ride with some guys that never rode bmx or moto and they just dont get the mechanics of jumping and they hit the ground alot. If I crashed that much, I wouldnt be doing this anymore. I’m pretty cool and calculated, I know my limits, I pace off the distance of every jump before I hit it, I dont try anything over 30 ft. Take it slow, you may even consider putting your flat pedals back on as its much easier to eject if things dont go well.

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      • I’ve heard over and over that if you don’t learn these skills when you are young and resilient, that it is very difficult (and, for some, essentially impossible) to learn them later in life. I may very well be one of those poor guys who is hitting the ground a lot. If that happens, it will not be fun for me and I’ll move away from DJing.

        Luckily I love riding singletrack and XC, and so while I may never take the big air facet of mtb very far, I’ll always have a blast riding one way or another.

        Thanks for your input. 🙂

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        • No problem John. MTBing is a great sport. The roller coaster of mental challenges, physical pain (the good kind) and endorphin rush you get all in such a short period of time is like no other. I plan on riding into my 60’s if I’m able to!

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  3. Good luck with what sounds to be like an exciting ramp up to your sport. Reminds me of me and my wife’s love of snowboarding in the last few years. We love just cruising, but lately want to tackle more and more difficult stuff and be able to do jumps and pipe. And we’re in our mid 30s. I so wish I picked this sport up when I was 20 and not 30.
    Just to clarify, is this the type of thing you are talking about:
    http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Front-Range-DJing,4150/Simcik,104

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