Randomly Generated reader and friend, Eric Floyd, wants me to come mountain biking with him in Whistler, BC next month. He wants me to put away my wussy carbon-fiber cross-country bike and rent a downhill "sled" with 9 inches of travel. He wants me to put on body armor, a full-face helmet, and freeride.
No, thank you.
Aside from the fact that I'm likely working every day till the end of October, if not mid-November (I truly hate this time of year, but it's when I make my money so I cope) but as a self-employed writer and what some absurdly call a "professional videogame player" (I think my balls just shrunk to the size of acorns while typing that), the lack of a financial safety-net means I can't take any unnecessary risks this time of year. It's one thing to get hurt riding cross-country or snowboarding as that would just be a freak accident, but to go big-bike riding on a downhilll course? That's just asking for trouble -- best to try it sometime in the spring (assuming the snow has melted) or early summer when I can almost afford to be laid up for a few weeks should I break something.
Besides, doesn't most of the fun come from pedaling up the hill?
But speaking of freak-accidents, here's a nice x-ray of one of the BBTC member's broken finger, suffered after a crash -- exactly the type of insiginficant injury that would impact my ability to work in a very significant way.