The horror of being unable to fall.
Today had another fall, again in the park next to the skate park.
I’m posting it not because it was a particularly bad fall but because it involved something which is rare, but has happened several times and I was wondering if any of you are familiar with it.
It happens when the fall starts; I’m not particularly concerned as I expect to come off and land either on my feet or land on the ground strategically and be protected by my pads.
Then I realise that in a freak set of circumstances I am perfectly balanced on the uni which, in refusing to let me fall is inflicting terrible pressure in a most sensitive area.
Although it is probably over in fractions of a second it feels a lot longer, in addition to the pain there is the uncomfortable feeling of knowing that I am going to be dumped in a random and unpredictable direction.
On my way down my arm hits the seat hard and I now have a big patch of purple developing on my bicep.
I find it ironic that when riding the uni with control we are in a continual state of unbalance (i.e. going forwards we are actualy falling forwards and bringing the wheel beneath us), and the one time perfect balance is present it is most unwelcome.
As I said this has happened to me before, always with the same consequences- crushed nads, panic and an uncontrolled fall in a random direction.
Is it just me or is this a fairly well known phenomenon?