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#1 2019-09-25 2:19pm

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Losing our nerve as we get older?

I remember back around 04/06ish talking to Eddie Fiola and he told me he had lost his nerve to ride ramps other than a kick turn ramp. He said it was weird because he had no problem getting air on a dirt bike for a movie stunt but he just didn't have the nerve to do it on a 20" bmx anymore. At the time I was shocked to hear that. Especially coming from The King of The Skateparks. But here I am so many years later and I find myself in the same boat with certain flatland tricks. Just over thinking things and worrying about what happens if I should fall a certain way? I try to just ignore it and just do it but the butterflies are still there. Weird. Has anyone else felt this way?


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#2 2019-09-25 2:27pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

I can relate for sure. It started happening to me about 40. Mostly because I just didn't want to get hurt. Having 4 kids I just couldn't put myself in a position where I could not provide for my kids.
Don't get me wrong, I still ride just don't do stupid stuff like when I was a kid. Still get my share of cuts, bumps, and bruises, but no more  crazy stuff.

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#3 2019-09-25 2:28pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Young dumb and full of cum. Miss those days


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#4 2019-09-25 2:30pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

I think it's your body telling your brain it's no longer up to the task ????. 

You see it all the time. Guy who's older and outta shape try's to bench press what he used to do at 20 and gets hurt. In his mind he can still do it.

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#5 2019-09-25 2:46pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Part of getting older. Your reaction goes, healing time increases and involves much more pain. Started happening to me in my early 30s never been able to ride the same since.

Of course it affects everyone differently and depends on how many slams you took doing stupid shit that the guy with brains wouldn't try.

There are plenty of passtimes in BMX if the passion is still there smile

Best one is getting out there and showing support for younger riders. I get down to the local place any time I can.


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#6 2019-09-25 3:18pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

When we're younger, everyone would do something crazy like jumping a huge gap and you HAD to do it. The pain of crashing was more preferable than the pain of being called a pussy for not trying lol We would put a ramp and jump over a car, no transitions, just asphalt. No way I'm doing that now. Not only I'm 100 lbs heavier, but I got bills to pay. If I get injured and can't work for a month, that would be the end of my collection and BMX museum membership. lol

Also not gonna lie, seeing the crazy stuff kids pull on BMX these days, I think I'm just gonna sit back and watch the next generation wink


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#7 2019-09-25 3:31pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Yeah, I can relate to every one of these comments. I was messing around one day just doing endos and seeing how far forward I could still go and hold it. I was literally getting butterflies the further I would go. Thinking to myself what if my brake slips and I face plant lol. Worse, what if I fall over and land on my neck and I'm paralyzed? Ugh. I hate these thoughts. I remember when jumping off the roof of a garage or jumping a sketchy ramp over a deep ditch was nothing. Never gave it a second thought. Crazy how the mind is still willing but the heart and body are saying, whoa slow your role there big guy lol


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#8 2019-09-25 3:32pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

And yes, I will always ride as long as I'm able. I guess I just have to be smart and realistic now.


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#9 2019-09-25 3:34pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Yup.  I've wiped out several times in the last few years doing what I thought would be easy stuff.  Going over the bars at 40 sucks balls.


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#10 2019-09-25 3:35pm

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For me it was getting hurt twice. I had done my knee and was sort of recovering but should not have been riding. Then I did in my ankle. That killed me for years. I did make a comeback, maybe 80% but now I was gown so long and getting back with small stuff I lost my balls at speed. The jumps I hit used to be so easy, now the bigger ones, the ones where you get going fast make me think more than twice where 15 years ago I was hitting them on borrowed junk bikes just to show off. Those nagging pains now remind me I don't heal like I did, tendonitis in my elbow now from digging, and kids, and work, etc. It makes riding less fun and the thought of eating it big makes me less amped to hit that new jump.


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#11 2019-09-25 3:59pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

I call bullshit on Eddie Fiola telling you he lost his nerve on riding ramps in 04/06 because he was tearing those things up at the BMX Society show in 08,09,10,11 and on. Along with street shredding in public every Tuesday, I don't even see how you can suggest that man lost his nerve. You crazy fool.

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#12 2019-09-25 4:00pm

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Started thinking twice about time I had to pay for my insurance and show up at work on Monday.


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#13 2019-09-25 4:03pm

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The pain doesn't bother me but the recovery time is what pisses me of.  Used to heal in a day or two NOT ANYMORE mad


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#14 2019-09-25 4:09pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

A pretty bad crash in 04ish was what forced me to rethink my approach to riding. I decided to give some flatland a try. The riding i do now is technically way harder than what i was doing when i crashed, but way less risky. Changing the way I rode has lead me on a really rewarding journey.

The more im looking back and thinking about that time in my life, i would have never guessed I'd still be riding and progressing at 46 years old.

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#15 2019-09-25 4:21pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

badbill wrote:

I call bullshit on Eddie Fiola telling you he lost his nerve on riding ramps in 04/06 because he was tearing those things up at the BMX Society show in 08,09,10,11 and on. Along with street shredding in public every Tuesday, I don't even see how you can suggest that man lost his nerve. You crazy fool.

Ill call it on the " King of the Skatepark " title, everyone knows Mike D is the KOS!! big_smile


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#16 2019-09-25 4:34pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Just got mines back


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#17 2019-09-25 4:39pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

So what are the "safer" flatland tricks to do at 46?  Let's hear your thoughts on this.

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#18 2019-09-25 4:39pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

badbill wrote:

I call bullshit on Eddie Fiola telling you he lost his nerve on riding ramps in 04/06 because he was tearing those things up at the BMX Society show in 08,09,10,11 and on. Along with street shredding in public every Tuesday, I don't even see how you can suggest that man lost his nerve. You crazy fool.

You can call it whatever you want. I have no interest in making things up. I'm not 10. Maybe he got the nerve back by 09? If he did that's great! I'm just stating what he told me back then.


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#19 2019-09-25 4:40pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

ANTDOG wrote:

Just got mines back

It's funny you posted on here Ant because you were the one I was thinking of when I was starting this thread. Thinking about your thread from a few days back smile


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#20 2019-09-25 4:41pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

JUGGARNAUT wrote:

badbill wrote:

I call bullshit on Eddie Fiola telling you he lost his nerve on riding ramps in 04/06 because he was tearing those things up at the BMX Society show in 08,09,10,11 and on. Along with street shredding in public every Tuesday, I don't even see how you can suggest that man lost his nerve. You crazy fool.

Ill call it on the " King of the Skatepark " title, everyone knows Mike D is the KOS!! big_smile

Blasphemy! lol


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-"Who's the fella that owns this shit hole"
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#21 2019-09-25 4:41pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

Yes to all this. Not as flexible and sure in the hell don't heal as fast these days, plus I have a family to provide for.

Mine was more with motorcycles than bmx. I never got scared on motorcycles and until after my kids were born and a buddy went off the road in a turn about 80+, it took us awhile to find him because we got spread out on a really curvy road and didn't know where he went down. Then a few weeks later, one of my childhood friends got ran over by a truck pulling a trailer, it was the trucks fault for turning left in front of him. I was told that it basically broke every bone in his body because he was dragged under a loaded trailer for bit. After that I would just worry about what could be in a turn to cause me to wreck, never had any fear until that point.


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#22 2019-09-25 4:43pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

KRUZNYO wrote:

The pain doesn't bother me but the recovery time is what pisses me of.  Used to heal in a day or two NOT ANYMORE mad

I have to agree with this. I hate not being able to heal as fast as I did when I was a kid.


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-"Who's the fella that owns this shit hole"
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#23 2019-09-25 4:45pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

eric12 wrote:

Yes to all this. Not as flexible and sure in the hell don't heal as fast these days, plus I have a family to provide for.

Mine was more with motorcycles than bmx. I never got scared on motorcycles and until after my kids were born and a buddy went off the road in a turn about 80+, it took us awhile to find him because we got spread out on a really curvy road and didn't know where he went down. Then a few weeks later, one of my childhood friends got ran over by a truck pulling a trailer, it was the trucks fault for turning left in front of him. I was told that it basically broke every bone in his body because he was dragged under a loaded trailer for bit. After that I would just worry about what could be in a turn to cause me to wreck, never had any fear until that point.

Agreed. I've had too many friends go down over the years on motorcycles. It definitely opened my eyes when my son was born. 21yrs later I don't regret my decision.


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-"I've come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum"
-"Who's the fella that owns this shit hole"
-"As a Union Machinist that takes immense pride in his work and work ethic I want to totally motherf*ck you...but you're not a bad dude so I guess I'll just leave this instead" - Burning River
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#24 2019-09-25 4:48pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

houndog wrote:

So what are the "safer" flatland tricks to do at 46?  Let's hear your thoughts on this.

I would think it just depends on the individual? I'm sure there are alot of guys who aren't going through what I am and are still dare devils into their 50's. But I would think any of the stuff we did in the 80's would be safe compared to the rolling, brakeless  tricks they're doing today.


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-"I've come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum"
-"Who's the fella that owns this shit hole"
-"As a Union Machinist that takes immense pride in his work and work ethic I want to totally motherf*ck you...but you're not a bad dude so I guess I'll just leave this instead" - Burning River
-"pound me in the ass Hutch pink" - IPD

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#25 2019-09-25 4:50pm

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Re: Losing our nerve as we get older?

And I honestly hope this thread doesn't discourage any of you. That wasn't my intention. It's just me thinking out loud and wondering if anyone else is experiencing this? By no means will this stop me from riding.


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-"I've come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum"
-"Who's the fella that owns this shit hole"
-"As a Union Machinist that takes immense pride in his work and work ethic I want to totally motherf*ck you...but you're not a bad dude so I guess I'll just leave this instead" - Burning River
-"pound me in the ass Hutch pink" - IPD

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