Automating a motor response, second or years?

December 30, 2016

 

OR, developing a automated response from a single experience,
OR simply, how to avoid slips on ice while ridding your bicycle

 

 


In the Winter of 2015 I biked all winter, with regular mountain bicycle.

Most people will fix their bike in spring time, I did it in -30 Celsius.  The roads were white and slippery. I never rode a bicycle on ice before.

As I left the bicycle shop, I tried to play with the steering wheel just to find myself gliding on my back ... with a car behind me, hoping they will brake in time :(
 

Having this experience of the tires flipping with zero traction after few degrees of angle ,
I had an intuition, that placing a leg and standing on the collapsing side will do the trick of not falling on the ground. 


Than, the real test arrived. I did not plan to fall, I did not even consider the possibility of falling in this particular moment, what made this maneuver a genuine response without any preparation that will give me an anticipatory pre-conceived advantage.
 

When felt that flipping motion, I AUTOMATICALLY  placed the leg and made a nice 360 degree dish, till the energy dissipated, then got on my bike and continued.
I was SO happy that I developed a skill, by only envisioning it once before, still with immense clarity !

I think that what made this possible is:
1. connecting the sensation that proceed the bicycle flipping on me, with
2. the simple action of planting the leg in the collapsing side as a Dreidel, and
3. uniting all together with a positive emotion of trust in this maneuver and its importance. 

 


3rd fall: Cycling fast, a car pops up in the junction and I stir the bike fast to the right, only to find the bike filliping to the floor.
I was not afraid, I had made a perfect dish while taking care in the process that the laptop would stay protected. Ninja time.

The temptation to "release"/collapse the supporting leg and crash into the floor with the cycle was there, but I knew better. I knew it is in my hands, or may I say, in my leg.

 

 

What is a FALL? 
When the center of a mass is no longer under your base of support, basically you are going to visit the floor.
But if you have a mindset of a safe-fall, where you can regain an equilibrium or engage super-softly with the floor, you should not fear so much ...


Safe and enjoyable training !

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