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My bike & I in Montreal, Canada - Picture courtesy of Michael T. Henry Photography

I rode my motorcycle today for the first time in about a year and a half.  I think the reason I haven’t ridden is because I am a algophobiac.

Algophobiac

Algophobia is the fear of extreme pain.  I’m also a trypanophiobiac, but that’s another blog all by itself….  Anyway, last year when I took my bike out for the first time, I dumped it.  Not badly, but enough that when I felt it start to fall, I thought I could hold it up.  HUGE mistake because I pulled all the muscles in my shoulders.  So because of this, I was a bit reluctant to get back on my bike this season.  But today, I did it!!
I didn’t ride it far, but I accomplished one of my biggest problem areas on the bike.  Turning from a stop has been the most difficult thing for me on my bike.  The reason is because my bike is VERY top-heavy and the center of gravity is very high.  I rode around a neighborhood development for about half and hour, around and around, stopping and going…  The landscapers and roofers probably thought I was nuts!  All in all it was a good ride because I didn’t drop the bike, and I am slowly starting to feel confident again.  I think figuring out that my front brake is VERY touchy is part of the culprit to my fear.  As soon as I touch it, it brakes and wants to pull the wheel to the side, which will tip the bike….  Now that I am aware of the problem, hopefully this will help me to be more confident in my riding.  Hopefully I can keep my algophobic fears at bay!!

What are you afraid of?  What phobias do you have?

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