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Old 02-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got sick of watching people hit a small, medium and large jump and decided to give it a go finally. The local hills never have any small small jumps, say 6-8' high with a gap of a few feet. Everything at my local hill now is something 25' high with a 4 - 5'
high ramp for takeoff and gap of about 10-30 feet to the slopey side.

I know my jargon is all off but, anyway, so here's the deal.

I skipped the 'small' and 'medium' because the ramps leading up to were torn up badly, and went right for the large. I was actually going to abort because at this point all I have ever hit was a bump in the slope going slowly and caught about 1' of air.

I realized that I was rather locked in and didn't abort, I hit the ramp going about 15 mph, went high up, about 6' then landed STRAIGHT down onto the flat part at the top, not the slope part much much further away, slammed down and everything went white. I felt I could hold it up and land it but the white light frightened me so I let me body crumble to avoid any injury. I didn't hit my head tho.

Strangely no back pain or knee pain from being straight dropped down so harshly flat boarded like a giant belly flop off a bridge, but I instantly got a headache afterwards that lasted a couple hours. Not a bad one. I also noticed I was a bit dizzy, but lately Im always dizzy because of a head cold I cant shake, plus constant ear infections.

Just wondering, did I wreck my brain? Should I have just blasted that jump and landed on the downhill side? I know it takes ALOT more speed and commitment, Im just afraid at my age (40) I would have done something stupid and landed on my head.

How do you commit to just going big? My biggest fear is that I would have hit much harder than that going faster, but after going so far up in teh air and straight down, I wonder if going harder at this jump would have yielded a more forward progression instead of straight down yielding less WHAM factor
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like you got a bit of concussion, more speed and commitment to make it to the tranny...downward slope...but first progression from little to bigger.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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go to a doctor.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Theres not much that can go wrong if you CLEAR the knuckle compared to if you don't.

Unless theres a chance of landing on your head or something, even a wipeout on the landing section of the jump is generally much less violent and more forgiving than "knuckling". Clearing the whole landing can be pretty disastrous, but if you are doing this you really should just stay away from jumps and get a clue.

That being said, at 40, skipping the progression jumps, having never done them, and going straight to the big one is fucking crazy!

Yesterday I worked on kickers for the first time this season (other than a couple random ones). I started with the first of 3, and just hiked it like 6 times, it was decently steep on both takeoff and landing but had almost zero tabletop, and so was pretty forgiving at various speeds. After I got that dialed I started to hit the second one as well, which had maybe a 6-10foot gap on it. Barely knuckled the 2nd one on the first try, which is all the impetus I needed to hit it with more speed the next time, which resulted in a good dozen solid jumps. Finally hit the 3rd, knuckled it, hit it faster on the 2nd try, and ended up with about 6 laps on all 3 at the end of the day.

Talk to and observe people who successfully clear the jump, where/when/how much do they speed check?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How do you commit to just going big? My biggest fear is that I would have hit much harder than that going faster, but after going so far up in teh air and straight down, I wonder if going harder at this jump would have yielded a more forward progression instead of straight down yielding less WHAM factor
I'm not a health expert so I'm not going to guess on what happened when you went all white but I will answer your other question.

Going big is all about confidence, practice and skill. Even though the other jumps were a bit torn up you should still learn on them if the gap is significantly smaller. You will need to be a very strong rider to make 30+ feet gaps because of the speed needed to do so.

You obviously cased on top of the jump and collapsed from the flat impact. If you make the landing chances are you'll be able to handle it much better and potentially ride away. If you're already a strong rider than all you need is practice with jumps, keep working your way up and don't give up after a couple bad crashes.

The biggest jump at the park I ride is 45 feet, to make it I basically can't speedcheck (the hill isn't very steep) and I'm going quite fast. This is intimidating and I would definitely not recommend going to a Large feature until you feel perfectly comfortable with the others. One thing to watch out for is the shape of the jump, if it's flat you'll go far, if it's lipped you'll go high.
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Im just afraid at my age (40) I would have done something stupid and landed on my head.
Maybe this crash has caused you to think you are 40 because you sound like you are 12. You are an adult, if you are that worried go see a real live doctor. But if you want an opinion of fake doctors, then I think you likely caused your brain to turn to soup and it can't flow out your ears since your eardrum is blocking it. This is causing you to be dizzy and also is responsible for your ear infections. I recommend you keep ice on your head until your soupy brain freezes and can return to original form. Take 2 days off of work and you should be good!
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^ solid advise right there
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Maybe this crash has caused you to think you are 40 because you sound like you are 12. You are an adult, if you are that worried go see a real live doctor. But if you want an opinion of fake doctors, then I think you likely caused your brain to turn to soup and it can't flow out your ears since your eardrum is blocking it. This is causing you to be dizzy and also is responsible for your ear infections. I recommend you keep ice on your head until your soupy brain freezes and can return to original form. Take 2 days off of work and you should be good!
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You should avoid another concussion any time soon because it would likely be much worse than the first one.

Second Impact Syndrome

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-impact_syndrome
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Ever hear of EASY STYLE IT?

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