I HAVE TUNNEL VISION. Is it bad? I dunno. Want proof? I can't find a darn thing, even when it's close enough to kill me. Is it curable? I'm not sure I care. It took a long time hone it...
... and it's served me well, manymany times.
For example... One day, after climbing up for a couple of hours, we gathered at the top of the Trabuco trail. Preparing to shred the tight shaley single-track that skirted the super steep mountain side... I was pumped, raring to go.
12ish minutes later, after the more challenging portions, I waited for my pals.
RiderX rolled up.
All that cactus was freaking me out.
So were those giant, jagged boulders all over the place!
Yeah, I had to stop a bunch.
I wondered if we’d ridden the same trail? I wasn’t being a tool; just hadn’t seen any of it.
That's when I self-diagnosed Tunnel Vision... and I knew exactly how I got it: repeated exposure to challenging situations. The only way to ride 'em was controlling my mind, focusing solely on the ridable parts of the trail. Never even considering the dangers or threats.
It’s not always easy...
... especially as I get older and continue to ride with younger and younger cats. My vision, literal vision, isn’t as sharp. The reactions are a little slower. When my vision expands I have to recenter myself, remind myself to see only the good stuff...
... but, it's worth it, like all superpowers.
One disadvantage to riding with said confidence is rolling up on other riders, hikers, runners, strollermoms, etc...
... which is why I love this bell. I wouldn't say it's going to drown out the headphones you can hear from a mile away, but most folks hear it from a good distance and appreciate the cheerful chime.
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