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    Curse of the Last Run?

    For some reason, it's happened to me the last three consecutive trips to N*. This last one yesterday was exceptionally odd, because I even swore I'd take it easy after having a clean day.

    It was 4:30PM... me and my buddy knew he had one good run up Boondocks. So we head up, and the agreement was that it was a cool-down run. At the boulder drop section, I stayed left instead of center and landed on the junk on the left side, right on top of a log. Thank God I was fully armored or I wasn't riding down that trail. Just crushed my pinkie finger and some scratches, but nothing broken. I hiked up and rode down the drop again because my season wasn't going to end like that. Crashed one more time on the rocky section so I throttled down after that.

    Anyway, I understand why the likelihood of eating it increases by the end of the day. I'm just curious to see if a lot of you guys actually do end up crashing or having the most severe crashes on your last run.

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    nah brah. I go MAD HORD 24/7 and gets it in without a pollum

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    That's why I always say... "just one another run and I go home"
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    Had my last trip up there yesterday and mellowed it out a bit. There were 3 things that I had not cleared this year but decided the last day of the season wasn't a good time to try.

    Plus I usually ride solo so there is no one to say "let's do one more"..
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    I called "last run" One time at MT. Creek last year. I ended with a broken collar bone and a concussion. I have not called last run a single time since then. What we normally do is just stop at some point once we all feel like we got a good amount of riding in.

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    2 more runs rule when calling it end of the day..

    last run curse is real

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    I'm not the superstitious type, but I'm starting to wonder.

    It was a great day regardless... no ER trips, went down all the good ish and even got a taste of the new Gypsy run. I'm gonna miss you, N*. =~(

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    It's really real!

    It's the end of the day, you're tired, you're probably hungry, you're probably thinking about something else than the line down the trail.

    It used to be a rule at my Uni club that the older guys decided when it was the last run, not when it will be the last run. Since they had the cars nobody could ever argue.

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    We always say "Two more and skip the last!". Nobody ever says "Last run"

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    At the end of the day you're a little tired, riding faster each run so by the end of the day you're pushing it a little too far. Happened to me three weeks ago, last run down slayer at mountaincreek. Over the bars in the big rocks, landed upside down on my head up against a tree, googles knocked off my face, cracked helmet. Nothing broken but it's taken three weeks for my back and neck to recover, but I'm ready to get in the last weekends at mtcreek and plattekill before the season ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    At the end of the day you're a little tired, riding faster each run so by the end of the day you're pushing it a little too far.
    I call it the crack head philosophy. Lets load up one last big hit; either to end up in the ER or at the ATM, which ever way you look at it your chasing that high and you don't want it to end.
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    The only real bad luck is superstition itself.
    Bad luck only happens to those who believe in superstitions.
    Everyone else only has to deal with "cause and effect" of their actions.

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    I've had it happen while snowboarding - but not biking. Not yet, anyway. Everyone I DH bike with also skis so we all know not to take "the last run". I was close the last time I went out. I was on my last run and about 1/3 of the way through I realized how tired I was so I just nursed it down.
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    Any medic at Whistler can tell you that their services are in high demand near the end of the day.

    It's pure fatigue.

    When you think to yourself that you have enough energy for one or two more runs, you should know better - that now is the time to take off your pads, kick your feet up, and call it a day.

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    Ended my season early with a separated AC and 3 fractures to my scapula . So , next time you feel tired or its your " last run " i advise take a fire road down lol . I was fatigued , lost focus , and just rode sloppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by recitio View Post
    Any medic at Whistler can tell you that their services are in high demand near the end of the day.

    It's pure fatigue.

    When you think to yourself that you have enough energy for one or two more runs, you should know better - that now is the time to take off your pads, kick your feet up, and call it a day.
    Exactly. That, and it's a self-fulfilling-prophecy sort of thing. If you break your bones on a run, it was likely the last run. Every run that ends with a severe crash is the last run.
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    last run means fatigue.....do it and go....but usually tired means mistakes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    It's really real!

    It used to be a rule at my Uni club that the older guys decided when it was the last run, not when it will be the last run. Since they had the cars nobody could ever argue.
    That may be a problem. I happen to be the oldest (@44), newest (one year of DH) and least fit guy and I'm the one who initiated the run.

    I get the cause and effect thing... I really do. Thing is I only get to do this once a month during the season, so I guess despite the fact that I was tired, cramping, hungry, etc... I rolled the dice hoping to get a clean run. Well, as usual, the house won. But not by much.

    I do get it, though. I'll have to either pick up my N* fitness for next year OR just stop earlier.

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    Sitting now with my right hand in cast - fifth metacarpal fracture, though it looks non-displaced on X-Ray and hopefully qualifies for "just a pinkie".
    Last run of the last day of the Trestle season, mellow trail, unexplainable crash. I self-evacuated by service road - but yeah, the curse is real

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    Yep, it is real, that's why you call out "second to last". Never claim, "last run", or you'll end up in Truckee ER...
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    Pretty amazing how true this is. I was in the Mammoth ER once and people flooded in right around the mountain closed like clockwork.

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    I never call it, but if someone does I always say "you mean another run, not 'last run' right?"
    I've had a few bad last runs before, not looking to have any more.
    Silly superstition but.... It's one of the few.
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    Have you considered that when you said you were going to "take it easy" you lost your focus because you thought you were going to take it easy? I think that when Dhing you have to be "on" at all times and if you are not, bad things can happen. i personally think mental lapses are far more dangerous than being tired but both can be dangerous.

    We never call last run either, we just decide to be done at some point..

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    Last rides are usually cursed. My last last ride of the I broke my leg!

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    I also like to decide the last run was not is - for both dirt and snow.

    Last day at Stevens (this Sunday) I flatted inexplicably right at the bottom 50 yards from the loading station. I had the spare and tools, but decided that this is a sign for me to call it a day.

    Could have enjoyed another run or two but I had had a good day and didn't want to push my luck.

    I have also suffered injuries on the 1st and 2nd runs though

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    Not only do not not say "last run" I don't even think it. I have been hit with the curse in snowboarding and mountain biking.
    I understand people are more fatigued at the end of the day etc.. I also think saying it or thinking it, clicks a mental switch and turns me off. Not thinking it I feel stops me switching off. Maybe its a bit extreme but its working for me so far.

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    The key is to recognize signs when you are starting to fatigue and call it a day, so you can ride again tomorrow.
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    Seems to happen all the time. Thats why you call second to last run in stead.
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    Last run, new jersey, whats the other one? I say its my last all the time, just dont ride it like its your last run and crash because your show boating for yourself and trying to make that last run epic fun.

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