When it comes to tempting fate, I am consistently inconsistent. If snow is involved, I will never ever speak of blower pow to come, even if every weather forecaster on the planet is predicting it. I will never say, “It’s gonna be epic” unless I’m including the possibility it could be AN epic. Yet, 60 miles into a 100 mile ride, I’m more than willing to say, “How cool is it no one’s mechanicaled yet?” while my comrades throw water bottles and pumps before the dangerous words can escape my lips.
I tempt fate a lot, too, at least when it comes to mountain biking. I haven’t carried a pump in months (and haven’t needed it, either), but that’s another poll.
There may be no more superstitious group of athletes than those who play team sports, but outdoor geeks aren’t too far behind. We have our Ullr sacrifices and we pray for surf. We carry mojos and wear St. Bernard medals. But mostly, I think, we abide by the rule that talking about it — conditions, performance, equipment, or luck — jinxes it. Predicting evening glassoff means it won’t. Citing a blueby weather forecast guarantees greybird. Spraying about faceshots leads to windslab and rime. Mechanicals? What are ya, boy, daft? Shut yer pie hole before all our bikes break.
For this week’s poll, though, there’s no middle ground. You either are superstitious or you aren’t. In the end, I realize I’m not. My hesitancy around snow comes from experience more than trying to avoid bad juju — I know that no matter what anyone says or thinks, Mother Nature does what she wants, so why set yourself up? And when you realize you aren’t superstitious, it’s hell of a lot of fun pimping those who are.
It’s gonna be epic!
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This week, one poll participant will receive Smith Optic’s Tactic sunglasses. We’ll pick the winner via random number generator (and announce it here) — all you have to do to enter is vote and leave a comment so we have your email to contact you. Must have a U.S. or Canadian address. Contest ends Sunday, October 28, at midnight PST.
Congratulations to @Chuck, winner of the Tactics!