The digital curse….
Right before I get up to speed lets start with the usual warning. What i write here is my opinion and doesn’t necessarily reflect the thoughts of anyone else from Hardtailnation.
We all know someone who suffers the Digital curse don’t we. Some aren’t as bad as others as they seem to have a bit of a grip on it. Others? Oh dear. Complete addicts. No worse than that. They can’t help themselves. They have to get “That” crown, “That” KOM, “That” section. Maybe you are one of them. Yes you. They just can’t not try. A friend of mine is a addict. “It’s poison, pure poison”. His very words. But you know damned well he’ll be out there trying to claim another title.
The signs are there. Just watch them. The look at their phone and faff about. No they aren’t turning off the volume, Nor are they checking to see who else is coming. Nor are they just saying “See you later” to their other halves. No They’re switching on THAT app on their whizzy Iphone 6d flippingoutadatein6months. But what’s more , there are worse ones than that. They have a GPS unit. No missed segments, More satellites, Better chances of getting a invisible prize.
I don’t mind the idea. I mean if you read my “Tails from the Trail” you know I like to write my rides up. With distance and top speed an all. I like knowing how fast I go, and how far. But for me it’s my trusty little Cateye computer. It’s handy too. Especially if you are planning something special and need to know how far such and such is away. I admit I would use that APP if my somewhat “Bonko” ( Cheap- Ed) phone could support it. But not to beat so and so up there, or down there. I’d use for distance etc like my little computer, but also for height climbed and descended. It sets you a gaol or is simply interesting.
Now don’t get me wrong and all you “haters” can calm down. I like a bit of friendly competition. We all do even if you think you don’t. We are after all the HUMAN RACE. It says it right there.. You know how it goes. A mini mates race with no prizes or photos, just the knowledge that today you got the better of your mates. It’s fun right? But those who suffer the “Curse” stop having fun. They kill the ride. Oh how they claim, “It’s good for training”. Is it? Really? I’m sure it is handy, but every climb, every descant, every bit from here to there? Pack it in. You don’t have to race everyone everywhere. Just go for a ride. Pull some wheelies, do some skids, Cock about, look at the world passing by, Listen to the world in and around the trees and woods. There are a million lives going on around you completely unaware of your latest KOM. Sometimes you just need to go and ride just to go and ride.
But will you not switch that app on? Will you just go muck about? Or just go ride because it’s nice to talk twaddle with your mates and escape work etc. It’s good to knock out a ride to see how far you’ve gone but you don’t have to stand on the virtual podium and proclaim your prowess. Just ride because it’s fun. I’m not saying you can’t now and then use that App. If it helps you get fitter faster, or helps you prepare for that next big race, enduro, dh event, use it. It would be mad not too. But now and again just use it to show where you went and how far just because.
But please use your noggin ( Head-Ed). For the most part you will be using trails where others will be, or will end up on a trail used by others. Some sections are removed for the public eye as they are considered dangerous of hazardous to you or others. I’m not saying you can’t do it. Just use a bit of sense. Be careful you don’t become a Digital curse addict. Once you let it take hold you are doomed DOOOOOOOOOOMED.