Yesterday evening as I was riding home, I was spending some time pondering my aggressive riding techniques and how it affects not only my over all mind state but how my riding affects the peace of mind of other road users.
Perhaps this reflection is timely as I'm coming up on 40 after a 22 year riding career. I recently purchased a bike with a slower top speed in an effort to quell my penchant to keep my speeds over 200kph. I've decided to not allow myself to get frustrated as easily with other motorists who I think are being poor drivers or inconsiderate to other drivers who do things such as camp out in the passing lane or take too long to navigate a corner, etc. I was thinking that I can't control these drivers, so getting frustrated only increases my own aggravation as well as increases my chances of getting a ticket by doing something aggressive in retaliation.
So as I'm contemplating all of this, crossing the Lions Gate Bridge in to West Van on a beautiful evening close to sunset, some guy blows by me on an R1, splitting lanes on the white line at 140 with his left turn signal stuck on.
Am I getting smarter or am I getting lamer?