I haven't escaped. I haven't been captivated by the sound of dirt tearing underneath my tires. I haven't felt my heart beat blood through every vein in my body. I haven't been so single minded that all other thoughts are crowded out except for the trail and my bike.
Instead, I have a constant nagging pain in my knee and the glare of life without my bike. . . (not for too much longer I hope! Then I will come back with more focus and determination to be faster in the corners and get more heighth to clear bigger jumps!).