It's difficult to gauge the price, when all the crash-crash / bang-bang stuff is so much fun!
I am now 54 and a bit busted up, but even at 40 years old, I had no concept of what was coming.
When things started breaking, it was a big surprise to me, somehow I assumed that my body was just gonna stay the same forever, I felt kind of dumb when I realized that I was breakable.
Yeah man. I here what you are saying. I am the same. come 32 I knew I couldn't carry on downhilling because of the reduced amount of time I had after starting a family. At that point It never occurred to me that I would or could perminantly wreck my body.
Its only until the last couple years I've discovered i'm actually wearing out... (i'm 41 now)
Any way after 20 years of mountainbiking in all disciplines I have legs muscles that are strong as hell and can handle untold hours of kiting... but my knees are blown. I can't ride toeside long apart from down the line or I get pain. for that matter I can walk up stairs without some discomfort...
I've done a lot long distance landboarding which is real hard on the hips and knees also. I think I wore my hip joints considerably when I did the first ever 24hr kitelandboard. I want to take back my world record that I lost recently. But dammit I think if I attempt another 24hr it will screw my hips to a point of needed surgery.
I usually break fall on my right side and have a stuffed up right wrist because that. Think I've busted another ligament or 2 recently. ahhhh....
bring on the stem cell research I say!