It takes a special someone to get hooked on the rush of adrenaline. At the same time it is quite astonishing how many adrenaline junkies there are out there in the world. They seek out the perfect adrenaline rush at any given opportunity and more often than not that means taking on some of the most dangerous sports in the world. Most notably the one to make recent headlines is Mischo Erban. The adrenaline junkie broke the world record of skateboarding down a hill. He overtook the record by 10mph and managed a breathtaking 80mph down a Canadian hill aptly called ‘the landslide.’
Adrenaline Junkies Feel the Rush
Mischo and his adrenaline-fuelled activities have caught the eye of the Guinness Book of Records and he just got himself entered into the volume for the ‘fastest skateboard speed from a standing position.’ What is really interesting is how Mischo says he felt no fear. The man is hoping to double his speed but can’t seem to find a road steep enough. A mountain perhaps? He wants to do exactly the same thing at twice the speed. He then hopes to feel some adrenaline and fear.
Adrenaline junkies are hooked on the unbelievably intense feeling as the adrenal gland releases the potent hormone into your body. Adrenaline gives off effects that some people have compared to superhuman strength. Junkies have admitted to not feeling pain while in the middle of a sport. If they receive an injury they often don’t initially feel it because of the adrenaline. Once it wears off, the pain is quite recognisable.
Another effect that adrenaline junkies and people how have experienced adrenaline in situations of extreme fear, are heightened senses. Vision, hearing, touch; everything around the person experiencing the rush is vivid and loud.
Breathing increases as everyone will note. Adrenaline junkies are often seen breathing fast and smiling like they’ve slept with hangers in the mouths, after they’ve experienced a serious rush from a dangerous activity. Heart rate, blood pressure and breathing accelerate and then you start to sweat. It’s the body’s way of coping with the intense amount of adrenaline pumping through the body.
Adrenaline rushes are sought out by some while others try to avoid them at all costs. Mischo Erban is on a constant journey for the ultimate rush but it is important to know when to bring a rush under control and not panic while having one in the middle of an extreme sport. Only adrenaline junkies who have experienced a panic attack in the middle of a dangerous activity can tell you how to avoid it. Personally, many think people should avoid dangerous adrenaline-fuelled activities just for the sake of self preservation.
Vida Denning is a freelance writer who is married to an adrenaline junkie. He basejumps in workwear trousers while Vida makes sure she wears waterproof trousers every time her hubby goes out to enjoy his crazy activities.