Today I took the usual run to work on the bike after dropping my kids off at the child care centre in the car. Recently, my mind has been occupied with work and I'm in the process of deciding to buy a business so my mind admittedly has been wandering alot. Its the butterflies in my stomach sometimes makes me stay up at night or get up early in the morning. The morning run was like any other run, not much traffic. I run through Henry Lawson Drive in the mornings in a very pleasant cruise towards padstow like I usually do. Sometimes there are slow cars that slow you down, sometimes its near empty like today. It's max 60 most of the way, but everybody goes 70 usually. There is a speed camera at the top of the hill that everybody slows down for when approaching. I acknowledge that it was coming up very soon and would usually ease off the throttle, but for some unknown reason my mind just wandered and when I was just passing through the camera I realised I was going to fast and touched the brakes in a panic (too much rear) and could hear the rear skid before I quickly released it. In the end nothing really happened. I didn't fall off, and didn't see any flash (or maybe i should wait for it in the mail?), but it made me realise how easy it is to not have your mind where it should be, even for a second. The next time, it might be kangaroo in front of me, or a big pot hole and if I was like this, I'd probably do the same thing and panic brake and go down. I remember the first time I got my bike I did do panic braking using too much rear brake and that caused it to fishtail for about 10 or 15 metres when again I was day dreaming and didn't realise a car in front had stopped to turn right. I promised my self never to ride with my foot anywhere near the rear brake again just in case I touch it again. I guess bad habits using the foot brake are just too hard to break (excuse the pun). Any one got any thoughts on how to stop themselves daydreaming? And also how to train yourself not kill yourself with the rear brake?