I stumbled across this great series over at Mountain Biking by 198 and it got me thinking about what I’ve done to become a better rider. I love their posts- in reality many of the things they’ve suggested have helped me in the past and many were fresh ideas for me.
Mainly though, I think being a tired rider has helped me improve my mountain biking the most. Here is what a typical ride is like for me, particularly in the beginning of the season or when I was just starting out biking.
Start: Yeah!! I’m going for a bike ride. Damn my bike looks cool.
15 minutes in: Ummm this sucks. Maybe I should cut this loop short.
35 minutes in: f%47, F$^*, F^%$, stupid rock, stupid bike, stupid bugs
Yeah, there was a lot of this sucks when I first started biking and really the start of this season was this same exact swear fest. But somehow, something happens midway, especially when I am too far away from my car for a quick getaway.
1:05: Damn another hill. Screw it. I’m not getting off my bike.
1:08: What? I made it up that hill. Sweet
1:19: Oh, man here comes that rock garden that I always get off for. Screw it, I’m too tired to clip out. I’ll go till I fall down.
1:20: Sweet. I rode that rock garden?! Nice
Yeah, when I get too tired to let my mind take control and take the easy way out I start to just do it. I stop thinking and start riding. And luckily, as the season progresses and the years in the saddle increase, there is more of the sweet and less of the suck.
Here’s to more of the sweet my friends. Cheers.