Today I learned three important lessons about mountain biking:
- Get off the saddle for most maneuvers such as turns and jumps. The bike goes where it needs to go.
- Keep elbows out to help prevent shaky front wheel syndrome. 🙂
- Altitude sure sucks the oxygen out of your lungs. Enjoyed many break stops to stop the burning sensation.
Had a great time on my first Sierra mountain bike trail. We picked a pretty popular, but relatively easy, trail. I’m glad we did because I needed the adjustment. I loved it and know why people get addicted to this. The adrenaline rush after a successful series of maneuvers is pretty fantastic.
Somehow I ended up with a great neighbor who has ridden off road his whole life and is a knowledgable, caring teacher. He noted a few things mid-ride that immediately improved the experience. Plus, he waited very patiently for me up all the hills while I caught my breath.
Can’t wait for the next ride. But I’m pretty exhausted at the moment.