Days 4&5: I’m pumped to pump!

Alright so it turns out that if you just jump into riding your bike on mountains everyday without somehow preparing yourself for it your body may complain.  Unfortunately, my sprained foot/ankle hadn’t healed up fully when I started this and it’s giving me a bit of trouble which has spread to my right knee as well.  Now, am I stopping?  No.  Am I trying to take it a bit easy? …Maybe.  I don’t have much to say about day 4.  I headed to Fromme and did a quick Upper Griffen ride before my knee started yelling at me and I retreated home to do some yoga and hopefully help it out.

But day 5 was some serious fun.  Laura and I headed to the PNE pump track with her little dirt jumper and I got my first taste of some sweet, sweet pump track action.  For those unfamiliar, a pump track is a groomed series of little hills and berms that you ride over with the goal of never pedaling.  You “pump” with the bike (think like pumping on a swing to go higher) to create some speed to get through everything.  If you do it right, you can go around and around and around without ever putting in a pedal stroke.  Was this my experience?  Of course not!

The good news is, there was significant improvement from my first try:

To my last:

We also had the good fortune to run into some other riders that will hopefully come along for some rides in the future.  That’s what I love about this sport and my group of riding friends:  no matter what your skill level is, you’re welcome to come ride with us.  Here’s to day 6!

In case you missed the challenge.

In case you missed Day 1, 2&3

Days 2&3: Skills that (don’t) pay the bills.

I was grumpy when heading out for day 2 but I arrived at the Delta Watershed full of gumption and ready to take on the trail!  The plan was Goat’s Trail and practicing jumping and that’s precisely what I did!  Although I did start out at not quite the right trail head, I managed to get on track and did some fun laps.

Perhaps the most exciting part of it all… I jumped!  There’s proof!  Both tired off the ground!

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Day 3 was a lovely shuttle with Ryan up Mt Seymour.  We rode Pingu, Pangor, and Boogie Nights. It was my first time on all of these trails and, while I did walk quite a bit of them, I got to work on skinnies!

I’d call that a success!  Tomorrow will bring more adventures.

In case you missed day 1.

In case you missed the challenge.

Day 1/45

Unless something very interesting or significant happens, these daily updates will most likely be in short video form.  This first video and the last one, however, will be a bit longer.  I want to be able to show the full runs in order to have a comparison for my very last ride of this experiment which will be the same trails as the first.

You may notice a “woo!” near the beginning of Bobsled.  That, my friends, is my first jump.  Although it doesn’t look like much, I can tell you it was pretty exciting at the time.  Maybe I can get those to be a bit bigger and more noticeable on camera as time goes on.  Enjoy!

 

*I should also note this is my first time captioning and I was using quite clunky software.  Hopefully I’ll get it ironed out in subsequent videos.

45 Days of Riding

My job is very feast or famine.  When there’s work, there’s tonnes of work but when there isn’t I’m left with a lot of time on my hands.  This July I find myself left with 6 weeks of almost no work and, rather than spend the time in a panic about bills or impending homelessness, I’ve decided to set a fun goal for myself: 45 days of mountain biking.   My job is very feast or famine.  When there’s work, there’s tonnes of work but when there isn’t I’m left with a lot of time on my hands.  This July I find myself left with 6 weeks of almost no work and, rather than spend the time in a panic about bills or impending homelessness, I’ve decided to set a fun goal for myself: 45 days of mountain biking.

For 45 days straight, I will get out on my bike.  Just to lay down some rules here, I am not counting commuting or road cycling as part of this but I am counting any time at a pump track, skills part, or dirt jumping.

To be honest, this makes me nervous.  I’m worried about getting tired, sore, or starting to hate riding as it may feel more like an obligation instead of fun.  I’m also excited about improving my skills, possibly making new riding friends, and I’ll be honest here, losing some weight would be great.  I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to my body and my mind as I go through this process.  If all goes well, I’ll be posting some embarrassing before and after pictures.  I’ll be checking in with short daily videos as well as strapping the Go Pro on for some ride videos.  I’ll definitely be recording my first and last rides and hopefully the improvement in skill will be noticeable.

I’ve touched on this before as well but I am also an anxious person.  Without getting into too many personal details, my mental health is something that has an effect on every day of my life.  While I have gone through periods of daily exercise, it has been a while since I’ve done anything truly daily.  Many doctors say that regular exercise helps with mental health issues so I’m excited to see if there is a change in that realm.

I should also warn you all that there will probably be a lot of repeat trails and mountains as there are some that are more convenient than others for me to be going by myself, but I’ll try to get onto some new trails and new places whenever I get the chance.
I also am very open to new riding buddies so if you want to arrange a ride with me just let me know!  Hopefully we can work it out.

With all that said…. Here goes nothing.  Day 1.