Sunday, February 27, 2005

Enchanted Forest

Enchantment After all the anxiety and stress of performing bellydance twice in as many nights, I decided today I would go for a bike ride. Fortunately, I was invited by Lynna and James and a couple of their friends to join them for a ride at Enchanted Forest this afternoon. Although the sky was grey and there was a chill in the air, this ride was exactly what I needed to restore my mind. James and Lynna were the ever patient helpers, teachers, coaches, cheerleaders and spotters for me, encouraging me to try some uphill log stacks that had previously intimidated me as well as helping me find rideable lines on the rooty uphills. I'm still a little uncertain on a lot of technical sections, due to this prolonged knee problem and the fact that I haven't been on my bike on any regular basis for a while during physical therapy. So of course, when I would get to a section that was very sketchy, I had that nagging worry of "Do I have enough power and strength to make it?" and "What if my knee starts hurting again?" So there were times that I stepped off the bike when I probably could have continued on, but James assured me that that was a normal mental response to injury, and that with time it would go away and I would regain the confidence that this injury has cost me at the moment. Despite those few hesitations, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and can hardly wait to get on the bike again and get back into the groove of regular riding. Of course, the forecast is for rain for the next couple of days...

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