Friday, June 21, 2013

Bit by Bit

I've been approaching the New Light mountain bike trail in a piecemeal fashion in order to give myself small accomplishments instead of trying to face the entire challenging trail system all at once which would likely ensure complete discouragement. As such, for the past few months I've been working primarily on the bulk of Sig's Loop - minus the very beginning where Lake Downfall essentially merges into Sig's - starting at approximately the top of Razor Ridge and following the loop along to a bailout to the fire road just before Sig's crosses over into The Gauntlet. On this segment of trail, there are, if I recall correctly, about ten intimidating looking rock/log crossings, not including the multiple smaller routine logs that I can already fairly easily ride. Of these ten large obstacles, two are not yet on my to-do list as they are a bit above my current skill/confidence level. So that leaves eight that I've had on my list to try and accomplish this year. One of those I learned to ride a few months ago and another I learned a couple of weeks ago. Out of the six remaining rock/log crossings on my list to learn this summer, I attempted four this evening and surprised myself by easily cleaning all four. And as to the remaining two? I'm coming for you within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.

I know it doesn't seem like much, but I am now and have always been very timid when it comes to technical mountain biking - and actually sports in general - so cleaning four new challenging obstacles in one evening is a big deal for me and frankly, I'm pleasantly surprised I was able to find the courage to do it.