Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My legs were a little tired on the climb today. Maybe it was from the little run I went on last night (not a runner), or because I've pedalled up Fromme a few times in the past 5 days. It was a shorter climb though so not too bad, and the ride down was more than worth it (as always).
Monday, October 19, 2009
Third times must be charmed, because I found it this time. Not sure why it was so difficult the previous two times. Maybe by the time I'd pedaled my way up that far (not that it's really all that far, but I haven't been doing a whole lot of anti-gravity riding lately) all my blood was in my rosy red cheeks instead of my brain so I wasn't thinking clearly. Anyways, I'm glad I found it today - it was awesome!
The first of these Fromme rides was a solo mission. I guess I haven't ridden Fromme enough lately, because I got myself completely lost and ended up on a 3 hr ride/hike. Still fun of course!
Bryden and I got out this past weekend on a couple of rides. Both were squeezed in at the end of the day so we were fighting daylight with speed... we won, but it was close.
Bryden looking content covered in mud near the end of our Fromme ride on Saturday. Sunday we made it out to Cypress, and were lucky enough to have our own shuttler - my dad! We did a quick run down Mystery DH and then a 2nd lap down Slippery Canoe/Wild Cherry/Roaches. I got us a little lost again on lap #2... quite the trend I'm making for myself. But we had an awesome ride and made it out just as it was getting difficult to see in the trees, so really it was perfect timing.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I'd never ridden a motorcycle before in my life, so I was a bit nervous about it, but it all went very smoothly. I think having a fair bit of experience on 2 wheels has made a big difference for me - just being able to feel and balance the bike, and understanding how to lean in corners and looking where you want to go rather than having "target fixation" on objects you want to avoid.
There are 5 of us in my class which is a great size for a lot of individualized teaching. None of us had any prior experience, so Randy had his work cut out for him. He quickly proved to us how good of a teacher he is, and by the end of the first day we were all maneuvering our bikes around the obstacles in the parking lot in a slow, (more or less) controlled manner. And slow speeds on a motorcycle are much more difficult to control than high speeds - you really need to find that balance!Randy doing some paperwork while we take a little break from riding.