Why It's Good to Crash and Burn!Monday, January 13, 2014
I was determined to start off 2014 doing something active. The last thing I wanted to do was waste my day off hungover...that's the pits(as my friend Ryan would say). On New Years Eve I had my fair share of vino and blew those party horns like a crazy person then it was off to bed for my New Years Day adventure!
A short car ride later, I’m all geared up and ready to take on the mountain. Although I usually feel confident on a bike, this was a totally different feel than my road bike. I pedal around a bit and that was it…off to the trail! Things are going great at first-I feel a little fish out of water but I push that feeling aside and pedal on. I hit the first climb and a few switch backs with a some shaky moments (eek!) but no major incidents, phew. After a couple miles of climbing I’m winded, sweaty and feeling good. Now it’s time to head down the mountain....sweet (or so I thought). It’s scary! Flying down the mountain avoiding trees and hanging onto the bike through rough terrain-what was I thinking! I feel like I’m on the brink of losing control at any minute. I have too much pride and stubbornness to not make it happen so I push on. Just as I’m gaining a bit of confidence and far too much speed I come up on a rocky part of the trail and eat sh*t! Over the handle bars I went in the blink of an eye. Luckily, after I caught my breath I only had a few scrapes and a bruised ego. I finished the ride (very slowly) and called it a day.