The first ride

February 17, 2009

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Imagine that Yesterday you went to the local bike shop to check-out your bicycle, she was there about four weeks to be upgraded and tuned up for the new season; imagine that you don’t ride since past November; imagine that the weather is bad enough to get the name of a strange women (like the typhoon Katrina); imagine that you have only sleep about 5 hours during last night; imagine that you are still in the bed and already know that it won’t be easy, you know that there will be lots of mud waiting for you in the climbs and wet rocks laying down in the descends; imagine that this is Sunday morning, the last day you have to rest before another stressful week; just imagine that your dream monster (the bike) is ready for the first ride of the season, but you’re not.

So, what do we (strange creatures who love Mountain Biking) do even before hearing the alarm clock set to 8:00 am? Jump out of bed, eat some cornflakes, gear up (even the Lycra stuff), get our precious monster from the garage and blast into our little secret trail to measure how much damage Christmas season did to us. Why? Because we know that this will be one of the most enjoying rides of the season!

It’s just too much time off the saddle, we need some action and we know it will be fun (at least until the start of the wall climb…). It isn’t easy, but if you pass this little test you got what is takes to guarantee several hours of fun with your little two wheel monster. I did my test two weeks ago, it was fun but I shouldn´t have eaten so much during Christmas season!

I’m in Portugal, hopefully the full sunshine days are rising anytime, so let’s get ready for it. Enjoy.

You can do it!

February 1, 2009

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Did you ever established goals in the middle of your rides? I do.
Sometimes I look to a descent that scares me to death or a “wall” climb that everyone says it´s impossible to pass by and I think to myself I can do it!“, and then I do my best to pass over it.

Sometimes I fail at the first attempt but I still keep trying and trying until finally I achieve the goal.
Some people might consider those personal goals insignificant and sometimes make fun of the whole situation, but I simply don´t care. For me it´s a big step on my Mountain Biking skills. Those little improvements allow me to explore new trails that I never thought to pass by and to excel myself on every ride.

For the next time the challenge will be harder. No matter how hard the situation is, how difficult it may look, how insignificant it seems to be, we can always beat it and feel proud of yourself. That´s the spirit of my rides.