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Catrin2011-08-29 20:12:32 +0000 #1
This is a small milestone for me, or will be by the end of tomorrow afternoon

It has been 4 weeks since the women's clinic, and I finally get to hit a trail tomorrow! It is considered the easiest trail in the park, and I did ride it during the clinic. I've been able to do parking lot drills a few times in the past week, but really, I think that actually being on the trail will help me far more than riding on pavement. I have spent some time riding on the grass, basically just riding to build strength with the added resistance from grass.

I know where I want to ride and where I want to go. I think I've better control of my brakes this time, and I've promised myself that this is not a time trial. If I need to go slower than I would like then I will, and there is no shame to walking bits that make me nervous. I am really looking forward to the middle part of the trail where I had no problems the last time

At this point I will ride solo, but if I come across someone who is amenable to the idea, I will ask someone to ride with me at least once down the trail. Depending on how I feel/do, once I've done one loop I will repeat it until I get tired. I intend on taking a victory photo of my bike when I get to the top of the trail the first time

My co-workers obviously think I am nuts, but that is ok. They thought that anyway

indysteel2011-08-29 20:15:07 +0000 #2
Good luck and have fun! I'm already given you my suggestions in an email, so I'll leave it at that. I'm glad that they didn't much rain there overnight. I thought of you as I drove to work in some light rain.
Catrin2011-08-29 21:01:32 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by indysteel

Good luck and have fun! I'm already given you my suggestions in an email, so I'll leave it at that. I'm glad that they didn't much rain there overnight. I thought of you as I drove to work in some light rain.

Yes, and thanks for the suggestions. A couple of mountain bike friends aren't comfortable with the idea of my going solo, but I HAVE to get off of pavement sometime

They want to ride with me but our schedules are just too different. I will let you know how it goes.
indysteel2011-08-29 21:22:47 +0000 #4
Yeah; it's probably not ideal, but just use your best judgment. I've ridden the trail a few times by myself while Brian was off doing something else, but there are usually people in the area. On a Saturday morning, you likely won't be alone, so that's good.

You might post something to HMBA's forum that say "Hey, I'm a new rider and will be out there by myself tomorrow out of necessity. Is there anybody out there who might be willing to make a lap of Pine Loop with me?"
limewave2011-08-29 21:36:32 +0000 #5
Have a great time! I was nervous riding solo too, but once I got out there, realized I liked it better than riding in a group--no pressure! Have fun and be safe.
Catrin2011-08-29 22:14:47 +0000 #6
I had fun

It is obvious I need a lot of work, but that is only to be expected. Since I rode solo I chose to walk two sections of Pine Loop that has a steep drop-off. I did ride them during the Clinic, but I fell on those sections a lot and was nervous. I will try those sections again when I am not alone.

For those familiar with Brown County State Park, I rode Pine up from the parking lot, up the North Tower Connector until the section that gets steep and has big roots, turned around & went back to pick up the downhill shortcut back to the parking lot. Then I did it again

I actually had very few real falls, much better than last time. I did stop a lot, and just took my time. It was hot and sweat was just pouring off me. The second time through I tried to ride a little more of the two scary sections before I walked, made much better time the second time through.

I found out what happens when you get fatigued. I didn't actually NOTICE that I was tired, but noticed the second time down the down-hill shortcut that it felt like I had much less control of the bike and was having to stop much more frequently. I did walk a portion of that trail, and it is quite easy - I was just overly fatigued & I think that was the safest way to deal with that. I didn't want crash from being so tired that it affected my reaction time.

I had fun, learned a lot, and am looking forward to the next time! I also have a better idea just what I need to practice...
Roadtrip2011-08-29 22:58:38 +0000 #7
Glad you had a good ride and continue to learn... Gooooooooo you!!!!



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