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Catrin2011-09-12 14:21:30 +0000 #1
Interesting thing happened on ride today. Unsure how this happened, but I fell over - it is the position I landed in that was the surprise. My bike was kind of diagonal with one BMX pedal pressing into my left kneecap while my right foot was kind of over the edge of the trail on the downside of a gentle embankment. My legs were stretched and I couldn't move because of the pedal digging into my knee and bike was between my legs.

Frankly, I am unsure how I actually got out of that position. I think I just kept inching my right foot back praying that it wouldn't slip back until I could free myself from my bike.

Overall it was a great ride, and it was on a new trail for me

still beginner - but much longer and there is a rocky section that I just walked both ways. I decided at the start that there is no shame in walking so simply walked the parts that scared me and had fun on the rest

I need to work out shifting on the trail, having problems climbing that I think is due in part to relearning that on the trail. I keep it in an easy gear, but of course too easy a gear when starting causes problems just like too hard a gear.

Having fun and one more day of riding to go

indysteel2011-09-12 14:35:12 +0000 #2
I'm glad you're having fun and that you didn't hurt yourself during that fall! I assume I know what trail you're talking about. It's a lot of fun!

Be careful out there!
Catrin2011-09-12 14:40:54 +0000 #3
It is Limekiln, and I have a friend I text when I start and stop. She knows local mtn bikers who are good at finding people if I miss my check-in time. That really helps. As this was my first time on the trail I just focused on getting to know it better.
Nick2011-09-12 15:10:50 +0000 #4
Glad to hear you're having fun, Catrin, and that you extricated yourself safely from the fall position. I enjoy hearing about your adventures...
Roadtrip2011-09-12 15:41:18 +0000 #5
So looking forward to meeting you Saturday Catrin, I'll be really bummed if you fell off a trail and hurt yourself less then a week before our ride

Lol. Be safe out there and glad your having fun!!!

Catrin2011-09-12 16:05:36 +0000 #6
Not to worry Roadtrip, I am home all safe and sound. Had an awesome time and can tell that my body is finally starting to "get it". Not saying that I didn't do any walking, but had fun on the parts I didn't walk

7 hours of mountain biking in 3 days (counting the walking) and only a few bruises and scratches to show for it
indysteel2011-09-12 15:09:32 +0000 #7
Welcome home, Catrin! I'm really proud of you. Hitting the trails and camping by yourself is pretty courageous IMO. It sounds like you accomplished a lot!! We've come a long way in a couple of months I'd say!



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