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Artista2012-05-14 05:16:32 +0000 #1
I'm finally mtb’ing again after breaking my ankle last fall. I was actually riding super-simple single track within 3 weeks after getting out of the cast last October. I wasn’t able to do any technical mtb’ing until last week because my favorite trails became too muddy and icy before my ankle could handle the stresses of hill climbing and sudden stops.

I’m enjoying mtb'ing more than ever now! I spent the winter building a lot of muscle and cardio and aerobic endurance. Now I’m easily climbing hills that had my legs screaming and left me gasping for air last season. I haven’t tried the super-steep hill that I broke my ankle on but it’s on the agenda for the next couple of weeks.

I’m giving up on clipless pedals. Being clipped in wasn’t what broke my ankle…it was because I tried to ride that super-steep hill unclipped. I decided that clipless pedals weren’t for me if I couldn’t trust them enough to get out quickly on steep hills. I’m using platforms with Five Ten, sticky-bottom, shoes now. So far, so good.

My broken ankle experience is something that I would never want to repeat but I'm thankful for what I've learned, the additional strength that I built over the winter, and my even deeper appreciation for being able to ride both my mountain and road bikes again, (not to mention walking and doing stairs, too!).


jessmarimba2012-05-14 05:31:22 +0000 #2
Hurray!!

I'm allowed to bike but I'm not allowed to fall for at least another month, so no mtb for me at the moment

I'm antsy though, got a new saddle I'd like to try!
Artista2012-05-14 05:46:26 +0000 #3
At least it's still early in the season, Jess. Not being able to mtb would be an even bigger bummer if it was summer or close to the end of the season.

Which new saddle did you get?
jessmarimba2012-05-14 06:00:12 +0000 #4
Specialized Ariel, I think? (Ebay)

And to go back on my earlier post, I may've been talked into trying Hidden Mesa tomorrow...think I'll be walking a LOT of it though, at least per some reviews! How would you rate the trails there?
Catrin2012-05-14 06:30:23 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by jessmarimba

Hurray!!

I'm allowed to bike but I'm not allowed to fall for at least another month, so no mtb for me at the moment

I'm antsy though, got a new saddle I'd like to try!

Whoohoooo, that time is coming - for both of us

I totally get that antsy feeling - congrats on the new saddle! Congratulations Artista! May we all get back on the mountain bike trail soon and have an awesome season with no season ending injuries!

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