Trek Women
May 28, 2008

Gimme more...

I shoved Shady in the passenger seat and off I went on Monday morning to meet up with MORE, a cool, local mountain bike club --Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts, for a special Memorial Day ride at Shaeffer Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

I met Tom Jackson, the ride leader and MORE Vice President, a couple of months ago at CycleFest 2008. He sent me a friendly email afterwards to help educate me about responsible mountain biking and how important it is to take care of trails and not ride on them when they’re wet. He also told me about all of the hard work MORE has done to maintain trail access in the DC area. I really appreciated his note. Since then, I’ve been trying to sync up my crazy schedule so that I could join a MORE event.  When Tom emailed me about Monday – I was in for my third-ever mtb ride!!

But here’s the thing, I’m not very good at it (yet). So within 10 minutes, I had worked myself up trying to figure out what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks I was doing while worrying that I was slowing down the other 7 riders and making their rides less fun. I was swearing a blue streak so long it matched Shady’s paint color. Tom and the other riders were great and encouraging the whole way.  I picked up a few tips from them I thought I’d share…

1) If in doubt, dismount – billy, don’t be a hero
2) Roll over it – for me that means stop overthinking and just go over the dang log
3) Keep your weight in the back – a balance thing
4) You are going to fall – but at least ground is softer than pavement
5) Look ahead, not right in front of you, don’t look at what you don’t want to hit – your bike is going to follow the line of your eyes, so if there’s a big rock in the way don’t look at it or you’re going to head straight for it. Learned that one the painful way.

It was a tough ride for me. You know us Type A’s we don’t like to suck at things. But, at least I’ll probably never be this horrifically bad again. I can only get better. I’ll be back for MORE!

Comments

You go girl! Good for you. Just keep up the good work. Don't be too hard on yourself. You are doing great! We must mtb together.

Posted by: Susan | May 28, 2008 10:04:55 PM

It is so amazing to me that it took the same if not more out of me to do 10 miles of mountain biking than a 40 mile road road. I'll just have to keep practicing.

Have you ridden the Fuel EX8 yet? What's your take on it? Shady is an EX7 and there's definitely a difference between the two.

Posted by: Laura | May 29, 2008 8:35:25 AM

Thanks Laura - I have only gotten out on some packed dirt trail so far - I need to you to learn all the lessons first so I know what to do. -Jen

Posted by: Jen | May 30, 2008 8:39:54 AM

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