The past few weeks have been stuffed full of work, holiday prep,
and parenting stuff, so I've been slowly working my way through
Brian Lopes & Lee
McCormack's Mastering Mountain Bike
Skills, mostly as a way to relax. I haven't had time to get
out for a real ride in a while, so reading about it is my little
substitute. I get to spend time mentally on the trails
even if I can't be there physically.
But the odds finally caught up, and I had a short window on
Saturday afternoon for a ride. A real ride, on actual
I picked a smallish loop that took me down Yucca Ridge. At the
top, I decided to focus on technique:
- Use the side knobs and commit more to the turns.
- Float over the rough spots, "row" over quick rises.
- Wait to brake in the "heavy spots", sections where I'm
naturally focusing more weight downward. (More on that can be had from this video.)
I felt totally in control the whole time, riding well and
having fun, but nowhere close to a PR. I wasn't even
Turns out I was just 2 sconds off.
2 seconds isn't nothing, but this run didn't even feel
fast. I was consciously not taking any risks in the name
That's a really similar experience with Chris
Horner's Reading the Race and
setting a huge new PR on the Westlake
I do notice that I've been neglecting my climbing. Really
need to do better about that.
Oaks, Starting at the School