Now all that is left to do is race!!! I just hope I put in enough effort to get the results that I want. Also I am a little nervous about the new bike. I only have three rides on her. I wish I had a little more seat time, however there is no denying the fact that she is a missile. I really found that out today on a training ride. We probably climbed 2,000+ feet and I could have kept going. It seemed effortless climbing at the speeds we were.
When we reached the top I was a little worried about flying down on a rigid. Like I said I only have a handful of rides on this bike and this is my first rigid! Two of the other guys today had full suspension bikes and I thought I’d be lucky if I could keep them in sight. Though when we pushed off I actually felt comfortable and all my worries about riding a rigid were set aside. I was focused on the trail ahead. It was a little sketchy on top. As you can see in the picture we had some snow to plow through. Wow that was a blast, coming around a corner and having the feeling of minimal control.
I was able to hang on just fine to my buddy ahead of me who was on a 6 inch travel rig. It was a blast of a ride today, first sunny non rainy day in what seems like three weeks. I had originally planned on setting up a front fork for this bike for the Xterra’s that might be a little more demanding and technical. But after today I don’t think I need to.One more practice ride tomorrow then I’m off to the race. My next post will be my results from Xterra Real. I can’t wait! There is something about this sport I can’t get enough of and for me it is extremely addicting. I hope to never lose the passion I have for it.
The comradery, the traveling, meeting new people, pushing your limits, feeling like sometimes you want to quit but pushing through it. I can’t say its any one of these things but all and so much more.
In just a few days I’ll have my first race of the season under my belt and have a good idea of where I am . Until then . . .