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Preparing to get back on the saddle



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To be honest, a six-hour bike ride just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s like an emotional rollercoaster.

At first I’ll be pumped that I’m finally on the trail.

Then it’ll all start to go wrong as I get frustrated in the single-track switchbacks in North Secret Trail. Then I’ll get tired but will stay determined to forge ahead without complaining. Soon I’ll start cursing my abilities on a mountain bike. Next I’ll start blaming my boyfriend for daring to take me on a trail that I obviously wasn’t prepared for. Then I’ll most likely fake a little injury or a bike malfunction just so I can take a break and try to regroup.

I’ll finally get so hungry and thirsty that I’ll feel like throwing up. Eventually I’ll start to come around again when I know the end is in sight and it’ll be sheer delirious joy finishing up the trail, coming home and then reliving my experience to all my friends for the next few weeks.

I’m exhausted just typing about it.

So you can see why there’s a part of me that’s worried about the coming season.

But even though my first Loonie Race was a total right off last year, I’ll tell you that the races were one of the highlights of my summer.

Despite all those bad things about mountain biking, I just can’t wait to get back on the saddle.