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To be honest, a six-hour bike ride just doesnt appeal to me. Its like an emotional rollercoaster.
At first Ill be pumped that Im finally on the trail.
Then itll all start to go wrong as I get frustrated in the single-track switchbacks in North Secret Trail. Then Ill get tired but will stay determined to forge ahead without complaining. Soon Ill start cursing my abilities on a mountain bike. Next Ill start blaming my boyfriend for daring to take me on a trail that I obviously wasnt prepared for. Then Ill most likely fake a little injury or a bike malfunction just so I can take a break and try to regroup.
Ill finally get so hungry and thirsty that Ill feel like throwing up. Eventually Ill start to come around again when I know the end is in sight and itll be sheer delirious joy finishing up the trail, coming home and then reliving my experience to all my friends for the next few weeks.
Im exhausted just typing about it.
So you can see why theres a part of me thats worried about the coming season.
But even though my first Loonie Race was a total right off last year, Ill tell you that the races were one of the highlights of my summer.
Despite all those bad things about mountain biking, I just cant wait to get back on the saddle.