I started riding trails about a year ago. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was probably 12 but I went out to Walmart, bought the cheapest bike I could find and set out looking for adventure. The first time I rode went really great but halfway down the trail we realized we were going the wrong direction. (Note, trails have a direction, make sure you’re going the right way) We gathered ourselves, turned our happy butts around and made it back to the trail head and decided to call it a day. Since then, I’ve gained experience by trying different terrains and even doing maneuvering drills at home.
It’s a great workout
One of my favorite parts of riding is probably how it makes me feel. Gliding through the trails on a warm breezy day though the whispering trees is completely invigorating and creates a state of euphoria that is hard to find elsewhere. There are obstacles that you wouldn’t find riding roads that increase the level of difficulty and give you a great sense of accomplishment. After getting a few rides under your belt you’ll notice your endurance increase tremendously and your legs and butt starting to get nice and shapely.
The great escape
Every time I ride it gives me an opportunity to escape whatever is going on in my life. Whether it be good, bad, or neutral there’s always a need to get of your head for a while. You really have to concentrate while you’re riding. You have to take in the scenery and really get in tune with where the trail is taking you. It doesn’t allow time to worry about work or think about your relationship problems. It’s just you making your way through nature.
What is your favorite way to escape?
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