elisa jones mountain biking

The One Where I Get A Little Racey

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”
― Mario Andretti

So I was lined up to host a ladies ride tonight, but no one showed. It was okay, though! I opted for a little solo ride with some obstacle sessioning- which is what I was planning on anyway. It was good for me to ride up clean and conquer some challenges that had yet to allude me.

And I’m such a weirdo about it. I’m so glad there aren’t peeps around most of the time I’m working on things. I cuss and shout and swear and scream and cheer “BRAVO! BRAVO!!” when I make it up something. And in true classically-trained-musician fashion, making it once doesn’t cut it. You have to perfect it. As I’ve been told many times, “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

Once I was satisfied progress had been made, it dropped back to the TH just in case someone had the time wrong, but was found alone again (“alone” being a relative term because these days the weather is so nice and the trails so prime that we’re hosting many many peeps).

I decided to pop some chews (like caffeinated gummy bears), and try to get my race on. Sparky had taken my coveted QOM on the Lite Lunch Strava segment, and had even beat me on the Pet-e-kes climb. I had to prove I still had the skillz to be competitive, even though I choose not to compete (most of the time…ha ha ha).

So I hit it. Blazing. Caught several people on Pet-e-kes, cleaned every obstacle (see reason above), and continued onto High Noon, and Raven Ridge. I was pelting down the trail and BAM! Pinch flat. The air went out of me as fast as it went out of my tire. I pushed “Stop” on Strava and stood there on the edge overlooking the Loops while it uploaded.

I couldn’t be too disappointed when it showed I’d taken the 7th place spot on the Pet-e-kes climb and 5th on the High Noon descent. Not bad for having taken the opportunity to be polite to other trail users.

As I hiked down Raven Ridge I ran into John (not the same one as yesterday), and after hiking down Bentonite Hill into David W. and a group of riders, who talked with me about the Sarlacc trail work and opening ceremony coming up on Saturday. It was nice to hear their enthusiasm! For me it’s felt like a lot of work and worry and I’ll be excited to partake in the fun of the actual day.

But for now, I gotta get my tire fixed.

Panorama taken from Curt's Lane.
Panorama taken from Curt’s Lane.