I can’t think of any other activity where I would pay good money to do something that scares me so badly I cry. And I’m not known for being timid or fearful, heh.
So, on the last Monday of 2013, we rode up to the Brooklyn wind turbine and the farm there, paid the 20 bucks each it costs for access to the entire farm as well as the motocross track, and went for a ride.
My riding on the level - even with sand, gravel and ruts - is waaaay ahead of where it was last. I think all that practising standing up while riding (on roads, admittedly) I’ve been doing has definitely helped!
But I’ve still got a way to go - after getting to the top of the hill in the photo above, we hit a small problem: me, getting back down.
I got down about 10% of the way, and couldn’t go anymore. Literally: I just couldn’t do it. I was too panicked to be riding, essentially. Steep downhills coated in scree with narrrow tracks and huge ruts? Turns out I’m not quite there yet. And it’s not just the terror which hurts - it’s the frustration. I can see so CLEARLY exactly how it looks to ride confidently in those conditions. Hell, I can _feel_ it - I just have to get my brain/body interface to the point where it does, too :)
So I trundled down the hill feeling horrible while Partner, awesome that he is, got _both_ bikes back down to the bottom of the hill.
The motocross track is pretty cool, by the way, although it also features some of the scree that’s so notable in this area. We’ll definitely go back, although I might just watch Partner on it initially :P
And the ride back out was even awesomerer!. One thing I’ve noticed is that challenges force my riding ahead in leaps and bounds.
So, I’m looking forward to the next installment! And having access to the entire farm in which to play? What a treat!
More photos available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/teh_aimee :)