I have been extremely busy with work, school (online classes) and just keeping everything in order, however, I have definitely make time for riding.
My first ride was Easter Sunday at Maybury.
Considering that my parents were in Florida, my girlfriend was working, and all of my homework was done....What else was I to do. Wanting to go with my buddy on my first ride, I had no choice because he was up in the U.P., looks like it was all me.
As we all know, the first 3/4 - 1 mile of Maybury is pretty intense but I pushed through and made it my biiioottchhh!
I will say, I severely, severely, underestimated mountain biking and give all these guys out on the trails my respect.
I finished my first ride in just under an hour. Stopping several times at the trail maps to make sure i was on the right track. Most important, I only stopped a few times to hydrate, but other than that, I pushed on.FLASH FORWARD
Since my first ride, which I did not have my computer yet. I have official rode 60.5 miles. Not bad for only having the bike a few weeks.
Due to the close proximity of three trails to my apartment, I have spent most of my time at Maybury, Island Lake and recently, Tree Farm/Lakeshore.
I will say, Island Lake was pretty interesting.
We went, with expectations of a nice ride, but then ended up knocking out both, Yellow, followed by Blue. We had only anticipated riding Yellow and once finished, I still felt good, and so did my friend. I shall reference him from now on as Kyle.
Being Kyle’s second time out, I asked him how he felt, we talked and hydrated for a moment and were off to tackle Blue.
Yesterday I decided to make a little investment for my bike. “What Paul, what did you get?” Glad you asked.
After asking and posting my questions and concerns regarding pedals: Flats vs. Clips, I made a brave decision. I bought a set of Mallets.
Two reasons I bought these pedals:
1) The are clips, which I can ride on flats as well, and
2) I got 25% off because they were last year’s model, and 15% off the shoes…Specialized Comp BG.
I think this was a good deal. Either way, I am pretty happy about it.
I am fairly comfortable on my bike and never really saw myself putting my foot down so I decided, hey, why not. So here I am.
Odo after 13days! Not too shabby..
My new Mallets. Although the green doesn't match, I still think it looks pretty cool on the bike as a whole.