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    [QUOTE=OkieInAlaska;10325157]Cleopatra, do you carry bear spray or ? I have bear spray for camping/hiking that clips on so that is my plan. Same plan for problem moose and men.

    Abso-freakin-lutely!! We have several bear encounters every year. Mostly they are completely benign, black bears that see you and run away. But most years there have been a grizzly sow and cubs hanging around the trails. No one has been hurt to my knowledge, but bear spray is important. Of course best course of action is making lots of noise!! Which we do all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Quick update on my goals. I think this counts as more technical Still working on cornering, and trails that fall to the left and the steeps.

    Lookin' good, Stripes! The terrain you have out there intrigues me - riding rocks looks like so much fun

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    I started working on the "getting comfortable leaving terra firma" goal this weekend. I need a lot of work, but here are a couple of (blurry) pictures I managed to get with my self-timer. The fact that I got off the ground at all, and landed with both wheels on the ground and not head first, was huge for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Quick update on my goals. I think this counts as more technical Still working on cornering, and trails that fall to the left and the steeps.
    I have the same problem with Left hand exposure. The only reason I can think of is because my right leg is stronger so it is usually the first foot down if I am uncomfortable. Any other thoughts why one side is harder than other?

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    riding last night thru some technical twisty stuff (i realize these are sections even good riders might fumble on, so i shouldn't feel so bad) that i have issues with super tight turns that also have off camber rocks and roots WITHIN the turn. This is difficult stuff and i always freeze up because i assume I'm going to bash my handlebar or crank while trying to twist around it. Then again, i see my riding partner, on a racy 26er cut right thru it. Most guys i ride with have way more experience than i, so that's a lot of it, but knowing that it CAN be done when i see others, means i should give it more of a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra999 View Post
    I have the same problem with Left hand exposure. The only reason I can think of is because my right leg is stronger so it is usually the first foot down if I am uncomfortable. Any other thoughts why one side is harder than other?
    My theory...most people get on and off on the left side of the bike, so having to put down the right is less natural. I think it also ties in with the favored or "sugar foot", which I think is right for more people; you're more likely to give up or mess up after a right pedal stroke, in which case you'll land on your left foot...unless there is no land there!

    Other thoughts welcome.

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    I have built up my dirt jumper since this pic was taken. Now I just need the pump track to dry out.



    I also got a lighter all mtn bandit 26'' which is a dream to ride. I should be able to climb better

    For dh I'm getting my bike tuned and ready when the bike park opens in May. Our local bike park is having a Pedal Fest and one of the events I'm stoked about is the Women's dh clinic
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    I really want to improve on a bunch of things...but I think I am getting too old ! I turned 64 this year and I'm afraid my goals now are to just maintain skills and fitness...and avoid injury ! ! ! I am slowly dialing back the technical and risky (no more fast Noble rock gardens...and there are a couple of spots in Mission Trails I won't do since my femoral neck fracture 3 years ago...lots of things on World Cup Anderson where I take the bypass without even hesitating...)

    I've crossed things off my list over the years. No more jumping off drops since going higher...and higher...and higher...and then separating my shoulder and getting a concussion. Noble rock garden = broken finger and knee split to bone (separate rides). R sided drop offs = nervous since fall from tough switchback and scary concussion, fall off cliff when my handlebar was grabbed by a tree branch..saved by elastic cord on my Camelbak hanging up on another tree branch, fall into steep gully that chainringed my leg but could have been much worse. More aggression in rocky downhills tamed by OTB with minimal damage but could have been much worse. Wheelies abandoned when two much more skilled friends went over backwards and limped away. Charging up Gooseberry verticals toned down by memory of much more skilled friend breaking his ankle/surgery with a simple topple over fall. Better skinny riding suffers from two nasty outcomes...one where my front wheel ran off the skinny, dug in, and I did a high speed OTB...the other where I was at a skills park and trying to go further and further on the elevated skinny...finally fell off (duh)...thankfully no injuries...but TONS of potential. oh yeah impaled my quadriceps on a sharp manzanita branch with an aggressive move on Cowles..it broke off and the ends disappeared inside...3 inch chunk had to be dug out in ER. Efforts to go faster dampened by helicopter ride off trail after high speed slide out on rocks on the Mesa above Tunnels and landing directly on a rock with my hip resulting in femoral neck fracture/3 pins. I think you can tell I am crazy about this sport (or maybe just crazy) and can't stay away...but sadly, longer and less technical is starting to be my mantra. Any other ladies in that boat ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie View Post
    I really want to improve on a bunch of things...but I think I am getting too old ! I turned 64 this year and I'm afraid my goals now are to just maintain skills and fitness...and avoid injury ! ! !
    You know, this is something I've been thinking about lately....

    First up: I'm hoping to get a new bike for my 60th and put some miles on it, so you're already my hero. Maybe even another for my 70th if things go well. This has been a long-term goal of mine for quite a while.

    But I'm also trying to get some of the really burly back country stuff listed that I want to do over the next decade or so, because I'm assuming at some point I might not have the strength, fitness, and/or health to pull them off. But I don't know when or how that's gonna happen.... I'm riding with some guys in their 50s that are still regularly kicking butt on the whippersnappers.
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    Master clipless pedals (so far I've fallen butt first on a cactus and ripped the top of my finger off on a rock).
    Get faster/better at climbs

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    Stripes, great photo, looks like a fun area to ride.

    Julie, wow, you are my hero! Glad you are still on your bike, riding and loving it.

    Ray how much off the top of your finger did you lose? Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra999 View Post
    But most years there have been a grizzly sow and cubs hanging around the trails. No one has been hurt to my knowledge, but bear spray is important. Of course best course of action is making lots of noise!! Which we do all the time.
    A few years back a young girl was riding in midnight mountain bike race (does't really get dark here in the summer remember) and was attacked and dragged off the trail by a grizzly. She was hurt but survived. This was in town but on a trail near a salmon creek. Last year we had lots of bear attacks around Eagle River (3 that I can think of, no one killed). Scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieInAlaska View Post
    A few years back a young girl was riding in midnight mountain bike race (does't really get dark here in the summer remember) and was attacked and dragged off the trail by a grizzly. She was hurt but survived. This was in town but on a trail near a salmon creek. Last year we had lots of bear attacks around Eagle River (3 that I can think of, no one killed). Scary stuff.
    That sounds terrifying! Glad the only bears we have around here are black bears..

    Goals for 2013: This one is going to sound weird, but I want to increase my endurance while standing and pedaling. I notice that I sit in my seat far too much..I really only get up out of my saddle on descents and short techy sections. I realized that one of the reasons why the guys I ride with are a lot faster than me is because they have much better leg strength and endurance and can attack mildly technical trails by standing for long durations. A good portion of our trails are fairly techy with a lot of short/medium climbs and descents, and I'd like to be able to attack them in a standing postion and not die from exhaustion immediately afterwards (like what happens now).

    In order to make this happen, I've been riding with my seat dropped to a point where it is essentially useless on the trails, which forces me to ride standing and mash on a higher gear the whole time. I plan on doing this for a few weeks, and then I'll go back to riding normally. (Just hopefully with improved standing ability.) I've already felt an improvement in my strength and endurance, and I've only been doing this for about a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieInAlaska View Post
    A few years back a young girl was riding in midnight mountain bike race (does't really get dark here in the summer remember) and was attacked and dragged off the trail by a grizzly. She was hurt but survived. This was in town but on a trail near a salmon creek. Last year we had lots of bear attacks around Eagle River (3 that I can think of, no one killed). Scary stuff.
    Yikes, that is scary, I am acutely aware of the bears here on our trails. Luckily we have so many riders it is easy to find people to go biking with all season long. I rarely need to go alone.

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    I'm very late to the party. Last year, my goal was just to get back on the freakin' bike after taking some advocacy/trail burnout time off the bike. Finally last fall I started riding regularly again after a hiatus. This spring it's felt good but I just had a lot of noise in my head, anxiety, and loss of confidence. So goal #1 was to go back to bike camp as a camper, not a coaching assistant. Four days in Rossland pretty much blew out the pipes, reminded me of what I DO know how to do, and gave me light where there were shadows. This has made goal setting much easier. So my goals are to get back to where I was before, with some specifics. I'm going to roll Rushmore before the end of the season (this would be new), and recover my confidence and speed. I also am pretty sure I want to get my Level 1 Certification for coaching, probably this fall. That feels like a nice way to keep contributing without the heavy load that advocacy carries.

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    What do you mean, what do I do? Where I get the certification from? I am looking at
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    IMIC has been absorbed by IMBA - the professional coaches I know aren't real hot on that setup. I live close enough to BC that going there for certification will just be a little vacation. I may even be able to get the local club to pay part of it as they really want more instructors. Even if I only ended up doing local stuff, I'm cool with that. Bike sponsorships wouldn't be too bad, though.

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    I learned how to bunny hop this year. My husband's instruction on how to BH never really worked. My 9 year old cousin's instruction did. So now that I can BH in parking lot, I need to learn how to use it on the trail.
    For you girls that can wheelie or manual, I salute you! My bad low back keeps me from pulling up that front wheel on anything higher than a standard curb.
    My mental block is a steep paver drop. I can do steep dirt drops but the concrete paver stops me dead in my tracks. Especially if there is any type of switchback paver drop. The thought of crashing on a paver drop and then scraping my skin off the whole way down is a mental photo that won't leave my brain when I approach one.
    I'm also trying to get out of my seat more, especially climbs. My husband is amazed that I make most of my climbs seated (pulling on my bars and balancing on the horn of my seat, so not specifically planted on the saddle) but this method doesn't work out of me on steep paver climbs or any steep climbs with roots.
    I then have to deal with the fact that I am 50 lbs over weight. I feel I do great for a plump gal; I'm strong but winterized.
    So I'm just gonna keep on working on conquering my switchback paver drop fears and keep working on shedding some lbs.
    In terms of working on speed, gonna have to wait til Florida has some cooler months. Our 95 degree summers with 100% humidity are tough; speed usually equals bad head aches.

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    Goals for the season:

    Work on endurance and speed, especially on flowy downhill. I love chunk, but for some reason, fast and narrow single track terrifies me. Fell once pretty hard on an easy, flowy section of trail going mach. Road rash lasted a while and it took weeks before the feeling of being hit by a truck vanished. Since then, getting back up to speed has been a huge mental challenge.
    Build confidence and power to conquer technical uphill and roots.
    Learn how to find the best lines.
    Ride and finish my first (hopefully second and third) endurance race. The first is this saturday - 40 miles of single track all above 9,000 feet with 7500 feet of elevation gain. Hopefully the CB classic will be the next.

    Now for some specific goals:
    Clean upper and upper upper (nonstop, not in sections)
    Clean the roots on Deer Creek
    Clean Green Lake trail (non stop)
    Explore 402, 409, and Etcher
    Nail that one root on Bud's trail


    And some goals already obtained!
    Registered for my first race
    Rode between 80 and 100 miles for 4+ weeks
    Shaved nearly 2.5 hours off of my last timed attempt at Upper and Deer Creek
    Rode Deadman's (and loved it)
    Trained the border collie and took her on her first big ride (she rocked it!)
    Cleaned the climb and then the "rock" on Strand
    Cleaned the rock garden on Farris
    Broke down and bought a new rear tire.
    Rode and loved Porcupine Rim (rode the "ledge")

    Good luck to everyone here accomplishing your goals and inspiring each other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowgypsy View Post
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    And some goals already obtained!

    Trained the border collie and took her on her first big ride (she rocked it!)

    Broke down and bought a new rear tire.
    Pictures of the dog are required!

    Ha! Congrats on the tire.

    Good luck and have fun at the races

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Pictures of the dog are required!
    And here she is, charging down Upper Loop
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    Nice dog, glad s/he's a good trail dog. So fun.

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    I did my first gap jump. (18'' or about 45cm across). Until now I had only done table tops. It's not a goal I considered possible for 2013.

    So to build on that achievement my goal is to keep practicing at the bike park, work on my speed... and progress!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cleopatra999 View Post
    I like this idea of setting goals! Here we go:

    find cheap reliable second hand downhill bike
    take said bike to lift access hill 2x/week
    join Thursday night race series with said bike, and NOT come in last

    organize Wednesday Women's evening bike ride during season
    ride 'stupid traverse' which means getting over my left handed exposure fear
    uphill switchback improvement, MAJOR improvement needed

    visit skills park weekly, ride rails, bridges, pump track
    ride the downhills I currently walk on some of my trails (Oh dear, swine flu, slunt, hyperextension)

    Keep track of my rides and mileage
    ride by myself if needed (it's the bears that scare me)
    learn how to change a tire quickly and use a quicklink and replace a derailleur hanger

    I think that is it for now. That is probably enough, that is a big list for a season that hasn't even started yet!!
    doing a check in of my goals a few months later. Doing not too badly. I have visited the ski hill, and done one of the races. OK, so I did come in last, but not as badly as I thought. The women that come out to these races are insanely fast.

    I have worked on my maintenance skills. Feeling good with that, and I have kept track of all my rides. My new goal is 100 rides this season, I am half way there!

    My downhill skills have improved greatly, my uphill technical is better but I still can't do switchbacks uphill. I am waiting for this to click one day.

    I have organized a women's bike club and we get 10-15 women out for rides every week! super stoked about that.

    Anyhow, I am pleased, very pleased with where I am at.

    How is everyone else doing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Downhill or XC? It was a downhill race!



    That's awesome you're working on your maintenance skills! working on mine as well, but I think some of it is getting a new torque wrench. Just got a $20 tool that does torque for small things (3-5nm). Wonderful lil tool from Ritchey.



    For uphill switchbacks, it's a matter of fitness for me. You have to lean forward and to the side at which you're turning while continuing to go uphill. Some switchbacks are worse than others.

    Nice job getting a riding group going

    Found out what was killing my growth in a lot of ways: riding a bike too big for me. It's amazing how things like my goals get better when you ride something more comfortable:

    As I posted at the start of the year, my riding goals for 2013 are:
    - Improving cornering (particularly not lose speed)
    - Laying off the brakes on steep and technical downhills
    - Ride more technical trails

    My cornering has gotten much better, but it's much easier to lay off the brakes when you're riding a bike that fits you better. In my case, smaller, so I don't have to feel like the bike's controlling me, but I'm controlling it. It turns out that all smalls are not created equal.

    Still working on ledgy trails, but they're not nearly as scary as when you're on a bike that fits you right, and the technical downhills are actually fun again.
    It was a downhill Race!

    Uphill switchbacks are soooo hard!! I have a hill I am going to session just for the steep straight section, I feel like I need to get that first, then turning will be better, I think I need to get even lower and more forward.

    Pretty sure my bike is the right size, I love it

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    Goals achieved:

    1. "Skinnies."

    Check. I still don't have a back yard skinny for practice, but I have gotten much more confident on skinny stuff, curving bridges, high bridges, etc. This seems kind of weird, but I fell off a super skinny practice bridge, got a big hematoma and broke off a shifter, and for some reason that experience made me more confident.

    2. "I want to ride 750 miles in 2013."

    Not sure how far I've ridden-haven't been consistent in using my Garmin. Also, I'm not sure it's accurate. My Garmin said 15 miles and someone else's bike computer said 22 miles one day. It is consisitently 2+ miles shorter than other people's measuring devices. I'll bet I will do well to break 500. I don't do any road riding which would help significantly.

    3." I want to take a riding clinic"

    Check. Two so far, hoping to hit one or two more one-day clinics and/or a day at Highlands with Karen Egan.


    I've conquered two of the three hardest spots on my most frequently-ridden trails. The uphill switchback is a bugger-I need more strength.

    Now to start working on uphill lifts/steep ascents. I am switching my regular ride to a more demanding set of trails.

    It is strangely motivating to put goals in writing.
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    Late to the party, as always.
    My goal at the beginning of year was to regain my confidence and ride a lot more. I'd taken a lot of time off the bike due to some burnout issues (advocacy project that sucked the life out of me) and hardly rode last year.
    The fun is back. While I'm not technically back to where I may have been a couple of years ago, I'm getting there. I'm just getting miles in, and then a little coaching here and there to remember what I used to know has really helped. Another thing - I ditched my clipless pedals end of last season, and I'm still reaping the benefits. More than anything the fun is back and that was my main goal.

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    I did my first gap jump. (18'' or about 45cm across).
    Color me impressed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Ditching clipless was one of the best things I could do for my confidence

    Does it help you feel like a kid again? That was an unexpected side effect for me.
    Yes! So glad I ditched mine. Confidence has increased and my falls have dramatically decreased. And, I really don't care how fast I climb that hill because I hate climbing anyway

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    Monday report: Best Ride in a very long time this weekend. It was close to an epic ( 19 miles of backcountry) and I was totally able to let go of the underlying anxiety over regaining my ability level - freedom!. I was only bummed that on a 19 mile backcountry ride, one must be very conservative on the trail as the penalty for a mistake is very high, and so I didn't feel it was appropriate to push myself too much.** Needless to say, had a blast. It wasn't a terribly difficult ride - well, OK, two miles of pushing the bike up to the pass, 40+ switchbacks down, and then miles and miles and miles of singletrack through old growth, creek crossings.... it makes for a very long day. Something really clicked for me on the switchbacks which was really cool. Anything I was complaining about the other riders were too so I didn't feel singled out for the things I wasn't riding.

    **a guy broke his ankle out there a few weeks ago. He made it out on one leg with a lot of help from his friends. No cell phone, no helicopter landing zones. You're either making it out somehow, or waiting for extrication...so no foolling around out here.

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    Formica- so much stoke from this! Back country riding is my fav, and yeah it's no place for taking chances.

    Last Monday I tried to pull of what was supposed to be a 3 hour/14 mile trip that included what I've seen called "The Back Country Injection Route" since it's unusually close from the truck into some great high/remote country. It turned out to be 17+ miles, left the truck at 10 and got back at 3:30, and only barely made it to my hair appt in town at 4... fortunately the hair dresser started riding a couple years ago and totally got why I was apologizing for any budworms or pine needles she might find on me/in my hair in spite of my creek-rinse, lol!

    GPS said 49% grade a couple places on the trail down before it ran out of batts, which looked like a freaking riverbed in spots... probably because it is in spring. Can't really recommend it but I made it, walking the sketchier stuff and rolling a few things I don't think I would have had the nerve to tackle a year or two ago.
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    I made a multi year goal. I finally signed up to get my coaching certification. I've wanted to do this for YEARS. I was going to, then things got in the way, then I was off the bike, now I'm back on the bike and things just keep better. I've been assisting the local pro coach in a few clinics and I have her and our organizations support and so when I saw Shaums March is leading the IMBA PCI program on the west side in a few weeks... I jumped. I may not be a gonzo dowhhiller/jumper/free riders, but I know I can teach the fundamentals with confidence. I'm really excited about this but I'm sure it will have it's challenges. There are plenty of areas where I'll need to learn the lingo and to learn to teach things things that I am not strong at.

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    I have never raced. I've got a decent resume of clinics I have attended and then volunteer coaching - basically I've been regurgitating things from all the clinics I have attended. Remember that many clinic attendees just want to build confidence and learn/refine skills.

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    Goals this year were to build my skills and improve my endurance and like Stripes, I have changed bikes and the improvement has been amazing. I actually ran my first race last weekend. My goal was to finish but I actually finished 4th in my age group! Never expected that! Ended up ranking 41 of 198 riders. I am hooked!
    We have an LBS that has made a huge difference for me with planned rides several times a week. The owners ride with us and give us pointers. We usually end up night riding which was at first a little scary but I really enjoy it now. Great year so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbRN View Post
    This year will be doing my very first mountain bike ride outside of the US- in New Zealand! Also hiking, kayaking and lots of driving and sightseeing.

    Not really a mountain biking goal per se, but this trip has been on my to-do list for almost a decade. Very excited!
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    I forgot to pop by this post at the end of the season. Really interesting to see how I did on my goals. I reached some, realized some were unattainable at the this time and found some where easier than I thought.

    My proudest achievement is having started a women's riding group. We met weekly throughout the summer and had anywhere from 8-22 women on a ride! it was followed by a social beer and or meal. We had some skills sessions during the rides, maintenance sessions and guest speakers such as our local Wildsafe rep and always lots of laughs and encouragement. I had many women come up to me thanking me profusely for giving them weekly motivation for coming out and a safe place to learn, we accepted any woman into the group and have a FB page for organization and discussion. I recommend anyone in a city without a women's group/ride to do this, it was amazingly easy and rewarding in so many ways.

    My other accomplishment was reaching over 100 rides! next year I might have to bump that to 125! (we have a short season).

    How did everyone else do? Come on in and toot your horn!!

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    I watched this post a year ago and couldn't figure out any post-worthy goals for myself. So, I let the season take me wherever it did.

    I started working with a coach in January 2012 with the goal of 'kicking it up a notch'. I ended up riding A LOT more than ever before, and at a more moderate pace and with recovery built in to the schedule. It made a huge difference in my fitness. The cost was a lot more time on the road and less time on fun technical stuff. But the payoff was that it's easier to make the fun technical stuff now; I can keep up with my friends without busting my lungs; and I did more camping as there is great road riding using land we own as a starting point.

    My biggest accomplishment was doing a 24-hour race with 14 hours of saddle time over 100 miles total and having fun doing it!

    I also got into cyclocross racing for the first time. What a blast!

    Who knows what next year will bring. I'm sticking with my coach because I ride a lot more when I have to report on every ride. There were lots of times I rode when I didn't feel like going out, but I NEVER regretted riding when I didn't feel like it during or after the ride.

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