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    Riding Goals for 2013

    This was fun to do last year, so let's give it another go for this 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

    Today was my last ride of 2012. What I noticed improved:
    - Riding trails that fall to the left still aren't fast but aren't as scary
    - Much faster downhill, but not as fast as I'd like
    - Was able to ride a fast steep long downhill that was a mental block

    What helped me was riding with a more positive riding group, riding with youngins because they are much more fun , and getting some mental help on why I was getting mental blocks. The other things that helped me with my mental blocks was having falls that didn't leave anything other than some scrapes,and in today's case, some sand in uncomfortable places like in the knee pads.

    What about you? What were your successes this year and goals for next?

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    Goals:
    Ride a wheelie for an extended period of time
    Track stand for an extended period of time
    Ride bigger drops/jumps
    Get over fear of elevated skinnies
    Improve fitness for longer rides
    Travel to new places to ride
    Ride more, regardless of weather
    Introduce more people to mountain biking

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    Hard to believe another year has gone by! Good post, Stripes!

    I know I had a lot of goals last year, including a few mentioned by Stripes in this thread.

    Successes for the year:

    Downhill switchbacks - I have been working on them a lot this past year and FINALLY am getting more comfortable with them, in both directions. The real magic seemed to coincide with the purchase of my new bike - a Trance X 29er. Maybe it's the stability of the larger wheels, the geometry, riding in flats, or increased standover - or a combination of all of the above. But I have been consistently executing some that have been plaguing me the last couple of years.

    Larger log piles/logovers - After taking a women's clinic this summer, I began tackling more of these. I've learned momentum is my friend and to "pedal, pedal, pedal!" Again, changing back to flats has increased my confidence immeasurably. It also made me rely more on weight transfer and forced me to use better technique.

    Cornering - getting there. Hmm, maybe about 60-70% "there" now?

    Bridges/skinnies - Have finally started conquering my fear of these guys - to a point. We have some skinnies that go up and over logs I will go over, and there are some bridges ~ 1' wide I now ride instead of walk. Look ahead, look ahead, look ahead!

    Wish List for 2013:

    Jumping and being more comfortable with the idea of my tires leaving terra firma.

    Steeper/tighter downhill switchbacks.

    Wheelies and wheelie drops. Seriously - if I could just learn how to pop that front wheel up (on command), that would be super!

    Steep uphill climbs. Yeah, there are a few that I would love to be able to do this coming season.

    Take my first downhill clinic.

    But, most of all: Continuing to enjoy this sport I have come to love above anything else and sharing that passion with others

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    Mine is STAY MOTIVATED.

    Tackle rock gardens with momentum and let the bike do the work.

    Ride down hill switchbacks by looking ahead - keep front wheel moving and let back wheel follow.

    Pedal Faster - build leg, arm and core strength to pedal faster.

    Most have FUN.

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    for whatever reason, in the past 2 months i've made major speed and cornering improvements. a lot of it had to do with getting a new bike that fit me well and made me feel much more confident than before. i'm plowing over log piles and rollers, and stone walls much better than i did before. Of course, i also happen to be FALLING a lot more these days because of my sudden boost in confidence
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    depends how i fall. i've been doing stupid slow tumbles where i put my foot down, and the ground is uneven, so i just topple over. Those dont do anything but leave a bruise. Last fall was OTB but somehow i landed pretty well because it was slow (my bottom bracket smacked onto the top of a tall log ramp and i had no choice but to just let myself go down) that only left me with bruises too. I have had a big OTB that dumped me hard on the side of my head, and that left me banged up the next day!
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    My goal: more

    More riding, more miles, more places we haven't been able to schedule in yet, more bikepacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    What about you? What were your successes this year and goals for next?
    My goal is same as last time: I want to eat more Which means riding more. I changed jobs this year, and didn't get to ride as much as I needed to. (Not wanted, needed.) That needs to change.

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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    Ride, ride, ride! Get more comfortable with cornering at speed. Have a good race season. Just have fun... it's all in the mix!

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    Set a goal...hmmm

    Signed up for the Prescott 2013 Whiskey Offroad in April. My goal is to finish the 15 mile "fun run" respectably. Preferably on the bike! This means I have to get off this chair and get moving.

    I would like to improve all of my skills as I am very new to this and learn more each time I go out.

    Lastly to be healthy, happy and not break anything when I wreck.

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    Goals for Down Hill:.
    In general: Ride faster and steeper
    Specifically: work on wheelie drops, getting more height on my tabletops

    Goals for Trail riding
    In general : climb better (I got a new bike which is lighter and that will help)
    Specifically: practice on the pump track in the backyard
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    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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    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!
    I went there two years ago (biked 13 out of the 14 days I was there) and it was AMAZING.

    Get the Kennet Bros guidebook, it's well worth it.

    And make sure you post here when you get back, and tell us all about it!
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    just plain unfriendly and maladjusted.
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    This is great - keep 'em coming! I'm already getting anxious for winter to be over!

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    something that "helps" is to get a faster rider behind you, and it really lights a fire under your ass! for me it does anyway. If i'm last in line, i tend to take a more chill pace naturally, but if somebody ends up behind me, i get all crazy and nervous that i'm holding them up (also embarrassed if i ride bad with an audience!) and it helps me right along.
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    I managed to stay pretty much in one piece in 2012 (took a few days off after a knee tweak on a crash from Justice, a German shepherd) , and hope to do the same in 2013. In a month my office is moving and I will be losing my dream trail-commute, so I will be hard pressed to get in as much trail time. So my goal is to up the recreational trail miles since my bikecommute will be more dull.

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    After barely riding for the past few years I am finally back. I did get in a few mtb trips last year but my lack of fitness put a damper on the fun factor. Right now I have two trips planned. Big Bend in February is locked down and sometime in the summer I want to get to Park City again. My goal is to be fit enough by summer to have more fun and less suffering.

    To help with that goal I am looking really hard at new bikes. I soooo had the hots for that Niner B!tch posted last year but could not find an XS anywhere. Now I am looking at 650b's and trying to be patient for some to arrive here. The Scott Genius and Jamis are what I am hoping to be able to touch soon.

    2013 Goal = new bike + better fitness
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    I feel like the 2012 goals thread was really helpful. Can anyone find it and bump it? I looked, but it's buried.

    Man, I have so many weak spots. OK, here are some areas I think I can improve:

    1. Skinnies. I want to be able to ride a certain elevated skinny at Bradbury Park in ME by the end of the season. I plan to ask hubs to help me build a back yard skinny for practice.

    2. I want to ride 750 miles in 2013. This may not sound like much to you, but it's a grand goal for me. I will revise later in the year if it becomes clear this is too easy.

    3. I want to take a riding clinic, somehow, somewhere. I may pull off arranging for a riding clinic right here in River City for me and my riding pals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post

    What helped me was riding with a more positive riding group, riding with youngins because they are much more fun ,
    HEy, how about riding with emotionally immature people? I'm fun, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    ... It's the people who take their riding way too seriously who were stressing me out... Been re-evaluating some riding buddies, gotten more picky about who I ride with because my ride time has gotten to be more valuable.
    You know it. The whole "dirt roadie attitude" thing sucks.

    I'm also a little picky about who I take on backcountry recon. The best survival skill of all is caution IMO... I like to ride with folks who are risk-aware and risk-averse. Like recognizing that coolio black cloud rolling in from the west might mean trouble and high-tailing it for the barn BEFORE it hits if possible.
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    I have a huge opportunity this season to focus solely on training and racing. My goal is to make the most of it, but to do so, I'm going to be out of town a lot, and racing a lot of women who can handily kick my butt at the present time.

    I can relate to a lot of you on the skinny stuff- I've got an unhealthy fear of it that I need to address. I can ride all sorts of techy-rocky-steep stuff, but put a skinny bridge in front of me, and I'm all white knuckles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea138 View Post
    I have a huge opportunity this season to focus solely on training and racing. My goal is to make the most of it, but to do so, I'm going to be out of town a lot, and racing a lot of women who can handily kick my butt at the present time.

    I can relate to a lot of you on the skinny stuff- I've got an unhealthy fear of it that I need to address. I can ride all sorts of techy-rocky-steep stuff, but put a skinny bridge in front of me, and I'm all white knuckles.


    +1 on the skinny stuff. It doesn't seem to matter how high off the ground (er, or not) it is, either. I try to tell myself that the TRAIL is often more narrow, and I manage to stay on that! One of my biggest accomplishments this past year was finally going over ALL the bridges on one trail, and going over an A-frame. I pretty much whoop with delight every time I do it. My friends joke that I scream like crazy when I've finally done something, but when it's bad, I'm silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Goals for Down Hill:.
    In general: Ride faster and steeper
    Specifically: work on wheelie drops, getting more height on my tabletops

    Goals for Trail riding
    In general : climb better (I got a new bike which is lighter and that will help)
    Specifically: practice on the pump track in the backyard
    From the 2012 goals thread

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    I am working at speed and cornering, as well as control when landing bigger jumps and drops. Getting better at dh technical has made me a stronger xc rider. Hill climbing is geting easier in platforms.

    The local dh parks are opening soon so I am excited to test my skills again.
    My goals are consistent from year to year. Just working on small improvements
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    Just one goal: to not get crazy out of cycling shape during my upcoming deployment... anyone know the best way to pack and ship a road bike and trainer to Afghanistan?!

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    ^^ No, that's a tough one. Stay safe and let us know if you need anyone to "watch" your bike while you're away.

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    My goals for 2013

    Keep pedaling and never stop ever again, have fun, smile, not die at Old Pueblo my first ever 24 hour race (did I mention I am doing this solo, still not sure what I was thinking), buy a real light before the race, buy a new bike since mine is a vintage piece of history that I killed the pull shock on last week and Fox doesn't make parts to fix it with anymore, inspire more people to ride and ride better, find women to ride with, find people in my area to ride with, keep meeting more random people while out riding, somehow convince my husband that riding more than 6 miles really is fun, try out single speed, catch up on all the changes in the cycling industry since I left racing and riding in 2004, find a job doing something cycling related that inspires me and doesn't make my brain feel like it is melting (not riding related I know), keep learning how to fix things on my bike, and last but not least remember I can always learn to ride better.

    Last year I learned in the 9 months I have been riding again.

    How to night ride with an old halogen lamp and a flashlight headlamp.
    How to replace derailleur cables and a handlebar.
    Riding in newly built trails in AZ means you really should invest in slime tubes ( I still don't have tubeless)
    Don't walk your bike in the dark over large rocks without looking down first (how I broke my handlebar).
    A passion for riding a bike can not be forced.
    I still love rocks and single track.
    Riding my bike still makes me smile!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ No, that's a tough one. Stay safe and let us know if you need anyone to "watch" your bike while you're away.
    Thanks for the offer, but I think my boyfriend can handle it! But I may enlist the help of the women's lounge when I buy a post-deployment new bike. I keep hearing all this chatter about twenty- niners... maybe I need to check this out!

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    2012 Goals: Learn how to mountain bike. Started the year very slowly and tentatively at China Camp, a fun, beginner singletrack loop north of San Francisco. Got off and walked over rocky bits and near cliffs. Had great difficulty with switchbacks, rocks, etc. Have since learned how to wheelie (but not hold it), feel confident in switchbacks, can drift around corners, completed the Downieville XC race (slowly), won a few beginner Super D style races towards the end of the year.

    I find that racing really lights a fire under my ass to improve. The pressure and the adrenaline makes me conquer fears. We know the techniques...we've heard them over and over again. We just need the confidence to do what we know. For me, the fear of a girl behind me passing me makes me go, "well ****, I guess I'd better do this." And it usually all works out.

    2013: improve core strength, leg strength, flexibility, and not lose too much base fitness. Ride as much dirt as I can until the end of my first trimester (and maybe for a little while longer).

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    I'm looking forward to riding in 2013. I've still got about 11 more weeks of cooking this kid then I (mostly) get my body back all to myself. I've done a good job of maintaining my fitness throughout my pregnancy but haven't been riding really technical trail in a while. So I'm sure I'll have to do a little work getting my cajones back.

    My main goal for 2013 is do some sort of endurance race in the fall after my hubby's race season is over. Maybe an 8 hour solo or marathon mtb race. Although not riding related I would also like to do a half marathon, I know I'll be doing a lot of running while were on the road for hubby's race season so that would give me a good goal while pushing our little spawn around in the bob stroller.
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    My goals are pretty simple. I'll be moving to an area where I won't know anyone in about 3 months, & I just want to ride more & meet some cool fellow chicas to ride with. I can't want for more than that.

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    Been riding less than a year, but am so totally hooked into it now that it's slightly ridiculous. Nearly got to 500 miles ridden in 2012 (April to December), which seems like a pitifully small amount. But between work, wife, kids & keeping the house from falling apart I guess it wasn't a bad start.

    So for 2013 one of my goals is to at least double 2012‘s total miles. Basically shooting for a minimum of 1000.

    Would also like to actually go on a specific MTB'ing road trip. I live in the Kansas City area so looking for destinations within a somewhat reasonable driving distance. We'll see what time & money will allow for this goal!

    Definitely want to expand my mech skills so I can start taking on more & more of my own bike maintenance.

    Also thinking of entering my first race sometime this year. I know I'm nowhere near "race shape" but I think it'd be a kick to at least try it and see what it's all about. I don't foresee a spot on the podium anytime soon, just looking to survive that first race.

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    2013 goals:
    - do at least one multi day trip in the Himalayas (Annapurna, here I come!).
    - Bikebikebike... as much as possible! The more I bike, the more fit I am, the more fit I am, the more I can bike, and the more I bike, the braver I get, and the braver I get the more exciting rides I can go on (see goal 1)! (it's a lovely cycle)
    - upgrade to a full suspension and work on my downhill control, cornering and drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcoTravelerChick View Post
    2013 goals:
    - do at least one multi day trip in the Himalayas (Annapurna, here I come!).
    - Bikebikebike... as much as possible! The more I bike, the more fit I am, the more fit I am, the more I can bike, and the more I bike, the braver I get, and the braver I get the more exciting rides I can go on (see goal 1)! (it's a lovely cycle)
    - upgrade to a full suspension and work on my downhill control, cornering and drops.
    That's the spirit!

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    My goals for this year are to ride more new to me trails. Which hopefully includes more road trips and fantastic scenery and fresh air. I have also been putting together a bikepacking kit and hope to put it to some good use this year. For that I hope to find some girls who also want to spend a couple of days on the trail and nights under the stars. Basically I just hope to enjoy life as much as possible and see as much as possible from wherever my bike can take me.

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    kinsler: I actually saw a really cool picture of a armed forces member who managed to get a bike and trainer out there. He was training for a triathlon still apparently while he was there.

    This is the pic: Riding Goals for 2013-69614_10100551868048921_201417104_n.jpg

    Stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayseakay View Post
    kinsler: I actually saw a really cool picture of a armed forces member who managed to get a bike and trainer out there. He was training for a triathlon still apparently while he was there.

    This is the pic: Click image for larger version. 

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    Stay safe.
    Thanks- I actually shipped my old road bike that my LBS Frankensteined up for me with a trainer. Unfortunately the army changed the base I'm going to, but I should be able to get it forwarded. I'm hopefully the base I'm going to is big enough that I can actually get some outside time as well. I'm currently going through training/clearing and have been now 8 days without riding and I'm already seriously jonesing for a ride! I'll post up some pics once I get settled... I'm already dreaming about that July evening that I'll be reunited with my bike(s)!

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    ^^ Hang in there! And safe travels. Reward yourself with a glorious ride upon your return.

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    Night riding has always been on my list! We would love to see more ladies come out and race our night series in Indianapolis, IN! Very challenging, but SO MUCH FUN! Check us (Indiana MTB) out and consider adding night riding to your goals.

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    This thread is full of win.

    I have focused so much on my running goals that I haven't had a bike goal for a while, so I am beyond excited!

    1. Get TFOT and RIDE at least 2x a week. Doesn't matter if it is to the grocery store, bar & grill, with the kids to the park, or an all day trail ride extravaganza...just ride!
    2. Ride with other people more. I sometimes get to meet up with Bethany1 on here and fat bike locally, super awesome good time. I would like to ride with more people instead of alone, good for the soul
    3. Get more trail confident in speed climbs and descents, lay off the brake and trust my body to do what it does best....avoid getting hurt! Look at where I want to go, not where I don't want to end up!!!
    4. Learn to hop, idle, and ride the local singletrack(all 12 miles out & back) on my mountain unicycle. So far, I can just ride flatland and hills with gravel but staying in the singletrack groove I just can't muster yet. What a NOOB
    5. Night ride! That sounds like so much fun! I have a decent light coming and can't wait to try it out! I commuted for years with a crappy RoadToad light and just finally realized lights have come really far now, I should invest in a new one. There is nothing better than a late night summertime ride! Yummy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinsler View Post
    Just one goal: to not get crazy out of cycling shape during my upcoming deployment... anyone know the best way to pack and ship a road bike and trainer to Afghanistan?!
    there's tons of military guys around VA/D.C. where we were last stationed, many who have done this.. try the Virginia or DC forum. I'm sure you can find out more info

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    2012 Accomplishments:

    Completed my first longer-distance Mtb rides: Moco Epic 50 miler, 9 Hours of Cranky Monkey, 12 hours of Quantico, and a few 4-5 hour solos. Got married. Happily married.

    2013 Goals:
    Finish the 2 100milers I entered: Mohican 100 in June and the SM100 in September.
    Complete the MS 150mile ride
    Race as many XC races as possible
    Get more girls into the Single Speed class, so I'm not bored and alone.
    Get through my crazy mental blocks when I start to bonk
    Work on Downhill switchbacks.
    Ride as much as possible

    This is all going to be an interesting year. My husband is in the Army and we were just moved from VA/D.C. that is close to everything MTb to Ohio, where there aren't hills for about 6 hours of driving. It;s going to take a lot, but we also have no where to go out all night either. Much less drinking this year!

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    ^ Katie, where in Ohio? Anywhere near Cleveland? There's Ray's Indoor MTB Park for the winter months. It does stink you'll have elevational challenges, though. Pump tracks, perhaps?

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    we're in Dayton at WPAFB.. Ray's is closer then it used to be, but still 3.5 hours or so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes View Post
    This thread is full of win.

    There is nothing better than a late night summertime ride! Yummy!
    night rides ARE awesome. i'ts a little scary on technical trails, but its a whole 'nother experience worth trying!
    fap

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    +100000!!! I cannot wait for summer night rides!!

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    Bike and trainer made it. In fact they would have been here upon arrival if the Army hadn't changed my location last minute. I'm spending 6 days a week on the trainer and supplementing that with 3-4 days of running and 4 days of gym stuff. I think the cross training is really helping me maintain my fitness as well as combating the boredom! I just need to find my long movies for my weekend "long ride!"

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    glad to hear it! let us know how it's going! stay safe

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    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!!

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    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.

    Since I am very new I have lots of goals but here is where I am starting.
    2013 Goals Part 1:

    Learn basic bike maintenance (going to a class tonight)

    Learn more advanced bike maintenance (next month -Over three weeks will cover how to take apart, rebuild and place back together the front end of the bike, brakes, seat, pedals, rebuild/tune and the drive train.-I like knowing how stuff works, what it's called and how to fix it. )

    Build up my ride time and distance (snow better melt soon)
    Learn to lift the front wheel (am getting better at this already)
    Learn to go over obstacles
    Learn to track stand (I managed 30 seconds yesterday!)
    Signed the kids up for a kids mb workshop that parents are encouraged to particpate in (starts in May)
    Join Alaska Dirt Diva's (checks in the mail)

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