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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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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    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
    Sounds very familiar Not sure what happened this year, but I'm laying off the brakes more, which is just awesome because it means more speed. However, I'm still hitting the corners at too fast of a speed, so my form is suffering on them and I'm losing my speed there. I'm also still hesitant on the steeps so I'm on the brakes too much there.

    Falling is healthy, well, relatively.. had two falls this year (one earlier after cleaning a log pile, one yesterday in the sand), and I find I hurt the next day, not the day of the fall. Do you find this is the case too? It doesn't affect my confidence, just really sore the next day.

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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.
    "Yes, honey: I do love this bike more than I love you."

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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!
    I drank the 29er koolaid- turns out it was POWERade

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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.
    "Yes, honey: I do love this bike more than I love you."

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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 PixieChik View Post
    HEy, how about riding with emotionally immature people? I'm fun, too!
    Yes, that would be fine It's the people who take their riding way too seriously who were stressing me out. I wrote a recent blog on my grom buddy. I'll let you know when it's posted if you want to read it.

    Been re-evaluating some riding buddies, gotten more picky about who I ride with because my ride time has gotten to be more valuable.

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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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