A local bike shop is putting on a mountain bike festival RIGHT.HERE, and husband keeps insisting I'd do 'awesome' in the XC race. So I'm kinda sorta considering it. Maybe.
Of course I don't even know what the course entails yet, and like me husband hasn't even BEEN to a race so I'm extremely skeptical of how the heck he comes up with this 'awesome' bit.... not to mention all the frapping climbing, which I suck at... OK OK, I suck at downhill too. Trust me, I come by my nom de guerre honestly.
Anyway, besides the obvious "what the...." reaction, does anyone have a 'mountain bike racing for total lame dummies' link? I just don't know what to expect.
And I'm still not convinced I'm going to sign up for it. I've trained like h3!! in years gone by, peeling off every pound I could and spanking up that ridge 2-3 times a week, and I was STILL hideously slow. I'm convinced I have athletically depressing genes.
And there's a bigger, much more nagging issue. This is going to sound just incomprehensibly strange to some I'm sure, but maybe there's someone else out there that gets it... I am really really really not sure if I want to have definitive public proof that I am so spectacularly mediocre (or worse) at an activity so near and dear to my heart . I mostly ride solo, and my bike time has evolved into a somewhat sacrosanct mental-health-tuneup plus "I can handle the wilds alone because I am strong, even when the rest of life is exploding for reasons beyond my control" intermezzo.
Do I really want to "taint" my sanctuary with (most likely very craptacular) racing, or is each compartmentalized away from one another, or do they coexist happily?
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