The day finally arrived.
I got back to Rosaryville.
I decided about 10:00am that I would give it shot today.
It’ll sound stupid but I was nervous in the hours leading up to my ride.
I was more worried about my lungs than anything.
I’ve been putting miles in at Cedarville, but they have no hills to speak of.
I was thinking back to a year ago when I started MTBing .
I’d been going to Cedarville for a month, thought I was good with the improvements I was seeing there.
Tried Rosaryville and it kicked my ass.
I was afraid I’d have a replay of that today.
I was feeling good but I did got 20 miles in yesterday at Cedarville.
Many a time I’ve went out feeling good just to find that the legs needed a day of rest.
I decided to do the loop clockwise, although its generally easier the other way.
I wanted to see if I could make it up the power-line hill.
The legs and lungs were able but I picked a bad line and lost it on some loose gravel.
Some of my friends would have went back down and tried it again, but I still had 80% of the trail ahead of me and didn’t want to waste energy.
Rest of the loop went good.
I walked 1 of the ravines that I normally would ride, the other ravines I could never ride across anyways.
I skipped 2 of the medium sized log jumps but did ride the small ones.
The energy level was still up pretty good at the end of the ride.
I thought it was because I was riding a slower pace than normal but the ride time showed 1:01:00.
This is good for me. I think the last time I was out there I did a 1:05:00.
I got cocky and decided to go the other direction after the first loop.
I knew if I didn’t have it in me I could bail after about 2.5 miles at the picnic tables, and I did just that.
I’m going have to start carrying food and see if it helps in these situations.
I have bad eating habits, and usually don’t eat during the day.
I hadn’t had anything to eat before the ride. I know this can’t be good.
Rosaryville’s outta the way.