A new way to ride…
28 Sep, 2011
For as long as I can remember, snowboarding has been my main passion. I’ve made my dreams come true with year round riding and never thinking twice about it. I figured since I was so passionate about snowboarding, I’d probably wouldn’t find another sport that would make me feel the same way. In reality, I haven’t put down the snowboard long enough to really experience anything else. Most of my previous summers meant long drives to a patch of snow or moving to Hood to work at Windells Camp so I could ride everyday. I loved it but this summer I was ready for a break. The snow patches were a bit harder to get to, flights to Portland weren’t as affordable and I figured why not enjoy summer?
The timing was right with a Bike Park in my backyard and a used Giant Reign mountain bike for $600. I was determined to finally give mountain biking a chance.
I started out on the easiest trail at Mammoth, Downtown. I lapped it a couple times to get the hang of being back on a bike, luckily the trail taught me the basics of riding on sand (something very common at Mammoth) and once I felt more comfortable, was ready for the next level. After that I rode Big Ring, another easy trail that has a lot more trails and single track. Despite being a green, it was a trail that pushed my riding. After that, I stepped it up to the next level with Juniper, a blue trail that I had to traverse across the mountain to get to and offered a lot more rocks, sandy riding and my first wooden bridges!
By the time I rode the gondola to the top with my mountain bike, I was very comfortable on trails and riding Off the Top trail was a very comfortable ride despite being a more challenging no-error trail in the top portion. I now lap that trail for fun by myself and it’s one of my favorites on the mountain. A couple weeks ago, I finally stepped it up to the big leagues…I rode my first jump line black diamond trail and my first double black diamond full on downhill trail with paver turns, wall rides, drops and jumps. It was scary, heart pounding and adrenaline pumping riding but the most fun I’ve had all summer. It meant a summer of progression, starting on green trails in early July to riding double blacks in late August. This summer I learned to ride bridges, paver turns, sandy spots, handling over rocks, drops and did my first wall ride on the deep end.
Unfortunately a bruised heel ended my mountain biking earlier this month and I’m already missing the ride time. It’s crazy how when you find a passion, you just want to keep doing it no matter how long it’s been in your life. I’m already stoked for the next mountain biking adventure and getting back on the bike next summer.
Do you have other passions that occupy your non-snowboarding time or is it just snowboarding all the time?