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Step 1: Find a mountain that have some well-maintained trails
Step 2: More often than not, take a heart-pounding cardio ride up the hill
Step 3: Strap on your armour (yes, I said armour) and hop on.
Step 4: Down you go!
Many women stop me at the armour part with a look of “why would you want to do something that requires armour to keep you safe???”. At which point I explain that I feel more safe on the trails then I do on the street.
On a recent ride from my kids school to home, I rode (armour-free) along the roads. After being passed my my second dump truck and the fifth slightly faster than the speed limit car, I did what no self-respecting biker would do…I got on the sidewalk. I was terrified!
In the trails its just you, the trees, rocks and roots. It can be as scary or tame as you want it to be. I don’t careen down the hill (though many a guy has whizzed past me at a speed I can’t fathom), and I don’t crawl. There are drops and jumps in many trails, and yes I do some of them, but only if it seems right for me. And although I find it really fun to watch them, I DO NOT do those insane things you see in the YouTube videos!
I find it exhilarating, and the workout is amazing without having to remember a complicated cardio routine in the aerobics room. If you know me at all, coordination and choreography is not my strong suit!
My short-term biking plans include the bike park at Whistler and the Fraser Mountain Biking Association ladies event. So look forward to me convincing you to try this wonderful sport, and maybe one day you’ll join me!