Monday, July 22, 2013

San Lee Trail

I went for my third straight day of mountain biking hoping I had more energy than I did on Friday and Saturday.  We went to San Lee County Park and I decided I was going to try some things that I had been avoiding- in particular Bouldergeist and the 1 mile super-technical rock garden known as Free Fall.  I have never been able to make the turn going down Bouldergeist.  I tried it twice, first taking the wide outer turn and getting knocked off the bike and hitting my left ankle really hard on some part of bike (enough to get a new cut) and then trying the sharper inside turn and jumping off my bike so I didn't fall.  Still too shaky and nervous and braking too hard to make this turn but I am determined to attempt it every time I go there now.  It's been over a month since I was there and I wish I had more time to get there more often to practice because it's more fun every time (even when I fail to clean a section!).  There is video of my two attempts but it's not meant for the public.  After that, the ride was going pretty well and I was feeling much stronger than the previous two days.  The San Lee trail has a lot of little names for the "Difficult" sections and the next section to best me is called "The Ledges". I can never seem to make it past the biggest ledge and get stuck there.  But it's close, I can see myself cleaning this section and I just have to keep trying.  After that it was The Gauntlet which is a difficult section full of baby rock heads.  For the most part, I feel like I'm floating over this section, I finally figured out how to ride through the baby rock heads- I no longer see them as "STOP" or obstacles, I just think I can roll over them and 99% of the time I do now!  The only tough part is I'm using 100% of my energy and the last section of The Gauntlet is an uphill baby rock head section that I just don't have the energy to get through.  Some day, all of it will come together- the technical skills, the speed, the endurance and the strength! I think that day is pretty far away though.  After this section, we made the decision to finally do Free Fall.  The Very Difficult and Most Difficult sections of the San Lee trail.  And for the first time ever, I think I actually biked 70% of Free Fall and it was really fun.  The biggest challenge was Area 51 which has these huge rock steps that I haven't figured out how to ride. I also had problems going over the bigger rocks (20-25"), I think I just can't visualize how I would get my bike over the rock and keep moving at the same time and then roll down the rock into an even rockier looking section.  Donn Otte put a7great video together of him cleaning all of Free Fall and I'm still amazed when I watch it because he makes it look like a piece of cake.  Some day!  It was an awesome Sunday, an awesome bike ride and a good way to end my weekend. Happy riding.


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