A year ago, I would have never guessed that I would be beginning mountain biking in Lake Tahoe. For those of you that know me, you know that my attempt to learn how to ride a bike has been a long and embarrassing journey. Seriously, when I started, I couldn’t make the turn on a sidewalk. I couldn’t start or stop. And I certainly couldn’t steer! It has only been recently that my coach (aka BF+) has taken me out on some dirt roads. And even more recent that I don’t regularly shriek while riding.
We were super stoked to go to Lake Tahoe last week. For the BF+ it’s the mecca of mountain biking – for me, I was hoping to get a little better and try some easy single track. We were both excited for our adventure and were hopeful for the possibilities.
Warning: Mountain people’s definition of a beginner trail is different than my definition of beginner. BF+ reminds me that realistically, I’m still a greenhorn. Even so, I was SHOCKED at some of these places they sent us! I was a really good sport though and only managed one spastic dismount that resulted in a little blood. I only complained a little, and quite willingly got off my bike in several places to walk it up the hills and over the rocks. (BTW that is REALLY hard!)
Here’s where we went:
- Fallen Leaf Lake loop (there were parts that I had to walk my bike – maybe we went a wrong way?)
- Gunmount Trail (there were parts of this I couldn’t ride, but other parts that were pretty – the rocky hill video is on this trail)
- Railroad Grade (a guy in the parking lot told us about this one – there was one hill on Powerline that was hard – but this trail was super fun for me – the second clip is on this trail)
- Armstrong Connector (the VERY TOP part only – I took the BF+ to ride this trail solo, but he said I could do the top part – in the video it’s the last segment)
There were some rough moments, but overall BF+ agrees that I’ve graduated from greenhorn to beginner. So, after months of arguing, I let him take off my reflectors and kickstand. He was VERY happy about that!
And I am very happy to REALLY ride a bike! This was a big deal for me – VERY out of my comfort zone, some times were VERY hard and scary – but the payoff was big in my book. I remember the moment when I thought, “Hey! I’m REALLY riding a bike – how cool is that?”
I put a few clips together with some music – I hope you enjoy! And there is a “Yay” in this video – you really have to listen hard – it was tentative on the rocky trail.
In case you’re interested, here are More Posts on Learning to Ride a Bike – The Beginning Mountain Biking Journey
And for those of you wondering about Fit Stanley, he was there. He just snuck down in the pack (he didn’t want to peek). Some of his Tahoe adventures are on FitStanley.com, but remember, I’m sending out his twins, so if you’re interested in a visit, comment on the Fit Stanley Giveaway Post.