The last two posts are quite different from one another. At this point I will probably pick up a used 26" bike that is a bit higher end. 26ers are cheap in my area right now and hard to sell in the future. Probably not in the buy new category for me. The things I could take from bike to bike would be a dropper seat post, a decent saddle and a decent pair of flat pedals and shoes. Our local single track is tight trees, turns, hardpack clay loam/rocks and very rooty. I think they have flow but most bikers do not think so. The best times for the 8.3 mile race loop after being sanitized a bit is around 38 minutes with the older crowd coming in around 44-45 minutes. I currently do that loop in about 50-52 minutes.
Mtn biking is all about sweat, mud, and afterwards a good meal and time on the couch.
Mountain biking is about whatever a mountain biker chooses. A man's got to know his limitations. For me that is staying away from things that will toss me into the twilight zone. The twilight zone is where common sense goes of the window and the adreanaline rush ushers in the "go for it" braaaap bone busting attitude. Knowing that I am quite susceptible to the twilight zone causes me to intentionally avoid mud, downhill, moto and bmx. I have had my share of surgery and rehab. That pretty much leaves me with the techy puzzle solving approach that works so well for me in skiing. I figure I have about 15 years left max and don't care to spend some of it rehabing.
Sweat; Well it does seem to be about sweat and workout. I expected mountain biking to be mostly about legs like it is in skiing but I am finding that the upper body is much more involved in biking than it is in skiing. There is a fine line between staying loose with a quiet upper body yet having enough tension to keep the weight over the cranks and the arms/hands engaged. There is also that whole strategy with climbing. When to sprint to maintain momentum, what gear ratio and chain line and when to back off and spin. I am finding mountain biking to be a combination of aerobic and anaerobic workout.
A good meal and sit on the couch. Nah, too boring without a TV. Meal, yeah sounds good. Mother Nature? Mother Nature does not make decent beer.
I was curious about how many miles of mountain biking I have in now. The best I can figure is about 350 but less than 400 miles of single track. Well short of 1000 miles for sure.
I will definitely be going back to skiing this year much more physically fit than I have ever been for the start of a ski season. So much so that I am probably sliding back to the cult side and dusting off the telemark gear. I may not alpine much this year.