Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
Originally Posted by NayBreak
Originally Posted by bounceswoosh @skiNEwhere
and I rode Keystone today and both upped our game a bit. I had a GoPro set to 2 second photos for much of it, meaning I have literally thousands of photos to sort through. Here's what I've discovered: the most technical, gnarliest bits - the parts where we both walked it through, talked it through, and even repeated a few times to be able to ride it - still look like nothing much in the photos. ARGH!
MTB POV shots drive me nuts. You're riding what certainly looks and feels gnarly, and then you go to watch it and...fizzle.
I'm currently working on the world's longest trip report - with photos! - for yesterday. @skiNEwhere has some video, too. I think he worked third shift, rode bikes all day, and then went straight to third shift again, in which case I certainly hope he's sleeping right now.
LOL I literally just woke up 45 minutes ago!
Originally Posted by bounceswoosh
Last bit of Cowboy Up rock garden
There was another technical rock section that we sessioned. Again, I was just going to walk it, but skiNEwhere decided to ride it. His first two attempts were not entirely successful, but in the meantime, I worked up my nerve and decided I could ride it (those 9" of travel on my downhill rig are awfully confidence inspiring). SkiNEwhere said that he half wanted me to make it, and half didn't, and I totally understood. The problem was that the entrance had a rock that created a ledge and then there were two rocks that formed a pinch. It just plain looked intimidating and tended to get you to do stupid things in an attempt to avoid those bits at the top. As I stood at the top, I saw the solution: don't look at the intimidating bits at the top. Look straight ahead to the bottom of the section. And when I did that, it all just worked and I rolled right through the whole thing without a problem. So then SkiNEwhere rode it one more time, after I'd explained my "brilliant" tactic, and he made it, too. There was much rejoicing.
Not quite clearing it
bounceswoosh giving "expert" advice
When we finally got to the main section of Paid in Full and Money, it was all swoopy flow trail with lots of low-consequence tabletops scattered in. A couple of the banked turns on Paid in Full are steep enough to give me serious pucker factor, enough that I remember yelling "Oh SH*T!" and then "Oh JESUS!" about 5 seconds apart from each other. Kinda like a roller coaster. Super fun.
We got back to the lift with minutes to spare before they closed down. This time, skiNEwhere was up for riding the blacks again and reinforcing what we'd learned. Me, I was pooped and just wanted to get to the bottom without hurting myself. I felt I needed to take it down a notch (as per A Conversation with Fear). Plus, I wanted to see what Eye of the Tiger felt like after doing those more intense rides. Specifically, that one root drop in the middle of a turn that I'd been unwilling to ride earlier in the day. And hey, SkiNEwhere hadn't had a chance yet to ride Eye of the Tiger without a flat. So we rode Eye of the Tiger, and honestly, I was exhausted, but it was still fun as hell. I had this weird two-brain experience; whenever I got to a technical piece, I had both the memory of it being scary, and the memory of riding things just so much scarier than what I was on. My only real problem was that I was so tired that I kept sitting down on the saddle and being super lazy with bike handling, so everything felt pretty off kilter. This time, having learned that Wild Thing is not for us just yet, we finished off on Boy Scouts.
Overall, a super great day. It doesn't sound like we did a lot of riding, but we really worked the hell out of the trails we rode.
Wow. Excellent write up and great TR! In regards to the second the last pic, @bounceswoosh made a bet with me that I couldn't stoppie my entire way down. So I says "hold my beer, I gots this." :) In all seriousness, I did learn quite a bit. With skiing, when it comes to skiing a technical line, you can't half commit to it. However, this DOESN'T mean you have to be super aggressive. A good analogy I can think of is with doing small drops (5-8 feet) on skis. If you go too slow, you'll just go straight down instead of landing with the trajectory of the slope, and the landing will hurt MORE.
With my first attempt, I went super slow in attempts of avoiding any injury. However this just made me endo when hitting a small rock and applying to front brakes in hopes of clearing this section at 1.5 mph's. Sometimes I think I need to remember I'm on a full suspension bike and I need to let the bike do the work, and for this to happen I need to have a little bit of speed.
I also ride a motorcycle, and there are a few parallels between the two, such as on a motorcycle, when I know there's a pothole ahead, I'm not staring directly down at it. I'm either swerving a little to avoid it, or standing on the pegs to absorb it, all while looking forward. Same applies here.
There was a little rock at the beginning that was freaking me out a little. I think BW's exact words were "F^&* that rock". So I tried again, looking forward, rolling over it, and got it.
This mtn bike thing is really starting to catch on now. This is my 4th time out, ever, and I finished up yesterday tired as hell but wanting more. After a really good day of skiing, I also feel like I'm going through withdrawal, feeling like I need more of it, well that's how I felt at work last night.
I did get a lot of gopro footage via the handlebar mount. There is a considerable amount of shaking though, more than I expected. If I put some rubber around the handlebars where the mount went, it might help a little but there will still be some shaking. I know my video editing software can compensate for this a little and I'll try and post a couple videos later tonight.