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Sometimes you own the trail, sometimes...

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...the trail owns you.

Yesterday I got owned. I went out to the trusty Stowe Town Loops and rode "Stickland" for whatever reason I couldn't do anything right. I didn't get hurt (much), but I did feel the urge to kick my bike down a steep hill. Every root that I could spin a tire on, I did. Every rock that I could hook a pedal on got hooked and every piece of moss that I could slide on I slid on. It was one of those rides that just made me feel like I suck at riding.

Today I went back out to the Town Loops and rode "The Waterfall" and "Pebble Beach" both of which are much harder than Stickland. Somehow, the rode approached perfection. I rode everything without even so much as a dab. Just one of those things.
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Thanks for sharin!
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Yeah, we all have those rides when nothing comes together. Still beats work. Have you ever had your normal group of 4-5 riders all have that same day, at the same time? That's when it gets downright funny.

Sad thing is, it's happened more than once for our group.
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Yeah, we've all had those. It just makes it soooooo much better when you have the day where EVERYTHING clicks, like I had last night.
post #5 of 10
Sometimes, you're the pigeon. Usually, you're the statue.

I don't MTB, but I get the same thing on my roadie. There are times (usually once or twice a year) that I embark on some long hilly ride and I wind up finishing the ride wondering where all the hills went. Usually I get back from some epic ride feeling totally wiped out though.

Same thing with skiing... Every once in a while I nail a bump run and wonder "where did that come from?" Usually... not quite so pretty.
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This reminds me of our day at Kton when it was a mudfest. I lost my mojo and any confidence I had, it was not a pretty day.
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This reminds me of our day at Kton when it was a mudfest. I lost my mojo and any confidence I had, it was not a pretty day.
yeah that about the last time I felt like I couldnt do anything...

Killington lift serviced with a bike that had like 3 inches of suspension travel and 71 degree head angle and shit tires. thow in 10 inch deep mudd with roots and rider with 2 month of experince, and it will suck bad.
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yeah that about the last time I felt like I couldnt do anything...

Killington lift serviced with a bike that had like 3 inches of suspension travel and 71 degree head angle and shit tires. thow in 10 inch deep mudd with roots and rider with 2 month of experince, and it will suck bad.
you forgot torrential rains.
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...the trail owns you.

Yesterday I got owned. I went out to the trusty Stowe Town Loops and rode "Stickland" for whatever reason I couldn't do anything right. I didn't get hurt (much), but I did feel the urge to kick my bike down a steep hill. Every root that I could spin a tire on, I did. Every rock that I could hook a pedal on got hooked and every piece of moss that I could slide on I slid on. It was one of those rides that just made me feel like I suck at riding.

Today I went back out to the Town Loops and rode "The Waterfall" and "Pebble Beach" both of which are much harder than Stickland. Somehow, the rode approached perfection. I rode everything without even so much as a dab. Just one of those things.
I just got back from the latter, although it was the road I owned...

Dead tired, tossed the gear in the car and drove 5 minutes home (to avoid a really bad section of road for bikes). God to I feel great right now though .
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
This reminds me of our day at Kton when it was a mudfest. I lost my mojo and any confidence I had, it was not a pretty day.


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some days you're the worm
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