I did a full 2 hours of trail riding out at Wyanndotte County Park today. I thought I was going to do 4 laps each way, but I think I did 4 counter clockwise and 3 clockwise. On the first one, I would take it cautious and try and absorb as much as I possibly could. The second time I would ramp it up just a bit and the 3rd & 4th time I would just hit it hard. By the end of the day, I was a pretty happy camper.
There are two spots that get serious on the WyCo white loop. One is a 180 degree hairpin into a rock garden with some tricky parts and the other technical spot is four large boulders with no clear path through. There were a few other riders out there today and I again considered waiting to watch how others navigate it. What if they were also newbs and dismounted too?
Pretty sure I should just practice track standing and little front hops to navigate the rocky hairpin. I think the other obstacle is just practicing and having the balls to fail. I flipped and slammed the stem, moving the seat up a bit, too. Now, I’m on the prowl for maybe a shorter stem and some wide bars. If I’m going to be riding this thing for a while, then I need make it comfy and fast.
I’m 13th on the Strava leaderboard for the White Trail Clockwise segment. Pretty stoked since I just started a couple of weeks ago. I knew power wasn’t going to be a problem and now that I’m feeling more comfortable hitting rocks and navigating roots, hitting top 10 shouldn’t be too far (It’s about 30 seconds). I even tried an additional loop. It has a pretty technical section, but it’ll be a good addition to work on skills.
Hey this is my fourth day!