I have become a little obsessed with mountain biking. It has become my new favorite sport and way to workout. It works your whole body, which is weird, I know. Your arms get a way bigger work out than you would think. They brace you as you go downhill, and they have to stay strong as you maneuver over and around obstacles. Your core has to keep your body upright to prevent you from riding in odd positions. Your legs get the brunt of it, working to pedal up hill and support you as you stand going downhill.
There is so much more to it than just being able to ride a bike. There are logs, roots, and rocks that all become obstacles, just waiting to knock you off and onto the ground. These guys get me more often than they should. A huge part of getting over the obstacles has to do with confidence. If you are unsure if you are going to make it, you probably aren’t. If you go in with the mind set that you can, you can often go right over it, within reason of course.
The best part about biking is being able to bring Dizzy along. She loves to be outside and loves to explore. Dizzy gets really hot really fast, so we have to plan our routes where there is water periodically for her to hop into. It doesn’t matter if it is 80 degree or thirty degrees outside, she will lay down in the water. I don’t mind, as long as she is happy! Unfortunately, she cut her paw pad when we were riding the other day, so I can’t take her while these heal. I’m not sure how it happened, and I feel so bad! We stopped by the veterinarian on the way home to make sure she was ok!
Dizzy gets really tired after riding, which makes me feel great. I spend so much time working that I feel like she doesn’t get enough love. I try to make our time together as meaningful as possible!
If you can, get out and go biking in your area with some friends or find a local bike shop. It is something you won’t regret!