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Off-road adventures, video.

Monday, December 7, 2009 by  
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Today is leg day, and squats are going to be a particular challenge because I banged myself up a little bit yesterday. Lisa and I went back out to Big Tree to explore the off-road trails in the area. We had an incredibly good time, but I manged to flip my bike at the end of one run. I wasn’t seriously hurt, but I got scraped up a little bit and had the wind knocked out of me. My right hip, shoulder and wrist are hurting a little bit this morning, but I don’t think any of it is serious enough to alter my weight training workouts.

Now I know some of you are probably thinking “Why would you risk sustaining an injury that might cause you to not be able to lift weights?” The answer is very simple: because trail riding is really, really fun! I love weight training, but I no longer care about lifting weights simply for aesthetics. I’ll always lift because I enjoy it, but I also want to be strong and in good enough shape to perform well at other athletic activities. I’m brand new to the mountain biking scene (yesterday was my first real trail ride), but I had so much fun that I can already tell that mountain biking is going to become a major part of my life. As much fun as the long bike rides on paved trails have been, they are boring compared to the excitement I felt yesterday.

Oh, and the cardio workout – wow! Riding along a paved trail, even at a good clip, is nothing like off-road mountain biking from a cardio standpoint. I’m in excellent cardiovascular shape, and I was still breathing very hard through all of the trail runs. It’s one heck of a workout, but it’s so much fun you don’t even think about how hard you’re working. I’m seriously thinking about selling my recumbent stationary bike because I can’t imagine ever wanting to use it again.

Of course I have some high-definition helmet cam video from the ride! In this video you’ll see that we rode a couple different trails: the first trail was a little too advanced for us, but the other trail had some nice challenges for our level of skill. As I mentioned above, I managed to flip my bike and knock the wind out of myself at the end of one run and that’s in the video. I hope you enjoy it! By the way, for a bigger HD version of the video, watch it in my media thread here.

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