SOMEWHERE ALONG THE TRAIL MY SOULBROTHER PETE AND I misappropriated a line from The Man From Snow River. There's a scene where the young buckaroo cowboy shows up the villains, and the allknowing wise old man says...
'Im n 'is 'orse are mountainbred.
Any time we raced, any time we rode on the edge of oblivion, we'd pump up with our best 'strailyun accents
'Im n 'is bike are mountainbred.
But, it was true.
We were mountainbred.
It was all we rode.
At the time, I didn't even own a road bike. And it showed.
Everything was second nature.... jumping, skidding, turning, no-braking, ridiculous speed... it was easy, flowy and relaxed...
... and the climbing, oh lordy, the climbing was effortless.
But that was then, and today was... painful.
The first mile or 2 of our 9mile3000foot time trial climb was discouraging. The position felt off. The power, limited. It was just a grind. Not fun. It had been too long.
... what am I thinking proclaiming that this is going to be a mountain bike year?...
But, a funny thing happened on the way to the top... as Chris and I climbed and chatted about "life"...
... I started to feel better, I settled in, found my groove, and got a glimpse of that mountainbredness.
... the last 2 miles were exquisitely awful, perfectly terrible... a sensational sensation, confirming this very real fact...
... there is betterness with specialization, maybe not greatness, but clearly to get a lot better it takes a lot more focus.
The great Eddy Merckx encouraged piles of miles, to that I add -> on the bike you'll be racing... only then will it all become second nature, only then will I once again be mountainbred.
One thing I've always loved from my original MTB days is a superlite fullfinger glove... you know the kind you can wear even on a hot day, the kind that are so thin you forget your wearing a glove at all...
I know we shouldcould and onedaymight increase the price on these by 50%, but until then you can get 'em delivered for less than 20 bones.
Crazy, I know.
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