The mister, or as I like to call him my own personal activities director, decided we needed to add mountain biking to our activities. I have great respect for those that get out there and do stuff, and even more respect for those that are getting a wee bit older and can self-propel themselves through the lands. My man bought us a couple of e mountain bikes or as he calls them EMTBs. See the details here and for ease I am just going to call them EMTBs. Such utility and ease of use.
Now we need to understand something about me, and there are a few things, first I believe I can do anything. It isn’t true but it is really nice that I think this. Two, I am as uncoordinated as humans come. No seriously. The stories I can tell you, but I am always willing to try. So because of this sad uncoordinated condition I was not an athlete nor have I done much bike riding since I was a kid. Like grammar school kid. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been on a bike since then, it just means I haven’t spent any real time on a bike since then. We previously had regular mountain bikes and we took them with us to a race where we were camping. Jeff went on ahead and there I was just tooling along when this guy comes diagonally at me, no seriously, straight at me (in my head I was like, you gonna turn? You gonna turn? Should I turn?) and I know he saw me then WHAM! Off our bikes we went. Then he yelled at me. I know it wasn’t my fault because other people that saw us were like WTF that guy just ran right into her. I was cool until he yelled at me then I just left him on the ground and went my own way. When I caught up to Jeff he was like where did you go? Hi, it is me, of course I fell over.
Anyway, so we have these EMTBs things and Jeff had us ride out from our house to a trail. Wow, we should have bought a house in that neighborhood! It was beautiful! There was water, rocks, and actual trails. I clearly need to get to my comfort level on the EMTBs but man oh man did that make it so much easier. Now I said easier, not easy. You still have to power the bike (and not fall over). I see it as a way of meeting you half way and I am going to provide some examples. When needing to go down a hill, through a water way (with sand) then up a hill, likely on a normal bike I would have been stuck in the sand at the water’s edge. But with the EMTBs I can power through it (in theory not every time because I pause when I need more speed) and I did! I actually made it through the water and sand and up the hill or at least in the correct direction to continue up the hill. There was this one down through water then up again that I lost my momentum, hit sand and popped off the back of the bike. BUT my hands were still on the handlebars so it counts! (In Shana world it totally counts – see no falling)!
The trail part that we did was only about one mile or so and the ride from our house made a total of approximately five miles, so that is ten miles round trip that I rode yesterday on my EMTBs. I can tell you with pretty great accuracy that without the EMTBs that would not have happened. Okay, well because I had to get home it likely would have but I would not be looking forward to doing it again. And I am looking forward to another ride.
I may not be as badass as those folks that self-propel themselves through the lands but I was out there and I was working it and I was able to see a pretty place I likely would never have seen. The pedal assist is great as you can set your level from none to oh my help me!!! And going up a hill, either a dirt one or a paved one, this saved me (most of the time) from having to stand and pedal my heart out or jumping off and walking it (okay I did do this on dirt but see above regarding getting your speed up). Some may call it cheating, but he got me out there pedaling away and trying something my uncoordinated self wanted to be able to accomplish but likely wouldn’t have done if it weren’t for a little assistance. I give the EMTBs two thumbs up.
Go forth friends and do the things. All of the things. We should live a life of go, see and do. And even if you aren’t able to do the things gracefully, at least you are doing them and in this life that is all that really counts. And besides I figure of lot of the time I am comic relief for the man so we can add giggling to the go, see and do!