Saturday, September 15, 2007

My first mountain bike ride


Hats off to CAMBA for collaborating with the Cleveland Metro Parks for building the first and only official mountain biking trail. I found this trail during the week when I was out on my road bike doing hill repeats at the Canal Way visitor center. And today I had the opportunity to check it out. This was my first time, since as a kid, that I rode my bike on dirt trails.
I started from my house and rode to the trail head which was a little over 4 miles from my house. I rode the short beginner loop and enjoyed the ease of the ride. I then took the intermediate loop with caution to get the feel of the difficult rolling terrain. After finishing the first loop I started my watch and rode the loop again to see how fast I could ride the loop. I rode with less stopping and walking the hills and fast enough to get my heart rate up. While maneuvering the switch backs and climbing I could feel my arms getting a good workout. I completed the 2+ mile loop in 15:03. The 15:03 is the bench mark for me to break the next time I come out and ride this fun trail.


5 comments:

Colleen said...

Mountain biking rocks! Looks like an awesome trail!

Paul said...

That is a seriously sweet trail. Congrats on getting out there.

Matt Collister said...

Something i'd like to add to my repertoire of activities as well.

Deb said...

How fun is that?! Are you hooked?

Mallie said...

Yippee. Another convert!