I haven't done a very good job of following my doctor's advice after Wednesday's little mishap. Taking it easy sounds good, but there are so many good opportunities to get outside. So it was that "taking it easy" has consisted of a 25-mile ride on my road bike Thursday, a 3-mile run Friday, and a 4-hour mountain bike clinic on Saturday.
In reality, the only casualty from the first two activities was Jeff's sympathy. It's hard to milk an injury when you ignore it to do something fun. The mountain bike clinic, on the other hand, resulted in a few new scrapes and a very unhappy shoulder, but it was worth every milligram of ibuprofen.
Put on by Team Revolution, a women's cycling group, this clinic was exactly what I needed. I wasn't aline, either; there were around 40 women of different ages and levels of experience. There were grade school girls and several ladies who looked to be about my mom's age. Skill levels ranged from a woman just learning to ride a bike to some ladies I've seen at local races. The instructors helped us work on a variety of skills in a big field. I've got great friends who have given me a ton of helpful hints and pointers, but it was great to have a chance to practice some old and new skills in isolation and have someone right there watching to tell you what you were doing wrong and what you needed to change.
Here are some of the things we worked on:
*lifting the front wheel
*lifting the back wheel
*bunny hops (I can bunny hop!)
*racheting the pedals
After practicing these in a large group, we split into three smaller groups to work on putting the skills into practical use weaving around obstacles, clearing obstacles, and maintaining your line on a narrow path. This was followed up by a Q&A for schwag from The Alpine Shop, and then we hit the trails.
Again we split, this time into beginner, intermediate, and advanced groups. I went with the intermediate group, where it was kind of nice to feel like on of the stronger riders. This riding was more like the riding I do with my friends, except that I wasn't way behind everyone else. :) A friend of mine went with the advanced group, and she said they spent a lot of time worked through more technical spots in the trail. That would've been good, too.
I did have several slow-speed falls bc I couldn't get unclipped in time, but nothing bad. Just embarrassing. Getting my left foot out is very natural, but the right foot is harder for me. Practice, practice, practice. And I'm so glad I didn't play it safe and stay home. I learned a ton. It's so cool that these women who are all impressive riders and racers are willing to take the time to share what they know with people who are learning. I had considered not renewing my Team Rev membership bc it's hard for me to regularly make it to their group rides and such, but I'm going to stick with them. It's definitely an organization I want to be a part of.