Witnessing progress

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sidewalk, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I'm in the very different, and fortunate position, of watching an adult go from a relatively sedentary lifestyle to...who knows where! (besides outdoors).

    I started dating a few months ago. The girl thought it was cool that I was into cycling, but did the usual mocking off the lycra and all that. Her brother set her up for failure as a kid (like big brothers do) and put her on a bike that wasn't mechanically sound. First ride, bike breaks and hurts her pretty bad. Now she is paranoid about bikes falling apart, even though I have told her my bikes are a long ways from the quil and stem days, and I ride my bikes harder than she likely ever will and I haven't killed myself yet. Early on into our dating I brought my Enduro with me to one of my road events so she could putz around on it while I was gone for several hours. That eventually led to her wanting to try and ride it in the dirt, and she mentioned going to Wal-Mart (!!!) to get a helmet, I vetoed that and got her a decent lid.

    I had nearly finished assembling my old trail bike into an endurance race bike. It has modern XC geo with 130mm travel, I knew that would be a good bike for her to ride. I made a point to her that if she wants to ride I'll support fully but she has to do it for herself and not because I ride and she wants to ride with me. Swears it has nothing to do with me, she just wants to try it.

    After a few rides she started complaining about comfort issues, so I bought her a proper cycling chamois...much to her dismay. But she said what the hell and tried wearing Lycra on a bike...shocker that it was comfortable :laugh:

    Several rides later she kept trying to compete with herself on the same route in the dirt, I could tell she was getting faster but she wasn't sure as she kept stopping her Fitbit and forgetting to restart it or whatever. Now she is on Strava and seeing her progress. Of course, that means pushing herself even harder. But the segments don't lie, she is getting faster.

    I was riding behind her when she had her first decent get off. Little shook up, but got back on and finished the ride with minor bruising. Didn't hesitate to go back out again a day or so later.

    A couple of days ago she asked if she could try my XC bike. I told her she could, but...be careful...it's fast! She didn't know exactly what that meant of course, being new. But that is one of the best performing bikes I have ever ridden going both up AND down hill, I would be happy if it was the only bike I ever got to ride again (even happier that isn't the case!). She stormed up the hill and back down, even dealing with inattentive hikers and other riders, she was WAY faster. Then turned around to do a little more extra credit. On the way back down...she had her first real wreck, she has now experienced the suck of MTB. Looking back at the data she had a higher top speed descending as well as faster climbing.

    Been a few days of recovery, but she is looking forward to riding again. But now it looks like I am not selling my old race bike after all as planned. Bright side, an excuse to have a B bike :sneaky:

    But it has been fun watching someone go from nothing, to enjoying the sport and improving.

    Also, riding a pro level XC bike as basically your first experience into the sport isn't exactly fair... :gag:
     
  2. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Great story, I hope she sticks with it, and likes it for what it is!!!
     
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Lovn' this! :thumbsup:
     
  4. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
  5. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    You own homegrown MTB Hottie!
     
  6. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    3 Times SC, Oh My.
    She’ll be ready for hellacious ride by next year!
     
  7. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    I see this as progress in the relationship :thumbsup:

    That aside, there’s nothing like the exuberance of a noob. :geek: De facto guides taking on apprentices is a longstanding tradition in mountain sports, a powerful symbiosis. If the team can end (or begin) the day with indoor sports, all the better :sneaky::inlove:
     
  8. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    I don’t know @Sidewalk it sounds like she might be a keeper:thumbsup:.
     
  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Table tennis!
     
  10. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    Hopefully, we would not want any new curbs in this world.
     
  11. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Paddling the balls just sounds iffy.
     
  12. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    This is the best. ya gotta love the transition. Thank you for sharing.
     
  13. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Better than a rags to riches story! I hope she sticks with it!