|Some may recognize where this is from...but no one in NC!|
So, all the things I'm NOT good at tend to add up on the ol' trails. All that being said, I think I hold my own pretty well. I'm not afraid of crashing, which means a lot on the trails. I'm afraid in the sense that it would hurt, but I recognize the likelihood of actual injury is much smaller than on the road. If a handlebar catches a tree at 10mph I am less worried about the consequences than if my wheels slide out at 45mph on a downhill while cruising on the roadie.
The physiological demands are also different on a mountain bike. Lots of spikes in power. LOTS. It actually reminds me most of road racing. A good bit of coasting, a lot of hard, short efforts and relatively little "cruising along." I assume that as you improve skill-wise it likely smoothes out but I have certainly not hit that point yet.
While I may not be as bold as (for example, this guy)
some out there, I figure I can only get better! Next week brings some more of the same training-wise but also some Thanskgiving! Yay for being out of work a day next week! That is always fun.
Also, here's a brief (and not as cool as the above) video I made this week of a very quick part of a ride on Friday.