So yesterday in Bukit Timah trail during one of those slow-motion moments when you know you're going down and you're just wondering how bad it's going to be, I thought to myself "wtf am I doing this mountain biking nonsense for?"
Luckily, despite the presence of a load of rocks and other gnarly stuff I landed on my butt and it looks like I'll get away with just a big bruise.
I was simply trying to take a corner too fast for my skill level and couldn't unclip in time and so down I went. But I still had a blast during my two hours or so in the trails and I'm not going to stop as I've just signed up for the Mongolia Bike Challenge !
Am I ready for what promises to be a truly epic and brutal experience in the wilds of Mongolia? Seven straight days of racing 150km+ with over 1,500m of climbing every day ... on a mountain bike. Probably not, but too late now! There's a lot to do between now and the September 1 start date, including learning how to service my bike myself. It would help if I knew how to turn on my suspension ...
My status as a newcomer to the dirty world was affirmed when I rolled to a halt at home after yesterday's ride and I realised I'd done the whole thing three hours with my front suspension turned off! I guess my Specialized Epic 29er doesn't need it.