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This past week I got out my hybrid bike and decided to give it a try on the trails next to my house. Years ago I had ridden it on some flatter trails and loved every single minute of it.

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The trails next to my house are made from an old quarry turned into a "nature preserve." There are pine needle covered trails. Trails that all of a sudden turn to sand traps (ie. Sugar sand, ie. Bikers beware). Flat trails, root covered trails and a few hills to keep things interesting.

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The 1st night I went out I absolutely had a blast! It was 95*, humid AF  (as the kids say) but as I cruised around the single track I could NOT stop smiling. I wrapped up my ride as the sun was setting.

Two nights later I convinced my husband to ride with me. After only 1/2 a lap he deemed that was enough. Put his bike away and headed for the showers. Sigh.

I couldn't understand why he wasnt as exhilarated as I was??

Last night I asked my son if he wanted to come with me. He's so easy going that I knew he'd say yes. We cruised over to the pit and he set our course with me yelling helpful mom reminders. I'm sure he was eye rolling the whole time.

It was awesome. He led me onto trails I hadn't tried yet. I was worried about being able to keep up, but I managed.  After 1 lap it was getting darkish but we had time for one more zip around.

I took off so I could be in  the lead. I was riding the outside rim of the pit so we had a little bit more light. Unfortunately there were a lot of sand spots and loose gravel. I was good until I wasnt. I managed to dodge the sand but my tires slipped on the gravel.

Just in case you were wondering I totally screamed like a girl (because I am a girl) as I was going down. The slide of my body - left shoulder, left hip and left shin - was long enough for me to think "that's going to hurt."

When I stopped sliding I sat up and tried to shove my sweaty hair out of my face with my gravel covered hands. Not an easy feat.

I took a quick assessment.  Pretty much just brush burn stinging with the exception of my shoulder. My shoulder felt bruised but not horrible. We quickly put the chain back on my bike and finished the lap even though it would've been shorter to go home.

As I was pedaling around I got thinking -- Was the crash something that would stop me from trail riding. I quickly came to the conclusion that I still loved the thrill of the ride.

But why?

The best answer I can come up with is that this is how I was raised. My parents threw me on skis at 3 years old. The feeling of flying down a ski mountain is exhilarating and can also be scary. On a dime you can be carving out S turns as fast as can be but the minute you catch a tip all control is lost.

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A few years ago my boys and I were skiing later in the day. The ski patrol was having some sort of training on the slope we chose. I was cruising over the moguls when all of a sudden I caught something and crashed into the most epic snowball ever. It was spectacular.

Some people hold back for fear of what might happen. I guess that's not my M.O. I love the thrill of speeding down the mountain, cruising around dirt piles and pouring my heart and sweat into a chest pounding set of crazy intervals.

At some point I may need to "act my age" but not yet.

So what type of runner/athlete are you? A speed demon, a LSD lover or a mutt/hybrid?

BTW: The statement that things always look better in the morning does not apply to road rash.

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With running, I like my pain long and slow. But otherwise, I like driving fast, rollercoasters, and rode down a black diamond the first day I skied. 

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Where's the trail rash pic? They always make pretty epic photos. I have a hybrid bike also and the first time I wrecked it was due to my ex-BFs weimaraner running directly into the side of the front wheel - I was on a gravel road too. The following few crashes were due to not being able to unclip my shoes fast enough.

I'm definitely a mutt. I do like the exhilaration of running fast (when it feels good, haha) but also love those slower, long runs too. I'm not that great at running fast anymore. I'm convinced it's because I live in CO now, and not because I'm getting older.

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On 9/8/2018 at 5:36 PM, DrWhiskers said:

I would ride with you! On the bike, that is. Skiing is terrifying. 

I would love to come out and ride your trails! Skiing is awesome! Snowboarding is terrifying.  Lol

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3 hours ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

With running, I like my pain long and slow. But otherwise, I like driving fast, rollercoasters, and rode down a black diamond the first day I skied. 

Black diamonds are my favorite!! The longer a car ride is the more aggressive I drive. Good thing you guys were only in my car for short trips in Boston!

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2 hours ago, Slow_Running said:

I love fast intervals, but I also love a long slow 20 mile run. 

20 miles kill me. Probably a running partner would help.

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1 hour ago, NCAthlete said:

Where's the trail rash pic? They always make pretty epic photos. I have a hybrid bike also and the first time I wrecked it was due to my ex-BFs weimaraner running directly into the side of the front wheel - I was on a gravel road too. The following few crashes were due to not being able to unclip my shoes fast enough.

I'm definitely a mutt. I do like the exhilaration of running fast (when it feels good, haha) but also love those slower, long runs too. I'm not that great at running fast anymore. I'm convinced it's because I live in CO now, and not because I'm getting older.

Couldn't get a good picture of the trail rash.  Spans my whole left side though -- shoulder, shin, ankle and a huge bruise on my hip.

I think you definitely have the speed. Remember how easily you ran Rehoboth last year.  Just keep putting in the miles.

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I saw a t-shirt that said, "I don't know how to act my age. I've never been this age before."

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ow.. Tegaderm is what you need for that road rash.. heals much faster.. 

love speed but hate skiing.. it's odd, had a friend who climbed Mt Kenya, she loved to climb which terrified me, but would not go on a simple whitewater canoe trip with me, the water terrified her.. 

can't actually run fast anymore, so have to get on a bike to go fast.. ha ! 

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I’ve rode my motorcycle at 145 miles per hour and I’ve listened to slow music late at night while just taking in the mood and the lyrics.  I enjoy both, but the bugs hurt a lot worse at 145!

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Definitely LSD. Already thinking about those first runs post-marathon, when I can go back to allowing my thoughts to wander off wherever they want to go.  

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On 9/11/2018 at 3:39 AM, Carissa Liebowitz said:

With running, I like my pain long and slow. But otherwise, I like driving fast, rollercoasters, and rode down a black diamond the first day I skied. 

Haha on my second day of skiing my friends said I needed to learn how to snowplow to which I asked why, what’s that? “cos you need to slow down occasionally”😆

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