Making a come back

This year, Thanksgiving was pretty great.  I had my 21st birthday, ate a ton of turkey and more importantly, went riding after a long hiatus.  My first moto was pretty standard: first lap gets the bike nice and warm, looked over the jumps, and got a feel for the dirt that day.  After a few laps of getting used to the new track layout, I threw down a few sprint laps.  That whole time, I was grinning ear to ear and it reminded me why this sport is the greatest in the world.

I try to stay in good shape when I can’t ride, but there is no better training than seat time.  As the day went on, braking bumps developed and the turns were getting chewed up.  My fitness off the track was pretty good, but riding was kicking my ass.  I learned very quickly that you can run as long as you want and rep out as much as you can, but if you are not riding regularly, you simply will not be in the right condition.  I am definitely feeling my riding muscles were put to use as I am pretty sore today.

Another thing that was interesting was that my timing was a bit off.  Setting up for corners was sometimes a little awkward and I occasionally over shot jumps.  Nothing too “goonish”, but nonetheless, it was the little things that were frustrating because I knew I was better than that.  Anyone who has had a major lay off or injury knows what I am talking about.  You know you can ride better, but you just can’t seem to put it together.  This plays with you mentally and you end up trying to push harder, putting yourself more at risk for another injury.

For the most part, I tried to play it safe and just enjoy the day.  After all, I was on the bike and I shook the rust of pretty quickly.  However, coming back after a long hiatus is challenging.  Getting back into riding shape takes time and requires you to be patient.  You have to remind yourself that it will take some time get back into your normal rhythm and it will come back.  It is better to take it slow than try to go wide open just to get hurt again.  Just remember that it is for fun and be thankful you are riding again!

Posted on Nov 29 2010, under Training | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Making a come back”

  1. Wise beyond your years !

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