I pushed past my fears and found my mountain biking joy. A few mantras ago I let you know about a mountain bike certification course that was in the works. Well, I DID IT! You are looking at a PMBI Level I Certified Mountain Bike Instructor.
And let me tell you...it was HARD! I expected the course to be challenging but I had no idea the roller coaster of emotions that would ensue. Super highs and super lows all related to my personal bike riding abilities. Not only were we being taught how to breakdown skills, structure and teach a lesson, but our riding was also being critiqued. I haven't pushed myself this far outside of my comfort zone in a very long time. It was challenging. It was WORTH IT!
We (my husband Jeff and myself) drove to Golden, BC for a long weekend of riding and learning. Jeff rode the trails while I dove in on the course. Our campsite was rad, right next to the river that runs through Golden. There was a bike path from our campsite to the bike shop Higher Ground Sports where we met each morning. A little bit of biking heaven. Wake up, ride, ride more, ride back to camp, eat, sleep. Perfect.
We had three days of some of the most fun trails I've been on. Golden is a mecca for mountain bike trails that are accessible right from town...everything from XC to DH right at your fingertips. But keep in mind, if you aren't accustom to riding uphill (me, that's totally me) you will need to find your rhythm quickly and hope your little chicken legs can keep up.
Pedal little chicken legs, pedal.
Besides learning to actually pedal uphill correctly, this course gave me a chance to focus on my riding, turn off my phone and push myself to new levels. I don't associate myself as an 'er' of many things. But I do consider myself a mountain bike'er'. When you are being critiqued on the one sport you think you are an 'er' at, it's challenging, frustrating and down right hard.
Thank goodness for our last day, shuttle day! Downhill riding is what I love and it gave me a confidence boost that was greatly needed. I was over thinking and over analyzing my riding all weekend long and felt like a beginner all over again. I needed to get out of my own head and just ride.
IT WORKED! Turns out I can still ride my bike!
By the end of this course I not only gained my certification, I became a better rider and understand the delicate balance of taking and giving constructive feedback to increase your riding abilities.
Because of PMBI and David (our kickass instructor) I now have what it takes to lead other women to their mountain bike greatness!
Let's go ride!
Post by Sarah White, Outsiety Founder