Much of my biking experiences have been pretty tame up until this point. Casual rides through a neighborhood here, a short trip on a paved path there- but my chill biking life was turned upside down last weekend when my friend Emil stuck me on a mountain bike in Lake Hope State Park.
With a borrowed bike and a helmet strapped to my head, Emil followed close behind with his GoPro, recording every second of my first mountain biking experience. Lucky for you, the GoPro not only caught my many epic biking fails, but it also picked up our goofy conversations and lots of laughter. That being said, I’m just going to leave this uber embarrassing video here…
So I’m clearly no professional when it comes to mountain biking; I actually sucked at it. None the less, I learned so much about the sport from riding the trail all day. It’s a real adrenaline rush AND a fantastic workout- I can’t wait to bike again a little closer to home!
Hocking Hills Cool Down
As with any physical activity, a cool down is essential to avoiding cramped muscles the next day. Hocking Hills State Park was just a short drive from the mountain bike trials, so naturally, Emil and I took a quick detour to walk off our ride. Man, was it worth it!
The park was nothing like I’d ever seen before- we were awestruck by its enormous cliffs, beautiful blue water, thick and thin waterfalls and friendly trail dogs. I’m so glad we stopped before embarking on our 3-hour drive home.
You can see a few of our photos here, but be sure to follow me on Instagram for the rest! And if you’re itching for more mountain biking videos, I’ll point you to Emil’s YouTube channel– he may or may not have some supplemental footage of my fails… 😉