I just bought a mtn. bike this spring (about a month and a half ago?). I've been doing riding on local paved bike trails, and the occasional snowmobile trail, just trying to get my legs and lungs in a little bit of shape for the summer.
I'm taking a mtn. biking course through school, and today was the first time i've gone out on singletrack. What an eye opener! I didn't take any diggers, but it wasn't pretty....at all. We hit some pretty rocky areas, and lots of roots - with short climbs that have both of those scattered throughout. lots of beach sand also.
How do you guys work on your skills on roots, rocks, and going over/around stuff you come across? What about beach sand? Just practice? Any tips?
One thing though - I think I'm seriously addicted, cuz I had a blast. So much better than riding on pavement!