Just thought I'd share,
I have been doing mostly road stuff lately, but decided i needed to get my MTB out yesterday. I have not really been on it since i moved to Colorado (7 years) except two years ago I went to Steamboat and bought a lift ticket....
I went to a local trail, which i of course have never ridden, Devils Backbone. I used to think I was pretty good at bike handling. But not after yesterday.
It is a nice singletrack, but with a lot of very technical sections because of rocks. I have never had to thread myself through so many.
i walked some uphills because I did not have the momentum (or leg streagth) to make some starsteps they had. I walked some downhills because of the rocks I would have had to thread.
So of the sections i did ride, I was bashing my pedals on the rocks. I can't imagine what would have happened to me on the tougher sections.
I also crashed twice. Got some nice bruses on both shins, and destroyed both water botlle cages (I have a Cannondale Super V and my legs did that).
But in the trails defense, I was standing and talking to a couple of people who were running the loop in the other direction when this Guy on a Kona came riding by (opposite direction of me) and was handling it all quite fine.
I guess I need to get out in the dirt more to keep those bike handling skills up.
ALSO, i was reminded of one fact "Look where you want to go because you are going to go where you are looking" Don't focus on what you want to avoid, recognise it, then move your vision to where you want to be, or you will ride right into that trouble you want to avoid.