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Old 12-17-01, 11:45 AM
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Do you forget how good you are?

What I mean, is do you sometimes forget how your skills have improved? I've been doing a lot of training on my road bike lately and went mountain biking this weekend. I rode with my wife and my father-in-law (now 62). I felt great! I was pushing myself and having a great time. I was leading and hit this trail and thought, "Hey, no problem". Well, my father-in-law couldn't make the climb and fell. He got a little hurt (bruised bum) and maybe a bruised ego as well.

The thing is, I felt horrible. I was comfortable with my ability, and selfishly didn't think about him. I did, but not as much as I should have. I thought he could handle it. He usually (suprisingly) hangs with my wife and I on most trails. Of course there are some he bows out of, but this guy rides tetter-totters and 2x6 bridges and some pretty sick chutes! I've been doing a lot of training and didn't realize how much stronger I've become!

So, have you ever been training a lot and then gone riding with your friends and blown them away? Blowing everyone away would've felt great, if not for the fact that my father-in-law got hurt.
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