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Entries in Mountain Bike (2)

Sunday
Jun262011

Short Summer Photo Essay

Near our Farm is Broadview Ranch. I often ride my mountain bike there. They run a true free range chicken operation there. I visited one of the free-range wagons where they found my Specialized Epic 29" very interesting.

"Chickens inspect mountain bike".

This year the early summer has been very rainy with moderate temperatures. The 'first cutting' can very late and yielded a bumper crop of round bales. Here is one such view on Pagents Hill road near us:

A bumper crop of round bales on Paget's Hill Road:

Around the farm you might stop in the photographer's golden hour to shoot some color:

On weekends we usually go for a trail ride on the Rockbrdge Hunt territory:

And certainly, there is mountain bike riding at Douthat State park. In the shot below, I am about a mile into the trail known as mountain side trail. It bypasses the very steep, mountain top trail; but, it is a classic east coast single track:

 

Here is a view of the lake at Douthat, enjoy!

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun152011

Climbing with the Mind

A view of Douthat Lake from Middle Mountain Trail (a pretty good climb on a Mountain Bike).

There is a frequently told story, or urban legend, about a man who dies upon being locked in a walk-in freezer, despite the fact it was unpowered and the interior was room temperature. The point is followed up with the idea that the mind ‘creates the universe’.  Unfortunately this is a myth or urban legend; however, there are a number of well-known mind-body connections that pay a role in athletics and exercise.

It is generally believed that when you are moving (or biking) uphill, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) of your brain says ‘slow-down’ or sends a message of fatigue. This is an energy-saving survival mechanism. As Dr. Hauss describes in his book, The Buddha’s Brain, the PNS is perpetually scanning for danger and we need to conserve our energy so we can run away from sabre tooth tigers on the savanna.

So when you are biking up a long, intimidating hill the message of fatigue is sent to your brain and your body experiences a false or induced sense of fatigue. This can be especially true in mountain biking on narrow single track. Around my neck of the woods, in areas such as Douthat or North Mountain, there are short sections of very steep trail that you must power into.  The net result is that a 200 watt effort will feel or seem like a 300 watt effort.

In my experience this dissipates with time. There are many hills, previously perceived impossible, that I can pedal, bottom to top, without stopping to push. Plus, you can gauge your visual-visceral response to the terrain by examining your perceived efforts. Again this is something that is improved with meditation. Unfortunately, meditation will not add very much conditioning something. You will still need to power up those hills.