I have met the mountains and I have found my home in the mountains. I have seen the mountains closely and I have merged with the soul of the mountains – the wind, the wildlife, the valleys and the rivers. To pick a trail and to make my own – I have not experienced anything as soulful as my rides in the mountains. Mountain biking is not just a passion for me but food for my soul. As the mountains call out to you, you have to make sure that you make the most of your experience. There are a number of people who end up ruining their mountain biking experience because of silly mistakes they make. Once you are fully aware of the technicalities and the externals that go into a good biking trip, you can experience heaven on Earth when you hit a trail. Tough trails are all about balance and if as a kid you practiced the art of balancing on your balance bike, you would be aware of the importance of balancing when on a trail. In order to get your balance right, it is very important to stay fit.
As a seasoned mountain biker, you ought to ensure that you are always in shape to take on a trail confidently. A few minutes of yoga would give you phenomenal results and would keep you quick and skills polished till you decide to take rest at the end of the day. If you’re the kind who likes to party, you would need to be a little conscious about drinking too much. Too much drinking would add calories and you need to make sure that you work out enough so as to shed the extra weight you might have acquired in your drunken haze the other night. On a serious note, you should never ignore your work out regime and take in a lot of fluids. Liquid diets on trails can keep your light and energetic for extended periods of time. You should be able to ride just as well with a backpack as without one. Therefore ensure that you travel light. Carry your safety gear along and do not for a moment ignore safety when on the trail. If you can think of that scene in movie, ’Finding Private Ryan’ where a soldier is hit on the helmet with a bullet and removes the helmet in the realization of being alive and is hit right in the head at the very moment with a bullet again, you would realize the importance of safety gear.