Being a Mountain Biking Newbie… Again.

“I look and feel so attractive in bike shorts.” – no girl ever. 

Despite having to wear bike shorts, I’ve really gotten into mountain biking lately… again. A couple summers ago I was learning to ride. It was as scary as it was fun, but fun nonetheless. I’ve been wanting to get my own bike since then, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it since mountain bikes cost about a billion dollars. Flash forward to this year and I’ve finally bought my own… and have been feverishly trying to find buddies to ride with. And I have to admit… it’s been a fun to once again call all my buddies that might be home and shout, “Wanna go ride bikes?!” : ) 
My friends, Stacey and Abby have mountain bikes
and we’re all about the same level, which is nice. 
Had a fun “girls’ ride” the other day. 
Helmets, gloves, padded shorts, Camelbaks…

But only a little bit. Amador, Stacey’s husband, saves the day 
as he helps put air in all our tires! 

Yay for having tools and knowing how to use them! 
(My man-friend, an avid cyclist, was shaking his head when I told him about this. I’ve been instructed
 to buy a bike kit and am getting a crash course in bike maintenance on my next trip to see him)

I’ve found other friends that have mountain bikes as well! 
This is me and Trish… waiting for her son and hubs to re-do a section 
of the trail so they could “do the jumps”. 
We opted for selfies instead: 
I’ve also found that a more cooshy seat, like this one, 
will help keep my lady parts from being smashed… 
…always a good thing. 
I’ve also learned that as I’ve gotten a little more practice, 
I’ve gotten a little braver. And faster. 
And now falling has become a regular thing.
My roommate just had to get photos of me the other day after I came in from a ride
and a few falls. There’s a lot of dirt on me… 

She was thoroughly entertained. 
As were the dogs. 

Any other lady mountain bikers out there? 
Thoughts? Tips? 
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  1. you make bike shorts look good!

  2. haha thanks, B! : )

  3. ok seriously – how do you even make bike shorts look good?! if i didn’t love you so much, i’d hate you for this. haha. biking is freaking hard dude! i remember in high school i did this like canoeing, biking, obstacle course thing with my three friends….we started as the second team and came in dead last – like 45 minutes later after all 13 groups due to a 2 mile bike ride. haha

  4. biking hurts my butt/sit bones so so so bad! i cant go a block without already feeling it

  5. Nicole: Mine JUST now stopped hurting. I realized it when I rode on Sunday. About halfway through I was like, “My ass doesn’t hurt!!!” People kept saying it would stop, but I was beginning to think they were lying. It does though! You just have to bike more often. (I’d only gotten out about 4 times in the last 3 weeks.) Keep going! : )

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