Ride #1 of the 2012 happened last night out at BuRP (Blue River Parkway). I got out of work a touch early to pick up some riding gloves from my mother-in-law (THANK YOU!) and got in some miles before meeting up with the rest of the group behind the Sand Trap at 6pm.
I usually ride some of the harder trails like the "wagon wheel" since my tech skills are so poor. I figure if I can be decent at those trails, anything less should be cake. At least I hope so. I managed to completely flip over the bars after getting into a deep rutted downhill and trying (unsuccessfully) to get out of it. Thankfully I'm a good crasher so I just got a little dirty and was able to laugh for a bit about it.
When all met up a 6, we headed over the section of trails that are further north than I go. I just didn't quite know where to find them, although I rode them about a decade ago. The trails up there are super fun, and pretty tech too, so I had quite a bit of walking. It was at night, so I got to use my new trail light, a MagicShine 808-E. It worked great, but I seemed to be having some balance problems, maybe that was due to it being night. I've never felt like that before, but hopefully it's a one-time occurrence.
At some point up on Highline I got lost from the group. I ended up taking a wrong turn on to Blue River Parkway (the road), and then decided to back track and climb back up the hill. I'm not sure how I got separated, but fortunately after hustling back, one of the guys we were riding with, Travis from Bike Source, backtracked into me. Some of the guys were getting a little beat, so I think they appreciated the break although I apologized for pulling some rookie stuff like that. Happens to everyone at some point...
Travis was also kind enough to check out my cassette that had a gear or two slipping under load, and he was able to ascertain that I need a new cassette. That is what I was starting to think, and a little bummed about having to shell out more dough, but this isn't a cheap sport. And to think I started riding to save money because golf was too expensive in college. Ha!
I ended up riding for almost 2:45, which was great. I was pretty tired at the end, and starting to get kind of sloppy. Probably a good thing we stopped when we did, before someone (like me) got hurt.
Hopefully I can find some time this weekend to head back out there since the trails were in nearly perfect shape.