I've been mountain biking since shortly after moving to Vermont almost 14 years ago. I'd been biking almost my whole life -- as a very young paperboy, on a 3-speed bike, in a Pennsylvania borough many, many years ago. Then, in Los Angeles, as a Hollywood Citizen News paperboy in both Junior and Senior High School, on my first 10-speed 'road bike.' I didn't realize until years later that I was then the in the best shape I've ever been!
While I'd always had a bike, I started riding less and less as I transitioned from my bike to my first car at seventeen. It was a1966 VW Bug 1600 -- thanks to my paperboy earnings I'd saved all those years. Fast forward to our move to Vermont in 2003 that presented a number of opportunities to get out and about. Of course, there was the skiing -- practically in my back yard, and mountain biking, to which I was introduced by one of my new friends in Hyde Park.
I've been trying to ride at least 3 to 4 days each week, starting each year as soon as the Spring snows melt, and riding through Autumn, right up until the first serious snow of the season. I have a "riding buddy", a fellow Realtor -- we both live in Hyde Park, and often ride many of the trails that are within 5-minutes from my home. We also ride in Stowe, in a huge network of trails, where we're members of both the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, with its extensive network of trails, as well as those those belonging to and managed by Trapp Family Lodge. I also enjoy riding at Kingdom Trails in Burke, VT -- a phenomenal world-renowned mountain-biking destination! This summer It's been challenging to get out and on my bike as much as I'd like to -- apparently lacking the discipline to hit the trails no matter what!.
For several years, I've been tracking my rides on my iPhone, on an app 'for that.' It's Strava, and it tracks my rides and those of many other local riders, providing all kinds of stats that help us compete against ourselves and each other. I recently discovered a series of videos on Strava's website, and found the first to be an inspiration. Here it is -- be inspired. Strive. Then watch the rest of Strava's videos here.