I’d been looking forward to this private mountain bike clinic/birthday party since Todd gave it to me as a gift in 2010. Weeks of delays turned into months as rain and conflicting schedules kept us from the perfect day for riding together with the true Mountain Biking Chick, Tonya Bray, former pro racer and the ultimate instructor.
Once I was well into pregnancy #4, I decided to postpone the party until my birthday in 2011 which also got rained out. Surprisingly, a week later, plans were not foiled and a years worth of expectations were finally fulfilled and surpassed. Seven of my mountain biking girlfriends joined me for a morning of skills training, food eating and a fun little ride through Bonelli Park. I wish I could recreate the feeling of toughness, strength, confidence and friendship every day. There was some serious girl power going on.
The highlights of the day: learning to do super awesome wheelies and bunny hops, talking of brazilian bikini waxes (don’t get that at just any mountain biking clinic & not sure I ride quite enough to make that kind of commitment quite yet), and practicing how to look cool while walking your bike through a parking lot (hold it only by the seat). Of course there were lots of other biking skills learned and perfected too, because at the end of the day, I was riding 100% better (and with more confidence) than at the beginning of the day. Best birthday party ever. Now I’m thinking we need to talk all the husbands into pitching in for a Mother’s Day Mountain Bike clinic.
If you’re interested in picking up a mountain biking hobby (which I highly recommend), my friend Kelly has some great tips HERE (especially if mountain biking scares you out of your mind)