(Original post by DH-Biker)
Tell you what, (as cheesy as this is going to sound), I had a little thought this morning. Stood on top of a mountain near my house, looking out over Ullswater and the mountains, I thought how lucky I was to have this sport.
Stood there with some of my mates, it dawned on me that there are few other sports in which I can be out with mates all day, that gives me a huge adrenaline boost and that gives me so much in the way of fitness. Being able to just chill and pedal with some mates before taking on a downhill is really nice, you can all talk whilst being surrounded by the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer. Its something that I don't really take into account when on a DH track.
I think that's one thing I forgot when doing the same course over and over, that there was so much more in the area and that you had to explore to find it. The trail we did this morning runs down from Low Pot onto Askham Fell and finally back down to my village, but I so rarely went up there because I couldn't be arsed to pedal my bike. Which was a shame because it use to be, when I was riding AM all the time, my favourite route. So with a bit of determination this morning, we got together and slogged it all the way up again on DH bikes, nearly died by the time we reached the top but it was worth it. Being able to ride side by side with my best friends doing the one thing I love most in this world, I'm fortunate to live where I do, have the friends that I have and the opportunities to do it all the time.
Cycling really is the best sport.
Oh, man, that'd have been brutal. Riding in places like Fort William was bad enough, the rock gardens there are detremental to one's arms. I would have enjoyed that course, though.
I try and get out for at least two rides a day. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. I wouldn't necessarily say I was training, more just going out for a shred, but I guess its all experience. I get out for about an hour and a half each time, or if I'm off work I'll take the day out and bomb lots of local trails with some of the other riders in the area or we'll take a drive to some trails.
For your type of riding, though, its much more of a slog and whilst I do do climbing its typically going down a hill that fills my time riding. Saying that, I still push myself, I'm still exhausted and I'm doing fine. Though I would stress, as I think El Stig pointed out, that if you feel that much strain on your legs and keep pressing it it will not do you any good.