Ride your bike
Through the woods, at night - but don't forget your light
My love of surfing and cycling gets cramped at this time of year.
With shorter days and less daylight, surfing after work becomes less possible.
Surfing requires me to schedule a certain portion of my work day after dark so that I can take advantage of the mid day sun.
Mountain biking is much more flexible.
We ride through the woods, at night.
“It’s easier at night,” Marc will quip. “You don’t see what you’re getting into.”
There’s a lot of truth there.
Despite wearing super bright Led lights on our helmets, they are unidirectional.
Our spotlights lack all of the nuanced fill light from the sun.
As such, many of the obstacles - roots, rocks, jumps and drops become flattened out. Their dimensionality is missing.
With this lack of depth and nuance, it’s frequently a matter of ‘go fast and absorb the jank.’
With this lack of depth and nuance, I’m riding a lot on faith. Faith in the ability of my bike and body to absorb the nastiest of the bumps.
When I hold on tight and tense up both my body and bi…
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