At the age of 27 I bought my first bike, yes, 27 not 7 this is not a typo, I had a bike at the age of 7 but for some reason I could not get past the training wheels stage and at a very young age I decided that riding a bike is just not for me!
Some 20 years later
I went to the local bike shop with about 850 dollars and asked for the “best mountain bike I could buy with that budget”, the sells man laughed at me and then realized that I was dead serious, I got out from the bike shop with a brand new bike and I had no idea how to ride it, I just knew I wanted to ride.
Because I wasn’t ready
To go on a mountain bike trail just yet, I thought it would be a better idea to start on the road next to my apartment. I was terrified the first time I went on the road, I kept falling every 2 or 3 meters, cars passing by so close – not the best first experience doing something new.
So, I decided to practice really early in the morning before everyone hit the road to work.
And that’s what I did
Every morning from 6A.M to 6:30 A.M for about 3 months, I went out in the dark, wearing every possible flashlight I could find for the bike and just practice again and again until I got the hang of it; how to turn, when to hit the brakes (when NOT to hit them)… every time I got better and better until I decided that it’s time to get out on a “real” trail.
I can not express
The feeling of freedom and excitement riding for the first time on a proper mountain bike single track, even falling was fun (and I fell a few times during that time).
All of that got me thinking, what else can I do? Can I jump? Can I go faster? Higher? What’s next? And I knew that I’m on the right track.
And now that all of you young people, knows that your 20’s are an excellent time to learn new things and it’s not too late, stay tuned for the next post where I will go all the way to the top of my list with a 50+ years old example – The slack line master