The Mountain Bike Life

Author: Colleen Hannegan

Back on the bike this week after 4 weeks of P.T. {physical therapy} AND a big move back to him ownership. Oh, typo there; or was that a Freudian slip? I had HOME ownership on my mind but, there’s some truth therein in him ownership. (smiling.) Al and I are engaged and planning on a wedding later this year. Hurray! The past six months of selling the old home and buying a new home was so much more effort than…

Since my neck has continued being a pain for the last few years, (compressed vertebrae), I’m riding less rough terrain and shying away from those fun tough rides that cause me trouble between my shoulder blades. More than loosening my grip and staying cool, I’ve had to enter physical rehab this past month to retrain weakened muscles and find proper healing working with a Physical Therapist before I can comfortably find my way back to REAL mountain biker, if ever………

In January of this year, I had an attack of the freaked out hiker. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in my fave wilderness bike/hike park and I was heading in on a back trail to spend nature time with my daughter Leah. She does not ride, so when we go native, it’s in hiking shoes and hiking hats together. ( It feels so S-L-O-W compared to biking!) But at the same time, when I hike in, I get to…

Guys who want to introduce their girlfriends to the awesome world of nature loving on a mountain bike take heed. If you freak her out with tough climbs, tight switchbacks and rock gardens on her first ride, chances are she won’t come back for seconds. #1 Take her slow and easy on a fire trail first time out. Point out beautiful nature scenes you enjoy. It’s all about the beauty. (I promise you, she’ll be wowed by your sensitive side…

Nephew Leo’s text came through at 10:30pm Saturday night. If I hadn’t been out later than usual, I’d surely have slept right through it and missed out on one of the best rides in a very long time. I was just crawling in to bed when my cell phone buzzed. “Hey, I can ride with ya tomorrow after all! I’ll meet you anytime, anywhere!” Boyfriend Al, lying next to me and deep in thought about the cowboy mystery on his…