Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough

Yesterday, David and I had the pleasure of testing Knivsta's newly improved MTB track, which is located in the ElljusspĂ„r and runs parallel (in many instances) to the cross-country track. Knivsta Cykelklubb has vastly improved the track. It is technical, hilly, and full of turns, obstacles and varied terrain including gravel, mud, wooden bridges, roots and rocks. What an improvement! You can read the club's article here, where they describe all of the work that's gone into this effort.

It was great to be out on the bikes--for me the first time out on my new Felt 29-er and a chance to really run the bike (and myself) through the paces. This is still an area with room for improvement, but I didn't hold back and at one point David turned to me and said: "Are you keeping track of how many times you've fallen?!"

This reminded me of a ski instructor I had when I was first learning to downhill ski. His motto was always "If you ski all day and don't fall down, you weren't trying hard enough." It's simple logic, but there is a lot of truth in that statement. In anything we do, if we are not occasionally failing, we are not learning, improving and thereby getting better.

Knivsta's MTB cykelbana

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