Two Choices in Mtn Biking and Perhaps in Life

A friend asked me about a ride I am putting together this weekend. He wanted to know how hard the ride would be. Well, that’s a little like asking How is the oxygen is where you are sitting? because as with most things … It Depends. It depends on a lot of factors with skill & experience leading the way.

image After thinking about it for a minute I responded to him and also tweeted this out: “2 Choices of Mtn Biking --- Let off the brakes & go for it; Jam on the brakes & (try) to stop; #3 can happen in either case ... Crash & Burn”

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imageIn my email response to him I also added that “The views are incredible. The downhills are fun, fast and dangerous. And that it can take 4-5 hours to complete the ride --- allowing for mechanicals (aka mechanical issues) and "other" factors --- like finding missing teeth and skin on the trail.”

Note: I have never lost a tooth on the trails, but my son did lose a tooth in the Philadelphia Airport. If you found it he wants it back.

Just like in Life

image You can’t always predict the hazards that will confront you on the trails.

Just like in life ... THEY APPEAR right in front of you.

Where you will have two choices --- Let off the brakes and go for it or Jam on the brakes and (try) to stop ... with the ever present option #3 that can happen in either cash to Crash & Burn.

Sometimes you’ve just got to push on

Mountain biking is sport where you sometimes just have to go for it. Just like in life … sometimes you just have to go for it.

image Thanks to Kat Armstrong for putting it in perspective.


I’ve done plenty of Crashing & Burning and I’ve had some incredible experiences because I let go of the brakes.

How about you?

       Do you …

  • Let off the brakes and go for it or
  • Jam on the brakes and (try) to stop

I’d like to hear your thoughts. Good or bad … about times when you let go of the brakes and times when you jammed ‘em on.

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Lacy Kemp said…
Jeff- this is so similar to something I wrote a few weeks ago that I had to share my thoughts...
One thing I've learned on my DH bike: being fearful keeps you alive, but embracing those fears and learning to overcome them helps you grow. Same as in life.
Jeff Shuey said…
Thanks Lacy --- I've ridden with you and I think you are fearless. Not reckless ... Fearless. There is a difference.

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Arnie said…
As you know, it's driving me nuts that I can't join you for the Suntop ride this weekend. All winter long I thought about those incredible views at the top and the thrill of coming back down (and that hellacious climb at the beginning). It's all because I let off the brakes and went for it, hit a rock I didn't see, and broke a finger in the fall. So do I regret it? Not one second!

Your post reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: "Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy shit, what a ride!”

~... Mavis Leyrer

Mavis must of been a mountain biker...