|The Descent from the water tower|
The weather today was supposed to be pretty poor all day so I decided to get out early (as the best spell of weather should have been early doors) and go up for a play round Mt. Vic. Sat in bed post ride though it just keeps getting sunnier; gutted! Never mind, got some good riding in, only a short 90min ride, but that's all I have time for at the moment really. Legs felt pretty shot today if I'm honest, probably as a result of the beer and pizza.
Trail wise I was just having a play, re-rode the two descents that Dave Aldridge showed me a few weeks back, the first of which is a pretty steep tech one, especially in the switchbacks. I rode it cleanly this time which was nice, but I need to get a lot more comfortable getting my wheels off the ground on that kind of a trail. Need to get some pictures up to show what I mean.
The second is the 'grom's track' which is just good fun, quite short with a few little jumps and drops in it. Not anywhere near to steep or tech, but once again I need to get more comfortable with the air time. I did ride the last jump and little drop a couple of times and felt more confident pretty quickly; I can cope with it when it's relatively flat, but get a bit scared of them when the jumps are in a traversing trail with pretty steep slopes off to one side and landing into roots.
Dave at the shop persuaded me to try a more mid-foot cleat position, so today's ride was the first try at that. It definitely felt easier to pull little manuals, but otherwise technically I noticed very little difference. It did give me some more foot pain than usual, but that might go away with a bit of a change in foot musculature. I'll keep them in this position for a bit just to give it a bit more of a chance. Not sold straight away though, having ridden with my cleat under the ball of my foot for so long it does feel pretty weird anywhere else.