I recently tried a route I’d been scared to do previously. I had no problems, I didn’t cramp up, I took it easy and had fun. I’m not sure why I had waited so long to do it, other than being scared.
My fears come down to: cramping, getting stuck, flatting somewhere remote, running out of water (see cramping), worries I’ll slow friends down, etc.
But when it comes down to it, the worst that could happen (other than a wreck) would be:
- Getting a cramp and having to sit down for 10 minutes
- My friends may need to ride on and I’d catch up with them at a cafe or another day (aka getting dropped) – not that I’m riding with anyone right now
- getting stuck and Senol having to come get me with the car
But all of the routes I’m freaked out about unnecessarily, I’ve done most of them or big parts of them. I’m ready to knock more off my list.
Hawk Hill(yes, an oldie but I used to be freaked out by this long ago)
- Muir Woods to 1 – and back to Mill Valley via 1
4C down 1 to Muir Woods back to 4C
- Stinson Beach
Mt Tam Alpine Dam 17th St up to Clarendon to Twin Peaks Up Clipper to Twin Peaks
(strikethrough means I’ve done those rides)
Mentally I think my desired routes involve Highway 1 and wanting to explore out that way. And I’m scared of not being able to get back up to Panoramic or up out of Muir back to Mill Valley. But like I said- I’ve done all of the big routes or routes that connect to most of the “1 rides”. I just need to get over it and try them.