Three weeks ago I bit it hard mountain biking. My bike was in the shop getting the suspension rebuilt, and I was jonesin' to go to this new spot, so I took up my buddy's offer to use his old bike. Never considered that it would handle very differently in the air, so I hit the first jump -- probably a 12' or so gap, with an easy run-in, lip and transition -- pulled up on the lip, and the front end just kept coming up.
Ending up landing on my ass and lower back. The spinal compression made my ass and back numb for a moment, and every muscle there spasmed. Not pleasant, but otherwise nothing broken but my ego. Except for a brief (light) ride last weekend, I haven't been out -- still dealing with a bit of pain.
But I met up with Justin and Jake at the dirt jump spot down the road, thinking I'd give dirt jumping a go again. After a few squishy starts, I made it through the whole line -- that was my only goal -- then pretty much stopped. The jumps felt good, but my back was hurting a bit and I just didn't feel like pushing it. But I was back in action ... albeit barely!
Justin and Jake had just finished digging a sweet 4th jump and they were just eating it up. Looked so tasty, but since I'd already wussed out I shot some video instead. Here's Justin on the line:
And here's Jake on the line:
A few more mountain biking videos at my YouTube page.