Kate rocked some technical spots that took me a long time to learn. I rode in front of her for a few miles , and then I would have her ride in front so I could see what kind of lines she was picking. I could easily make suggestions from behind. It was hard for her to hear me when I was in front. Several times I would hop off my bike and run a good line for her to ride. I remember what its like to not see a line anywhere, and it would have been great to have some chalk or something to lay down for her to follow. Most of my riding I I have learned from the fellas. Being able to ride with a fellow chica and talk about our girlie challenges while riding was very beneficial for both of us.
I plan to do more rides like this with beginner women. I think I may have got more out of it than Kate did. I loved the one on one interaction, but feel I would be comfortable with a small group. I am blessed to be near several trails with varying degrees of difficulty and length. I could easily fit these rides into my training schedule. Being a part of getting more women on bikes makes me feel like I am giving back to the sport/ lifestyle that has made me so happy . I loved watching Kate tackle that trail. I liked watching her smile when she made it through a tough spot. It's also nice to let the lungs loose and Hoot and Holler .It's supposed to be fun right?
Nice Job Kate. I am super proud of you!