A bad day on the bike is better than a good day in the office

Last Sunday I had committed to racing a mountain bike at Mount Joyce which is a mountain bike trail park to the West of Brisbane, Queensland. It was a 67km race over varied terrain.

I was out to prove a point to myself after the fiasco last year. Last year I had accidentally missed an entire trail out of the race and not realised until I had got home. By the time I got home, I had managed to come 3rd in the race but compared my Garmin to the track and noticed a bit missing. I contacted the organiser and apologised and gave the winnings back. This year I was determined to get it right!

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Samford xc race

A successful comeback to racing after the hospital incident.

The trails out at Samford scout camp are fantastic. Dry, technical, steep and plentiful climbing, fun descents and all in just under 5km of the track.

We arrived there early to do a practice lap. I was back in 10 minutes wondering where the rest of the track was I had inadvertently ridden down the kiddies track. I went back out for another practice lap and rode the grown-up version of it this time. I was back in time for the start of the race.

Read more: Samford XC race Sunday 27th July 2014

Why it is a bad idea to fall on rocks - 3 plus 3 Hidden Vale 

2 weeks ago I commenced riding in an endurance mountain bike race which consisted off racing 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon and 3 hours on a Sunday morning. It was west of Ipswich at a place called Old Hidden Vale. It was dry, rough, sandy in places and very rocky.

I got off to a brilliant start and had about 50 people in front and about 200 people behind me. I was riding with another female who I have become friends with. She overtook me and I decided to try and stay with her. I got through the technical sections but then missed my line crossing over a creek. I desperately tried to correct and take speed off - I hit one big rock and must have embedded my front wheel behind it as the bike threw me off to the right and I went straight over the handlebars and ended up wedged on a rock.

Read more: Why it's a bad idea to fall on rocks - August 1st 2014