- 18 years since my first Sea Otter Classic where I competed in the trials comp
- 15 years of performing trials shows
- 6 years teaching free yoga classes
Now at age 37, my preparation for a 10 trials show event is a little different. I trail ride more than trials ride these days, and trials requires solid conditioning in order to pull off smooth, consistent, energetic, and entertaining trials shows. As I log practice time, it’s always amazing observing the gradual process of my body slowly catching up to what my mind knows I should be able to do!
Feeling at one with my bike takes time. A good marker of bike intimacy is when you ride someone else’s bike that is identical to yours but it feels like a totally different bike. I have two trials bikes that are identical and so I need to ride them both enough to know clearly which one I prefer as my show bike.
The Sea Otter Classic is my first big event of the year so I also need to make sure my equipment is set, not just bikes – but my truck, trailer, demo obstacles, PA equipment, audience fencing and signage, posters, etc.
If you happen to be at Sea Otter, here are my show times!
- Thursday, April 14: 2 p.m.
- Friday, April 15: 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
- Saturday, April 16: 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
- Sunday, April 17: 11:30 a.m
I haven’t been progressing my skills as a trials rider for the last few years, so it’s inspiring for me to know that visitors still enjoy and look forward to my show each year. It’s a pretty cool gig that I can use my riding passion to contribute to the celebratory atmosphere of such a fantastic cycling event.
I started up the free yoga program at Sea Otter and it has become a great tradition, with some participants who have come every year. Again, if you coming to the event, join me for yoga! Here’s the schedule:
- Friday, 8:00-9:00am
- Saturday, 8:00-9:00am
- Sunday, 8:00-9:00am
Happy Spring Everyone!