I think it may be that simple. I hit the trails twice this week and both days got through some shit for the first time. It’s the steeper climbs that get me, and at least to some degree, I think that’s because it’s so easy to look down at the front wheel rather than up the trail. Then when the wheel hits an obstacle, that’s the focus and all momentum dies.
This week, I focused ahead more than I ever had. And when something slowed down on a climb, I got out of the saddle and torqued the pedals. That got me up one hill for the first time, got me clean through one rock garden for the first time, and opened my eyes. Looking forward to the next Preserves ride – That 47% grade pitch is going to be mine this year.