I was a roadie for long time before getting on an MTB. Consequently, I learned to spin my cranks pretty fast, a skill that still serves me well on trail climbs. But it’s not really what you want to be doing to get through a rock garden or over a log. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite.
Still, my instinct is to shift to an easier gear whenever an obstacle appears. Then I can’t time my pedal strokes as needed and smash a pedal on a rock. Or I don’t generate the torque needed to power through. Or I spin out the back wheel. In any event, I’m done.
This has been frustrating me for years, but old habits…
Last night on my Waldo ride I adopted the mantra, “One gear harder.”
It served me well. I got through and over some stuff that had been troublesome.
This morning, my legs are toast.
Next time, it’ll be better.