Strenght and mobility

I really need to improve my strength around the core, thats the most important part for me at the moment. I also need to improve a lot around my upper body, such as shoulders, chest and arms. My legs is doing most of the work when i am riding my bikes. They get tired a lot and i am also having problems with things that require more strength from the core and my arms.

I am not sure if its the right word, but i call it mobility. The ability to move in a good way. I am very stiff in everything i do. Years of inactivity and sitting still all day have made me really stiff and lack all kind of flexibility and explosivity. Things that require a lot of movement and quick reactions are at the moment pretty much impossible for me. I notice that when i try to jump with the bike or when i try to move with the trail. If there is a lot of twists and turns, then i loose a bit of control of my bike.

I am currently trying to find ways to work on my strength and i will also look at things that might help me with mobility. For the latter, i am considering things like that one where you jump up on to something pretty high and then down again. Will see if i can find other things.

I have tried to focus on just riding my bikes. But with the current state of my body i am probably forced to find ways to train of my bikes. Hopefully i can find things that does not require a gym, or having equipment of any kind at home.

I will update when i have a plan.


Dirt Jump Track – Kråkberget

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There is a dirt jump track inside Kråkberget, a military training ground and a place where the local moto enduro club have their practice. This dirt jump track has been there for years. And on and off, there seems to be people riding and working on it. And sometimes nothing happens for a long time. Someone started working on jumps there last summer.

There are some interesting stuff there, but the place needs a lot of work. I have had some thoughts about fixing things. Will see what happens this summer when i have a bit more time. Nice place anyway, and pretty close to where i live. Nice to have somewhere to go with my dirt jump bike when i just want to ride and improve my skills.

One thing that would have been cool would be to build a pump track thing there too. If thats possible. But thats a lot of work for one person.


A short trials session

First day since i started riding again a few weeks ago where it wasn’t fun being out. I guess the biggest reason for that is the day i had yesterday. Was really active with a lot of stuff the whole day and i guess i was still tired today. And with that i had no motivation.

Had a short test run though. Put some “new” pedals on the bike and went out to see how it felt. Did some track stand practice and some practice getting up on things and dropping of.The pedals are nice. I already knew that. They were on my trail bike before. New pedals on its way for my trail bike so i moved the old ones to my dirt bike. To get better grip than my earlier did.

My body did feel up to the ride so i cut it short and decided to have a rest day. Hoping to have a good day on my dirt bike tomorrow. Some stuff i want to test.


Climbing

I haven’t been much of a climber when it comes to mountain biking. Have never really enjoyed it. I prefer when its either flat or downhill. But i have tried to get better at it and have a more positive attitude towards climbs. Especially difficult and technical ones. Still dont like those long climbs.

I have improved some just in the last two weeks and do enjoy those shorter but more challenging and difficult climbs. I am a bit impressed by the change and the small improvement that has happened. I found a crazy steep climb today which i think is way to difficult for me but i have to try it. So later this week i will go back and make an attempt to climb. Hopefully i will get a few meters up at least.


Trail Trials

Because of some intense riding last week my knee have been giving me some minor problems. I guess i got to much to fast and my body was not prepared for the change.

After two days resting i needed to get out on a ride. Test my knee and explore a bit. Focused on a more relaxed ride with some challenges here and there that put pressure on my knee and things are not as good as i hoped. The main goal of this ride was to get out riding. During the ride i decided to explore a bit and see if i could find some possible trail like features that could be used for practicing. Found two kinds of features. First some benches that i should be able to deal with soon. Those stairs i found is a bit above my current skill level. At least the bigger one.

I did not find as many interesting things as i hoped but still inspiring and fun to imagine what could be done, at some point later on. I will try to have more rides like this to find challenging features. To have more of that trials practice but with a focus on trail riding.


Practice Bunny Hops

I have been thinking about building one of those bunny hop contraptions for a while now but never got around to it. Discovered that i had material for one when i was looking for material to my jumps. So now i have finally build one and hopefully i can start using it soon.

I have some upper body issues to deal with before i can start practicing.


Built some jumps

I started to build a slightly larger jump made out of a pallet and some other wood parts. Its not that high and not very portable but i think i can find a good spot where i can use it, and move it around in a smaller area. And hopefu
I started to build a slightly larger jump made out of a pallet and some other wood parts. Its not that high and not very portable but i think i can find a good spot where i can use it, and move it around in a smaller area. And hopefully hide it there in between uses so that i always have it when i need it.

During the build i got some material for a smaller jump thats more portable. A bit of a kicker that i think can be used for different things. Needs some more fixing but its almost complete.

I have a few other build ideas but more about them later.


My first session with the mountainboard

At the same time i went out to test my old hardtail as a freeride bike, i brought my mountainboard with me to have a test. Felt pretty ok riding it when i found places to ride.

The military training ground i visit regularly with my mountain bikes are a fun place but not suited for my mountainboard. Half the area is filled with huge rocks and other annoying things which makes riding impossible. The other half is loose sand and rideable in some small areas. Atleast usually but this year there have been a lot of military vehicles driving around making deep and wide tracks. And the local motocross/enduro club have started to use more of the area than before.

So this place is not an alternative for my mountainboarding. I need to find other spots that works a lot better. And until then there will be a paus in my mountainboard riding. Hopefully it wont take to long finding a spot that works so i can start practice.


Oldschool Freeride

Went out for a ride yesterday to test my old hardtail to see if i can use it for some kind of freeride sessions. There is a military training ground in which also a local motocross/enduro club has their practice. This place has some interesting features but a lot of sand and it really messes with your bike. Especially during dry summers.

I bought my old hardtail 2010 and it is getting old. Some parts needs to be changed but the cost is to high, and not something i want to spend money on. There is annoying sounds coming from different parts of the bike and lubrication does not seem to help. Not very pleasant to hear on a longer ride or a commute. But the bike works pretty well as a play bike inside that military training ground. Not having to be careful with the bike makes it more fun and interesting. More stuff to try now with that in mind.

The frame geometry is not the most fun though. Cant go very low with the saddle which makes some descents a bit complicated. It has those rim brakes which are not that effective, something i noticed yesterday. But those things can be dealt with in some way. And its good practice. But an old XC bike is not really built for this kind of riding so i guess there will be some limitations. We’ll see what those might be.


Dirt bike session

I had my first ride of the year on my dirt bike.

The biggest reason for this test was to see how my body reacted to riding my dirt bike, both during the ride and after. As a test to see how “bad” things really are. I guess it it the same for most people, but i feel that it takes a lot more out of your body riding a dirt bike. You are standing up all the time and put more pressure on legs and arms. Mostly legs but arms too for me considering the lack of core strength.

Things were pretty much as i expected. Didn’t take long before my legs and my arms felt tired. And despite a shorter session today, my legs and arms hurt more after and felt a lot more tired.

I already knew that i have a lot of basic workout to do, to get in shape. I need to improve my strength a lot. Thats problably the biggest issue at the moment and especially my core strength and upper body strength. My legs are not as bad and they are easier to get fit. I just need to ride my bike as much as possible. Core strengt and upper body strength is a bit more complicated, for me anyway. I never seems to get much of that part when riding my bikes. so i need to do other things.

Was nice anyway to have a ride on my dirt bike early on. I am planning to have atleast one session a week on my dirt bike. Maybe two sessions a week if i can make it work, and i have as many sessions a week as i have had this week. Could be less bike sessions per week if i need to have more serious strength training done.