Welcome New Members! Here's my MTB Story

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by JustinCase, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. My MTBing story:

    After being diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in early 2009 I stopped being active and went into battle mode which took quite a toll on my physical well-being and later my mental health. After a long fight I came out on top, mostly. I was left with much degraded strength and stamina and on an anti-depressant. I had lost part of my colon, liver and most of my left lung. So in an effort to rebuild myself physically which should also help my mental well-being I decided to start leading hikes for the local Kaiser Permanente Thrive Team. This led me to try running. Running sucks. :/ So taking the advice of some of the Thrive coaches I purchased a MTB. I chose a MTB over the road bikes that most of them ride because I detest lycra and as a skateboarder for over 15yrs growing up I loved doing tricks and navigating obstacles. This is how my first year (2015) went:

    I started late November 2014 with a Scott Aspect hardtail and not knowing how to shift gears and turning scared me.
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    I had no real gear. Running shoes and Carhartt pants were it.
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    Then I caught the bug and sold it so I could buy a FS bike. In the mean time I was borrowing a friend's bike(s). This is a medium (way too small) Felt Edict that weighed about 24lbs
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    Next I borrowed an old but cool Maverick ML7 also a medium. Used this while helping "teach" a Jr. MTB Club in Folsom
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    Finally, after a long wait, my Norco Sight came in!
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    The shredding started for REALZ up in Downieville. Here are a group of Norco dealers getting lost on Big Boulder. Was nice to run with these guys, especially after my front shifter cable blew apart!
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    Turned Jeni from an ultra-runner to a MTBr!
    Downieville Butcher Ranch Trail
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    Culvert Trail, Auburn
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    And even got a family mtb trip in as well. Buttermilk Country Loop in Bishop, CA.
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    Now I'm hooked and spending way too much money. But I'm starting to fly and my cancer woes are but a faint memory.... Here's to pushing your limits!
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    Seriously pushing them... lol
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  2. Amazing story Justin!
     
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  3. Thanks! You girls are shaping the next saga of this story. Whatching everyone grow as a rider is truly inspirational!
     
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