My wife, Kate likes to tell folks about me on a mountain bike, “Yeah Scott, he just jumps into something headfirst without thinking.” It’s true, I don’t really think a lot of times and will plunge into something and it has both bad and good results. Bad results would include me going to do the mountain bike race known as the Cohutta 100 while not being prepared for such a hefty task. The result? Well, I bonked and cramped really bad thus preventing me from finishing the race.
But then there are positive things that happen too
I bought an entry level mountain bike at Cahaba Cycles and was told “there’s a group ride on Thursday…” So I decided I’d go – I didn’t know anyone, I just made up my mind I’m going. The only person I kind of knew was this person named Macy Gravis and she was so snotty that she barely would talk to me (come to find out later she was just terrified to be on a bike and was prone to falling alot so she was too nervous to talk).
I showed up and pulled out my mountain bike noting that everyone else had these big fancy smancy mountain bike rides with all sorts of bells and whistles on them. I had no idea what all this was and it was very intimidating.
We started the ride around the trails and I was doing good just to keep up (although I was doing better than Macy, she got lost and ended up
somewhere in Alaska). There came a place in the trails where everything seemed to go up and I got dropped from the group. Out of shape and not knowing how all this mountain bike stuff worked, I pushed my bike up the hill where I found the group in a big circle around the trail.
I knew it. The mountain bike welcome wagon had stopped for me to applaud my climb up the massive 1% grade hill that went on for yards. I had not been on out there for an hour and I was already regarded as a Mountain Bike King!
Except that wasn’t the case.
The group screamed “STOP!
Hammer time” and then yelled “SNAKE!”
Coiled up surrounded by mountain bike folk was a 4-5ft rattlesnake. He was wrapped up tighter than a knot, in the middle of the trail and pretty freaked out by the freaked out mountain bikers.