When I first started this blog, it was mainly to give information to friends and family of my year long trip to North America. At that point in time my main sporting focus was rock climbing and hence the name Caroline's climbs and photos. Since returning from that trip the amount of time I have spent climbing has steadily dwindled, I had lost my need and passion to continue at the same intensity, and to be honest I felt kind of lost without it.
I have now thankfully filled that gap in my life again, and as I think I have mentioned before, I have taken up mountain biking.
I love this activity so much and at the moment it is mostly what I do in my spare time. It has the same qualities that climbing used to bring to my life. I love the concentration and focus I need to have in order not to crash. I love the adrenalin rush you get when you complete a difficult route. I love the technical aspects of trying to ride fast and smoothly. I love that you learn every time you ride. I love that it gets me out in the fresh air and to beautiful places. I could go on but I think you get the drift.
I have now been to all 7 Stanes trail centres and this weekend brought it home that sometimes you just lose your head and find it hard to tackle obstacles. Similar, for me at least, when I used to lead climb outside at the start of the season.
Dalbeattie was the centre that managed to break my good spell of mental strength and I got the "fear", which in mountain biking can be dangerous, because it is at those moments that you pull the brake too sharply, take the wrong line etc and things just get messy!
However, I made it round with only one slight tumble but I am now determined to hone my skills further and try my best to keep them fears at bay.
When I've not been biking, I have been running and trying to get into the Pentlands when weather and daylight permits.
Morning Pentland run.
Trail at Aberfoyle.
Running at John Muir Trust Festival.
Running over Pentland hill tops.
Snow biking at Carron Valley.
Hard work but snow much fun!!!
Biking at Newcastleton.
Biking at Glentress.
Biking at Mabie.
Way home from Dalbeattie.
Single speed fun, sadly not my bike.
I am so glad that I was introduced to this sport, even at my age, because along with all the reasons mentioned earlier it is pure and simply fun.