What goes up must come down. If you know me, you know that I would ALWAYS choose to climb uphill than to descend downhill.
It use to be because descending gave me anxiety but these days, I just like ot make sure each bike ride is challenging. 😉
If you don’t have much experience on the bike, descending mountains can be quite scary but you learn to let go, just as you should with all things that hold you back.
I use to be super cautious descending, then one day as I was doing a high speed, technical, and super curvy descent in the Santa Monica mountain, I realized I did the whole thing without thinking twice or holding back since the only thing I was focusing on was trying to keep up with the guys in front of me. It was my first time doing something that technical and someone behind me actually crashed that day.
That was a turning point in my bike life because after that, I was never thought twice about descending again.
I mean on that day, I did think, “omigosh I could have died” but I knew I was still in total control, and sometimes you just have to have those revelations to help you let go. If you want to have fun, you learn that you can’t let mundane things hold you back or you will never have phenomenal experiences.
I STILL prefer climbing but these days, I do love descending… only not so much when it’s raining (who does?) or if it’s too steep and technical (takes the fun out of it since I ride to ride). What goes up must come down, so learn deal with it, and you WILL over time. You earned it.