May 3, 2018
I will start out by saying that I really had the time of my life! It was my first time doing downhill and it truly was a blast!
I had some personal issues going on because I am 52yo and I am well overweight and I already did not sleep well the 2 nights prior to the trip and then we pretty much drove straight through from Dallas to Trestle. I was a blob of fatigue, hurt and zombiefied. We stopped at Angelfire first and I only managed to muster enough gumption to do 2 runs and felt near dead. Angelfire trails were really rough and very hard to ride. They required constantly maintaining a firm grip and in particular for a novice like myself to DH biking, constantly scrubbing speed. On top of everything was that I was on an All-mountain bike, that did not have that nice slack head angle so the front end was digging right into that rough surface and biting hard into those turns. In any case, I survived my first very difficult go at DH at Angelfire and we headed to Trestle. By day two I had slouphed off some of that fatigue but my thigh muscles were still way below par. So I I got my lift tickets and some body armor and I lifted up to the top and GreenWorld here I go. It was right off the bat an much easier surface trail wise to negotiate and that helped a lot. I was able to focus more on developing good sound DH skills like maintaining body position, looking further ahead, and good braking practices. I really started to progress and by the next day I was riding Rainmaker. Overall it was a very moving experience, I only wish we had come straight to Trestle instead of stopping at Angelfire first. There were some places on a couple of the single black and the blue trails where it was supposed to be flowy and it was a little more rough for lack of trail maintenance but for the most part I would definitely say that the trails that I rode overall were in pretty good shape! It was so much fun and in those mountains a truly spiritual experience. Going back next June and I can't wait!
Green World, Long Trail and Rainmaker a couple of others.