Mountain biking is a thrilling and exhilarating hobby that I've been passionate about for years. Some would say to an unhealthy level. As a father, I've found that it's also a fantastic way to spend time with my kids and teach them valuable lessons about fitness, perseverance, and the importance of being outdoors.
When my kids were young, I started taking them on easy trails and teaching them the basics of riding. My middle son would spend hours on his Strider bike, jumping curbs and sending it down hills. He would wear through the soles of his shoes in under a week as he dragged his feet against the ground in an attempt to slow. It didn't take look for them to move from a strider directly into a 2 wheeled bike, no training wheels. Now that Bradley is older and more experienced, he rides any trail I can and even started competing in races up and down the western united states.
One of the things I love most about mountain biking with my kids is that it's a shared experience. We're all out there together, pushing ourselves to be better and to overcome obstacles. It's a great way to bond and create memories that will last a lifetime.
But mountain biking isn't just about having fun and bonding as a family. It's also a great way to teach important life lessons. For example, mountain biking requires a certain level of fitness and perseverance. My kids have learned that if they want to be good at it, they need to put in the work and practice. Even in the off season, if I ask either of my younger boys to get a workout in on the Peloton, they will ... no augments, no negotiation. They are aware that they train so they can enjoy the ride more.
Additionally, spending time outdoors and being active is crucial for physical and mental well-being. Being out in nature and getting exercise is a great way to clear your mind and de-stress. There are nearly always moments in each ride when you feel MORE stressed, but generally this outlet serves to help us let go of the "Real World" and focus on the wind, the feel of the trail and the sheer joy that comes from just letting go and focusing on your ride.
As a mountain biking dad, I'm constantly inspired by my kids' determination and willingness to try new things. Watching them grow as riders and as people is one of the greatest joys of my life. But at times it can also be one of the most frightening. The sport is dangerous, especially when you do it at the level kids on Bradley's Team Ride. They go fast, jump high and generally have a "Send it" mentality. perhaps that is why he loves it so much ... maybe that is why I love it so much. I can't wait to see where this hobby takes us as a family in the future.
In conclusion, mountain biking is a fantastic hobby for dads (Parents) to share with their kids. Not only is it a great way to bond and create memories, but it also teaches valuable life lessons about fitness, perseverance, and the importance of being outdoors. So, if you're looking for a new hobby to share with your kids, give mountain biking a try.
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We are gonna send it!