Had my first mountain bike ride in four months. At first I was not enjoying it at all. I couldn’t remember what the big deal was. This made me confused and sad. I believe what was going on here was IT WAS HARD AND MY BODY DID NOT LIKE THAT.
Then after a while (and a few hills conquered) I remembered what the hype was all about.
There is just so much accomplishing and thinking time out there on your bike, with nobody asking you questions and your brain being forced to make smart, life saving decisions repeatedly. I’m afraid there’s no way to explain properly why this is so gratifying. You just have to experience it yourself. I hope you will.
Also, the after-smoothie tastes better than anything you will ever taste. So there’s that.