What Mountain bikers and Paddlers have in Common
By DEB MOULTON
Both like to drink beer/alcohol a lot - anything to numb the pain of hitting rocks, but not too much to block the adrenalin rush.
Both sports are done sitting on your ass. This is often good conditioning for the Tour de France marathon of the year before, which airs on television every June before the new one starts.
An air leak is not a good thing. Enough said.
Both have nightmares of their gear falling off of the top of their car when on their way to the mountains.
They prefer to be heading downhill without rolling.
Both spend outrageous amounts of time outdoors despite the weather, and sometimes, in spite of the weather. Too cold is a challenge, not a deterrent.
There seems to be more men than women involved in both sports. The guys are always trying to entice the girls to come along, though there is question of what type of companionship the men are always looking for. Wait that is the case in every type of sport….
During the off-season, they are still in the mountains. This time, however, they are standing on a snowboard or skis.
There is always a crazy in the group who goes out year round when everyone else is home and only contemplating going out.
Both bikers and paddlers have been known to go over a bunch of rocks and land in a "hole". Either way, head injuries ensue.
Things such as "&%$% awesome," and "Oh man that &%$*%$# hurt," are commonly said.
When all of a sudden the road/river turns ugly, the best thing to do is push through as hard as you can and try to stay upright.
Adrenalin junkies…Yeah, you know it.
Both know the meaning of good friends and good times.
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