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My Mountain Biking Restart – At 50

I got into mountain biking when I was in my 20’s, just before I got married. I had the bike, upgraded the bike, traded up to a better bike, upgraded that bike… etc. Then, I got married, my career took off and I had kids – mountain biking became a distant memory.

Now. the kids are teenagers, I write for a living and I badly wanted (and likely needed) to do something outside and active again – enter: mountain biking. I wasn’t sure how deeply I would dive into the MTB world or which flavor of off-road biking I would do. When I was younger, the downhill stuff was fun, but I’m ancient now – just ask my kids.

First, I bought an affordable trail bike – the Cannondale Catalyst 3. It was priced at a point ($400) where I could afford to make mistakes and learn how bike technology had advanced over almost 30 years. Then I put a training plan together and set some goals.

My goals include running a cross country race in 2019 and taking a podium, in my class, in 2020. My training program includes 5 trail rides per week, calisthenics, core work and weight room time every week.

Next, I cataloged the equipment I had, what upgrades I wanted and took notes on the original and upgraded gear.

During this adventure, I’ll write about my rides, share some of them and talk about the original and upgraded gear I try. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

See all my Mountain Bike Posts HERE.

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Rich Mitchell

Rich Mitchell is the editor-in-chief of Conservative Daily News and the president of Bald Eagle Media, LLC. His posts may contain opinions that are his own and are not necessarily shared by Bald Eagle Media, CDN, staff or .. much of anyone else. Find him on twitter, facebook and

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