I’ve only been into MTB for a few seasons now, I rode a bike throughout childhood - high school but was never that serious about it, I had a super cycle mostly used for getting to friends places and a bmx I didn’t know how to use very well.
I took an unintentional hiatus from age 19-26. Moved around out of province, fell in love, got married etc… then a few summers ago I spontaneously bought an old freeride hardtail, and found an amazing trail system full of jumps berms and drops which sent me into a full frenzied addiction.
As for this year… Didn’t get much riding in compared to previous seasons, I was still recovering from last years bail when I did a full send off a fairly sizeable step down, was way too fast and overshot the landing transition and nosedived the flat ground after the transition (oops) - immediately ate the dirt and rock, and I won a sweet concussion and broke a couple bones in my face including a cracked orbital bone as a reward.
I was back on my bike within a couple weeks for light riding, dropped into a half pipe and my newly flawed depth perception caused me to overshoot and my rear tire ate my leg, bruised thigh from the knee up… I had several stupid crashes the rest of that season as well… I never fully shook that big crash until later this summer when I started feeling comfortable and balanced again.
So, One year and a severe concussion and broken orbital and cheek bone later (I was even wearing a fox full face), I’m feeling confidently back to my full capabilities and just fuckin sendin’r off whatever I can find again. Also just bought a new bike, and now that I’m full recovered… my season is just kind of getting started