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True Story – My friend, who is a badass little mtn biker was very nervous to bike with me at Big Sky Resort last weekend. I could hear it in her voice while she said.. “I don’t know, I don’t want to hold you back, I’m not sure that I can do it.”

I rode with her a few weeks ago, and because I’m me, I always assess and watch people’s skills. She was a good rider. And I hear all the time from other women I ride with… “I’m not that good, I’m slow, yada yada” when I see otherwise or even when they are blowing by me.

I like to encourage women to get out of their heads and doing things they never thought they could do or don’t think they can do. This weekend rang true again. I was working my best negotiation skills to just get her to the mountain, and ride with me, because I knew, once she did it, her fear would dissipate. I remember feeling the same way last year when I rode there for the first time. I had some anxiety of the unknown before going and my buddy did the same thing with me, as I did with her. Baby steps. Big Sky looks daunting and scary till you get on the trails and discover it’s bliss.

Turns out my girl crushed it on the terrain. After one run on some mellower terrain, we rode to the top and she was on my tail the whole day. In the end, she was glad I convinced her and we had a kick butt day riding downhill.

Let this be a lesson that you are most likely more capable than you give yourself credit for. Don’t let negative self talk get in the way of doing activities that bring your enjoyment.

Adventure is in the eye of the beholder. We cannot judge anyone for what they consider an adventure. Any endeavors toward the unknown in spite of risks and obstacles that stand in our way can be considered a task or an adventure. You choose. Life is an adventure, go at your own pace, and don’t forget to bring your friends.

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About Diana – Owner of Your Adventure Rx

Diana is an Adventurer, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS), worked as professional outdoor recreation educator for people with and without disabilities for the last 20 years, traveled to over 20 countries and is also certified in Wilderness First Aid. She climbed many mountain peaks, biked numerous trails and paddled all around the world. Ladies, if you thought you couldn’t do it, think again. If you hang out with us for too long you’ll start believing in yourself and leave knowing you can accomplish anything.