I haven't been out on the bike much so I went out to Swinley Forest today, even though the weather was rubbish and raining.
I was lost as soon as I left the Look Out centre reception! I have no idea if I rode in the expert mountain bike area but I did went off the main road and followed some bike trails into the forest. I didn't push myself at all and had a nice leisurely ride at a comfortable pace for a couple of hours. I didn't enjoy the wet roots though, riding over them put me out of my comfort zone either due to the loss of grip, deflection of my line or both. I hit what I assumed was a shallow dip with a layer of mud, it actually turned out to be a deep rut filled with mud!! My front wheel sank 3 or 4 inches in and stopped dead, throwing me off over the handlebars. I wasn't going too fast so I was ok, I picked the bike back up, straightened up the saddle and carried on. The bike seems to have developed noises from the front wheel though, I reckon it's due to the mud that engulfed the braking surface on the rim.
I don't think I'm actually improving my fitness levels, most of my riding is at a sedate pace and I don't have the enthusiasm to go up a gear in effort... I feel like I'm just going for a nice cruise around some woods.