I could barely get my breakfast down as my stomach was turning at the thought of what I was supposed to do. My bag was packed, my bike tuned up, and I was fully dressed for my Whistler’s Women’s Bike Camp, however the butterflies in my stomach simply wouldn’t calm down:
- What if I’m not good enough?
- What if I crash and hurt myself?
- What if I can’t keep up?
- What if I embarrass myself?
- Is this selfish spending money on this day?
- What will my kids do while I’m gone?
However I had signed up and registration was opening in a few minutes, so it was time to leave the comfort and safety of my hotel room and head over to the base of Blackcomb to sign in.
I was met by a group of equally nervous women… some even pacing, not afraid to show their nerves. However, once we met our guides, we quickly realized that we were in for a VERY different experience!
Here’s what you can expect from a Whistler Women’s Mountain Biking Camp:
Everyone is Nervous
For some reason, as women, we often let self doubt rein when put in situations like this. However, our guides could see right through us and were quick to step in, introduce themselves and answer our questions. Their kind and calm demeanor, as well as expertise quickly created a very welcoming and fun environment which put the nerves at bay.
Everyone is Welcome
When I say everyone is welcome… I mean EVERYONE! Whether you’ve never even seen a mountain bike before, or are a seasoned rider looking to refine your skills, every woman is welcome on the hill. This was no more evident than a woman who was from Australia, who had NEVER mountain biked before and left her 9 month old baby and 2 year old with her husband to head out on a new experience. She was very nervous at the beginning of the day but I got to see her at the end and she was boasting an ear to ear smile!