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March 19, 2020, 8:32 a.m. -  Mammal

I'm most certainly continuing to mountain bike, just taking the difficulty level down about 20%. Mountain biking is tailor made for social distancing protocols. Mountain biking has been my anchor in challenging times for the last 20 years, and one of the only ways to truly center myself.  Of course injury is possible, and anything can technically happen at any speed or difficulty level... But my own vague personal injury data suggests that toning it down 20% results in at least a 300% decrease in the likelihood of serious injury.  My job in the manufacturing industry is still happening, with an operation of around 35 people. That makes me nervous, and I'd feel better if we shut down. Mountain biking is the opposite of that, I'm not spreading or contracting anything on my solo rides in the woods, just giving myself a much needed outlet to normality.

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