Just spent the last 5 days riding everyday and looking back I can't believe how much biking is part of my life.
It started off with me commuting through London years ago and when I moved out of London I got a brand spanking new bike to do a Triathlon on and after chatting to a NZ friend of mine who used to be a Pro DH'er BITD, I thought lets see what these Mountain bikes can do.
I took it up a local hill (Leckhampton), found it damn hard work and had to push it up most of the way. But the ride down was awesome and I was hooked even though it was on a fairly flat smooth descent - but seemed so scary at the time.
Since then I've gone through phases, initially just getting fit to make it up my local hill, followed by getting fitter to do more than just getting up my local hill and trying to clear certain climbs or sections which I didn't have the skills for.
For a few years I spent a lot of time and energy trying to get as fit and as fast as possible but after a year or so I got fit but found it a bit of a dead end. I went from just riding MTB to riding a lot of road on a converted MTB (my original one). However I felt you can only get so fit and maintaining it is hard work requiring a lot of commitment for not an equal gain (in my eyes).
What changed my view was a winter spent with numerous bugs (from overtraining, having kids and also a damp problem in my house) I started to focus on the technical aspects of my riding as I'd not got as fit as I hoped over the winter.
Found I was searching out different things to help improve my skills and trying new stuff to see how it helped. Ended up beefing up my Soul and starting to do more technical runs and trying to push my skills. Even ended up riding BMX - something I never thought I would do or be interested in, but I can't believe how much I love that side of my riding - just practicing something for hours on end is really satisfying and very addictive.
Now I'm starting to get more into the DH side of things which is quite a challenge but keeps my riding evolving and my interest high. But on the whole doesn't matter what it is, as long as its got two wheels I'm happy!!
Feel free to share how your riding has changed over the years and why you've made those changes, but I had to share as its such nice weather!