It's weird what you get used to and what you forget.
* Following red arrows for two hours instead of navigating by paths and junctions.
* Winding back and forth in wooded hillsides with little view.
* Catching folk up and waiting to get past - and they always stop at the most inopportune moment.
Great fun nonetheless and easier to concentrate on the riding and bike handling skills.
As for the bike... it's the first time in around a year I've been on the Blur and I'd completely forgotten what a FS bike feels like.
* Rear wheel seems to have a life of its own and I found I had little feel for what was going on with the trail.
* The 26" tyres seem so narrow, small and far away
But hey - it's light and fast and soaks up the terrain.