The SOMBANDS STORY: Lauren Jones

Would you believe me if I told you that it is easier to bike on a rocky trail in the pitch dark wearing only a single headlamp than to mountain bike the same trail in the daytime?

Well, I have done it, and let me tell you, it is absolutely true.

Up until last year I had a love hate relationship with my mountain bike. I had a couple of bad falls and was letting the fear overcome me. Every time I rode I was not able to relax and enjoy the ride.

This all changed on a weekend trip to Fruita when my husband somehow convinced me to do a night ride with him. It was during this ride that I was not only cured of my seemingly insatiable fear but also discovered a great metaphor for life.

You see, when biking in the dark with only a small circle of light to illuminate your path you must focus on where you want to go not on what you are afraid of hitting. You are blinded to the potentially fear inducing distractions in front of you or on either
side of you; you just don’t have time to get scared. Maybe ignorance really is bliss.

When biking in the daylight I had a bad habit of focusing the scary rocks I wanted to avoid, not the path I should be taking to safely maneuver around those objects.

The rocks are like worries, the more you focus on them the larger and more fearsome they seem. If you focus directly on them when approaching you will head straight for them and most likely crash, but if you focus on where you want to go then you barely notice them.

I think Roosevelt had it right when he so poignantly said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Fear makes everything worse when mountain biking. You cannot hesitate; you have to have faith in yourself and your bike and just go for it! Once self-doubt takes control you lose momentum and cannot make it over the obstacles in front of you.

Through this experience I had discovered that I was letting fear become my State of Mind. Not only when mountain biking but in other areas of my life too.

I created these bands to help remind me that fear is just a State of Mind. I can choose to give into fear or face life’s challenges with confidence. Now when I ride I wear my State of Mind band and every time I get scared all I have to do is look down at my wrist to remind me that the fear is only in my head.

-Lauren Jones
SOMbands creator