Monday, February 1, 2016

What I Learned From Making an Edit

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For the past week and change my rad Canadian road teammate Alison and her husband Alex have been staying in our 'pool house' (haha, it's just our guest room really, but it sounds way fancier to call it a pool house). It's been super fun having them around, and last week Alex offered to make me my first 'sick edit'. To be honest, at first I thought it was just going to involve riding around and shooting a few clips of riding mountain bikes, you know 2-3 hours, piece of cake, throw 'em together and you have a 'sick edit'. Yeah, so I was pretty wrong about that, but all the hard work that went into this project was WAY worth it, because the finished project is SO cool. So, here's what I learned making this edit!

#1 (pretty much the HUGEST part of the shooting process) You have to go REALLY fast to make an edit look cool. And if you're going only a little fast, nope, it's going to look lame. So Alex would make me hike up the trail over and over and over again to re-ride sections of trail if I didn't ride fast enough... until I rode fast enough which leads me to the second most important thing I learned...

#2 Filming an edit is A LOT OF WORK! I hiked 2,500ft total making the 2 minute video, on a trail that has only 500 ft total elevation difference from bottom to top! Holy crap was that a LOT OF HIKE A BIKING! Also the descending was physically taxing. Because I don't go 110% on every descent ever, pushing myself so hard on each section over and over was pretty tiring.

#3 Being out of control, sliding, freefalling down a hill IS SO FUN! There was a bit of this happening (didn't make it into the edit) when we were shooting, I crashed into a bush at one point, I thought I was going to die another time... it was awesome. Ok, so I kinda already knew this one, but that same thrilling feeling you get as a kid mountain biking, I got that feeling A LOT pushing myself to go fast enough, and you know what? I think I will be a better/faster descender as a result of riding and re-riding sections of trail as fast as possible over and over again! It really gave me a lot of opportunities to try stuff, to get comfortable skidding/sliding and to work on my body English in a way I don't really do when I go on a ride and hit eah descent only once.

#4 I am so lucky to have such rad friends. Alex is so freaking talented, and the finished product is so much cooler than I imagined it would be when he brought up the idea a week ago. I can't believe in 3 days time we went from concept to finished product and it looks so polished and cool... can't get over it.

So yeah, it was a pretty fun process, we got to watch Aaron Gwin filming in the same location at the same time (we got to know who he's riding for a week before the rumors started flying :) and we will have that song stuck in our heads for a long, long time! Hope you like the video/edit as much as I do! :)

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