I spent some time co-housestitting in Mill Valley last week and thus had a chance to to explore the Marin trail system further north than I have before.
Grueling climbs, fast switchbacks, miles and miles of available trails: this was some real mountain biking.
I feel like my bike handling skills have grown by leaps and bounds in the last few months of riding, which is great since I'll be racing this year. I've been practicing a lot of what I learned from this video I found recommended on a MTBR forum thread. The skills really translate to any type of riding, and practicing them has helped me to be more conscious of my body positioning while riding, which has made me a lot more confident going faster.
After chasing a bobcat on the descent into Muir Beach I found this great old barn at the bottom of the trail.
The beach was beautiful, the southward climb out was torturous.