After a great week of riding in North Wales I am back on the homestead. This time trying to find and ride some of the off piste stuff around Ladybower. I was also testing a the theory, that of escaping your comfort zone is where "the magic happens" (so these motivational guru types will have you believe).I have been riding around this area for years and it really was about time I tried to find these routes. I always knew they would be challenging as the wooded areas are really steep and technical (knowing the geography and having seen videos from others). What is clear is that though I gave a few excuses (as we mountain bikers tend to do when our inner voce says "woah there") it is a type of riding that is currently outside of my comfort zone, this is as much psychological as skills based. I do wonder, if I had of been following another rider who knew the trail, would I have not questioned myself as much and gone for it more. Having said that it is always sound advice if you're on trails alone to not take risks.The real story of the ride was the cleats on my shoes (exciting I know). I mentioned that I had some trouble getting out of the peddle on the flat trail section right at the start. I really should have stopped and looked then because they became progressively worse until nearly every time I stopped I was facing the "oh no" moment. So, though I fell off a large number of times, they were all SPD issue related...... honest. Anyway it gave you all a chance to gaze upon my visage and marvel at my chiselled Hollywood good looks as I sat in a muddy puddle at the side of the trail discussing the problem......a rare treat indeed!The final part of the ride took me back to the comfort zone with a run down Potato alley. Funny, I don't get the mental block throwing myself down a loose rocky descent at a speed that, were I to come off, would more likely leave me injured and in serious pain. Us humans really are weird! These trails were, challenging and offered great fun. I merely scratched the surface, there are many others to explore.....I still think the comfort zone is great fun though, don't ignore it!