Erica Tingey rocking and rolling

Updated: August 27, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
By Kim Cross | Special to espnW

It definitely wasn't the "safe" choice. She hadn't ridden her mountain bike in years. The baby -- an armful of wiggle, cute as a new mother's day is long -- was only 18 months old. She could blame the decision on "mommybrain." Or sleep deprivation. Or the fact that the baby weight was not coming off, and she missed her old body -- once an athlete, always an athlete -- and the way it could move.

Whatever the case, when her husband suggested she enter her first mountain bike ...

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