Just miss it! With most of the tailwhip completed, stand the
bike nearly upright momentarily for a few inches of trail to
gain handlebar clearance from the inside tree trunk. Make
sure the rear tire doesn’t hook up too much on the berm/out-side edge of the rut; otherwise, it can easily high-side you and
spit you head first into the murky depths.
Steady now: With the tree trunk cleared, lay the bike back
over slightly to keep your balance and desired direction. With
the slide complete, you are now pointed to go around the
puddle. Release the rear brake and put your right foot on the
ground (as shown) for support, if necessary, while getting
back on the gas!
Staying dry: With good acceleration, you can use the banked
edge of the puddle like a berm and arc around it.
The approach: If you haven’t anticipated this mud puddle, you
don’t want to just go diving into it. The grinding technique
works best in this situation. There is almost always a small
portion of the outer edge that you can run the front wheel on
to keep it up and out of the water or deep mud. Precise wheel
placement is crucial. Put it exactly where you need it to go.
With enough speed, you will be able to berm the front wheel
around the outer wall to your advantage. Without enough
momentum, you will be unable to stick to the wall and will
have to stand the bike upright, either slamming the handlebars into the tree trunk or having to drop down off the wall
and into the water.
Gas it! Once past the tree trunk, give it a fist full of throttle
and start to stand the bike upright. Be ready to quickly react
to possibly being thrown off balance by the rear tire dropping
down into the deep, bike-swallowing rut hidden beneath the
surface. This is easiest to do when in the standing position.