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Whip-it Wednesday


Fellow mountain bike riders,

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I want to talk about training through the winter.

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As a professional bike coach I see problems in riders skill developments, and offer corrections and tips to get the rider to the skill level they would like to be. Some riders have new light bulb moments, others are fixing bad habits or even just exploring new techniques.

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Some riders ask me about the real secret sauce. How to get good FAST!

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There are a few ways one can fast track their skills. If you have ever had a lesson from me, you have heard me say “Ten minutes a day goes a really long way!” This is true. I have been working with some clients for two years and they still can't track stand. On the other hand, I have some riders who master the track stand between our first and second lesson, just by trying it ten minutes a day. (Imagine what these riders are accomplishing by lesson 5 with this mentality and work ethic)

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The other thing I see that slows a riders progress down is hangin the bike up for the winter. After all, It’s ski season!

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One of the mountain bikers biggest nemesis is only riding their bike when they load it up on the truck and go to the trailhead. These riders progress the slowest. So what I do to help fix this bad habit is get riders excited to ride AT HOME. If you have worked with me before, you KNOW the at home drills build the skills you want to have for better trail riding. We need to get out of the mentality of only practicing on trail.

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So do yourself a favor, ENJOY SKI SEASON! And also get on your bike for ten minutes and try manuals bunnyhops and track stands. Try cornering in the driveway. Video yourself and watch it. Have someone else analyze your riding. Another set of eyes on you is GOLD! Train with a friend; Tech Tuesdays, or Flat Pedal Fridays, or Skills Saturdays. Come up with a plan and make practicing a regular part of your day/ week.

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Hire a coach who can show you how to do it all ;)

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Thanks for all the support everyone! Let’s head into next spring better than the riders who forget about their bikes all winter. Just reach out.



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