When mountain biking we often overlook crucial mental skills that help us use our physical skills better and more confidently. I came up with the name, “Fully Rigid Eyes” when I realized I was looking at the trail with the same “eyes” as I did on my first mtb ride in 1989! It was 1998, nine years later and my skill and my equipment was head and shoulders better than it was in 1989 but I was looking at the trail like I did on that first ride (on a fully rigid mountain bike)!
“$100, that is way too much!” “45 minutes before the results are posted, who has time for this!” “Remember when MTB races were $35 bucks, what a rip off these days…” “$100, these guys are getting rich, I did the math …..”
First, no MTB race promoter is getting rich. Some who provide an amazing experience for their racers are doing quite well but shouldn’t they ….
Coming back from an injury, mountain bike crash or setback
I have gotten a lot of emails about this tough mental process. I think this is an area where many people struggle, certainly for me I have had a mountain bike crash or two (okay more like 10!) that effected my performance for …
This is an updated version of a mountain bike skills article I wrote in 2010. It starts off about racing but my answers will help in any “pressure situation” on trail (an unexpected gnarly rock garden, a challenging and/or exposed section of trail, etc). I had received this email from a student: …
My updated answer for anytime you are mountain biking, not just racing:
This a tough thing for many racers and as I mentioned a few times in our camp, what good are all the skills if you can’t use them when needed?
There has been an amazing amount written about MTB skills and our students are always asking me to write a book on mtb skills. My book is in the works but it is taking a lot of time because I want the book to actually help you become better, not fill your head with knowledge. Knowledge is worthless if you can’t put that knowledge into action on your bike!