Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Never too old to learn
Mark and Richard contacted me wishing to have their missing skills identified and new techniques developed. So, starting with the skills check I set about doing just that. What surprised them was that a very important technique was already a natural action and once I removed what bogged it down, that action really blossomed.
The first technique we covered was the drop technique and in no time at all both Richard and Mark were landing perfectly and then used their new mental skill set to ride the bigger drops too!
We then moved onto the trail and we worked on linking the 14 sections contained within it using the correct braking zones.
I focused on developing their footwork and looking before adding body position into the mix too.
Flat, bermed, switchback and off camber corners were ridden. Steps, fly outs, rocks, pumping and more drops were ridden and linked together methodically and the flow began to show.
We worked hard on carrying speed through berms after drops and then we rode the trail end to end a few times and the lads really began operating fluidly and without thinking.
Lastly and to their surprise, I moved them onto the tabletop as they ride swinley a lot and other trail centers and I wanted to make sure they had this in their toolbag too.
In no time at all they sailed over the 6ft tabletop and even rode the gap jump side too!
Awesome session guys!