Friday, 19 August 2011
Helping James search for mtb skills
James has had coaching twice before and wasn't entirely happy with it but his search led him to me.
On meeting, I gave him my commitment for his coaching and we began with set up and the skills check which showed me what was missing. I could see James had footwork, looking and body positioning faults and also missed a skill on his natural unweight technique.
Once corrected, I worked on his mental skills too as we moved to the drops.
James was surprised how easy it was once he had his skills enhanced and was landing perfectly time and time again.
We moved onto the coaching trail. we worked on pumping to use the trails energy and linked it to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. Rock gardens, fly out jumps, steps and drops.
We worked on each section before linking it to the previous one using the identified braking areas. Methodically, we moved down the trail. we worked on each section before adding it to the previous and soon we were riding the entire trail. James was so confident in his skill set now that he moved back to the drops to ride the largest one that he'd previously not considered.
After a good few runs of the entire trail we moved onto the 6ft tabletop. Much to James's surprise, he cleared it easily after a few body position and looking reminders and he never looked back after.
The inner child in James was smiling and the expression on his face was a picture of contentment and happiness as our session came to an end.
Amazing session that ended a great day.