Wednesday, 12 September 2012

A one to one for Andy









Andy had previously attended2 public session with me and wanted a 1 to 1 session to focus on polishing his new skills. I could tell from our coffee conversation in the morning that he had a body positioning fault and the skills check confirmed this. I worked on Andy's body positioning in a cornering excersise and it wasn't long  before we were both riding the skills trail and he could feel and see the difference.
I brought Andy to a new trail to work on sections that come at the rider faster and need quicker and more precise braking. I broke it down into sections and we pieced it together later. drop offs into corners, jumps, pumping and steep drops were all linked together by their exits and entries.
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  I worked on different ways of dealing with drop offs too and when we rode the trail, Andy was linking everything together with ease. Later on, I demonstrated why the skill set applied to riding alpine style switchback and we linked them into the trail too. His footwork, looking and body positioning made it simple and controlled.
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Before our session ended, I worked on why Andy felt he couldn't jump regardless of how much speed he had and I corrected it easily as it is a common error and once he was more centered it all became easy.
Our session ended as Andy was mentally knackered and we shared a beer and watched the red kites circling over head.
High5

4 comments:

  1. Tony, another amazing day at UK Bike Skills. A brilliant combo of coaching and great company - It's more like riding with a mate who happens to be a superb coach.
    The more coaching I get, the more I enjoy the trails. And the bonus is I'm not as tired when I get to the bottom 'cos I'm working with the trail, and not against it.
    The way you casually chat about seemingly unrelated stuff that later becomes important on the trail is spooky. One minute you're Mr Miyagi 'Wax on, wax off' and the next you're Yoda showing me the secrets of the force. No wonder they call you the Jedi.
    Looking back at the day we covered so much, but it all seemed so relaxed an un-hurried. No wonder I was mentally and physically shattered at the end of the session.
    I don't know what you put in the excellent coffee (or was it the sublime nettle beer?), but I'm coming back next year.
    High5

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  2. Tony, another amazing day at UK Bike Skills. A brilliant combo of coaching and great company - It's more like riding with a mate who happens to be a superb coach. The more coaching I get, the more I enjoy the trails. And the bonus is I'm not as tired when I get to the bottom 'cos I'm working with the trail, and not against it.
    The way you casually chat about seemingly unrelated stuff that later becomes important on the trail is spooky. One minute you're Mr Miyagi 'Wax on, wax off' and the next you're Yoda showing me the secrets of the force. No wonder they call you the Jedi.
    Looking back at the day we covered so much, but it all seemed so relaxed an un-hurried. No wonder I was mentally and physically shattered at the end of the session.
    I don't know what you put in the excellent coffee (or was it the sublime nettle beer?), but I'm coming back next year.
    High5

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  3. Tony, another amazing day at UK Bike Skills. A brilliant combo of coaching and great company - It's more like riding with a mate who happens to be a superb coach. The more coaching I get, the more I enjoy the trails. And the bonus is I'm not as tired when I get to the bottom 'cos I'm working with the trail, and not against it.
    The way you casually chat about seemingly unrelated stuff that later becomes important on the trail is spooky. One minute you're Mr Miyagi 'Wax on, wax off' and the next you're Yoda showing me the secrets of the force. No wonder they call you the Jedi.
    Looking back at the day we covered so much, but it all seemed so relaxed an un-hurried. No wonder I was mentally and physically shattered at the end of the session.
    I don't know what you put in the excellent coffee (or was it the sublime nettle beer?), but I'm coming back next year.
    High5

    ReplyDelete
  4. Tony, another amazing day at UK Bike Skills. A brilliant combo of coaching and great company - It's more like riding with a mate who happens to be a superb coach. The more coaching I get, the more I enjoy the trails. And the bonus is I'm not as tired when I get to the bottom 'cos I'm working with the trail, and not against it.
    The way you casually chat about seemingly unrelated stuff that later becomes important on the trail is spooky. One minute you're Mr Miyagi 'Wax on, wax off' and the next you're Yoda showing me the secrets of the force. No wonder they call you the Jedi.
    Looking back at the day we covered so much, but it all seemed so relaxed an un-hurried. No wonder I was mentally and physically shattered at the end of the session.
    I don't know what you put in the excellent coffee (or was it the sublime nettle beer?), but I'm coming back next year.
    High5

    ReplyDelete