Friday, 14 September 2012
Paul and Chris come down from Nottingham
We began with the drop technique and I worked on the mental skills that for the questions that each rider uses to decide whether or not to ride a section. In no time at all they were riding and landing perfectly and with greater ease than ever before.
A body correction exercise in corners followed before we went to the skills trail to apply their new skills sets. Pumping, rock gardens, steps, fly out jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns. We moved gradually down the trail, always adding the new segments to the previous ones and before long they were both riding the trail end to end with more control and confidence and greater speed too. We had a break to give them a breather mentally before resuming on the trail to work further on braking and line choice.
For our final application of the skills sets, I demonstrated riding steeps and soon both Paul and Chris follwed suit. I even took them to a near vert drop off and they repeated the technique there too.
Our session ended as I could see they were very tired mentally.
What an end to a great week of coaching.