Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
The look on his face when I said we'd begin with the drop technique was a picture as he thought he'd never get his wheels into the air and at best it would be at the end, not the beginning! I went through the application of both mental and physical skills and demonstrated, then it was Barry s turn. The look on his face as he landed perfectly was a sight to see and then he repeated it over and over and even moved onto a higher drop too! After a while we moved on and before going to the skills trail we worked on his body position when turning before finally moving onto the trail.
Pumping was used to gain free speed and then it was linked to a berm and flat corner. A rock garden was focused on next as I knew it was an issue with him but once Barry had rode it in his new riding position he felt at ease and in control so we linked 6 sections together easily. We had a break for coffee and then resumed with the fly out jump and another turn with a step on the exit. Soon, Barry was linking 9 sections of the trail together and smiling as he did so. We worked on riding drop offs and linking them into corners by braking technique and line choice. Any errors were being self diagnosed now too but mental fatigue was really getting hold of him and soon after, elated and smiling ear to ear our session ended.
Awesome riding dude.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
they both began riding the whole trail together and it was obvious they were riding the trail smoother and in more control than ever before and also, they knew why.Each run got faster and more confident as they rode the trail end to end together. The extreme wind of the day ended any hopes of jumping which is unusual but I wanted to work on stuff that applied to their riding more than just trail center stuff so we worked on riding steeps using their new body positioning. Our session ended after nearly 5 hours as mental faigue appeared and we warmed up with a coffee around the fire.
Awesome riding , High5!
Friday, 26 October 2012
Dennis turned up to the skatepark as arranged and Mark began with a simple line in the street area and soon it evolved into jumping and manualing the driveway and riding in and out of a small quarter and riding a step up.
Nice one !
Footwork, looking and body positioning were identified as areas for work and I made some critical set up changes and showed them both why. Immediately, the lads were more comfortable riding and we moved onto applying their new mental and physical skills to the drop technique. Both of them commented on how it felt so easy and they both rode all drops with ease.
We moved onto the skills trail and began working on linking the 14 sections on it together. Pre jumping, steps, fly out jumps, drops and rock gardens were linked to off camber, switchback, flat and bermed corners. in couple of hours they were linking the trail together faster and smoother than ever before and in total control.
Using a 6ft tabletop I worked on applying both skill sets and in a few small steps they both sailed over it over and again with ease. They then used their mental skills to decide to ride the 6ft gap jump too a few times!
Mental fatigue hit home soon after and our session ended with smiles all round.
Awesome riding guys.