Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Polishing Ian's riding










  A crisp frosty morning welcomed Ian to Herts for his session and I began by running him through my skills check. I found he needed work on body positioning and looking and set to work. I worked on the mental and physical skills for drops before moving onto the skills trail to work on linking the 14 sections on the trail together. Absorbing, pre jumping, rock gardens, drops  and steps were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns.
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 We moved down the trail always linking the previous sections to the next until  Ian was riding the trail top to bottom. Any errors were now being self diagnosed as he moved into conscious action.
From there we moved onto a higher drop with added peripheral fears and worked on body position there too and soon he was landing perfectly there also.
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 We then worked on applying the skills set to riding down steeper stuff and dealing with dropping into near vert stuff too!
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The session was moving along nicely and on we went to the 6ft tabletop and gap jump to work on speed judgement and body positioning there too and soon Ian was styling it up. For our final application of the skill set I moved us onto the pump and jump trail to link his pumping and jumping and also to show why the skills applied to manualling through doubles and tabletops too. After a good few runs, Ian declared himself knackered mentally and our session ended. I cannot wait for your ride updates dude,
High5!



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