Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ladies can ride too!

 Jess and Sacha came to me as arranged but Unfortunately their friend had car trouble and couldn't join them. We began, as ever with my skills check and I found they needed work in the areas of footwork, looking and body positioning and I made some vital set up changes too.
 We began with the drop technique and they were both stunned at how easy it all was when both physical and mental skill sets were applied.
  We moved onto the skills trail and I worked on cornering and linking all the 14 sections on the trail together via line choice and control zones. Pumping, rock gardens, steps, jumps and drops were linked to flat, bermed, off camber and switchback corners. Soon they were riding the trail end to end and loving it.
  I moved onto applying the skills to riding steep terrain and this was a massive fear for them both but they used their mental skills to decide what they can and couldn't ride and the result was controlled and smooth as ever.

I knew the adrenaline from riding such a fearful technique for them would tire them out mentally but for our final application of the skills we moved to the 6ft tabletop. In a few short steps they both cleared it with ease and in total control. Jess then sat out as she was tired but Sacha carried on for a few more runs trying to ride the gap jump but her mental skills didn't add up for her so she declined it and rode the tabletop a few times instead.
What a session and what an improvement in their mental skills too.
Amazing stuff. High5!

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