Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Giving Ben confidence in his riding.
Our Session began as always with the skills check, where i found that looking and body position were Ben's main weaknesses. I worked on these within all the 3 techniques, within the skills check, as well as doing a different cornering exercise, before putting them into practise. We started with working on linking two corners together, before moving onto the skills trail, where we used the first half of the trail, to link both bermed and flat corners with rock gardens. We then used his now concious unweighting technique on some drops, where he used his new mental skills set, along with his physical skills to be able to land perfectly off the largest drop comfortably at a variety of speeds. We then started linking drops into corners at the end of the trail. We worked on jumping using a fly out, which he rode with ease, and finished off here riding the trail top to bottom, improving each time, and self diagnosing any errors. Next we rode the tabletop, where i took care of one of his skills, leaving him with the others, and he was soon using these to land perfectly on the down slope of both the tabletop and gap jump. We moved up the the pump and jump trail, where he was pumping to gain speed and jumping other sections. He linked this with the two corners he started on, and the wooden ladder gap that follows. This lead us onto the ladders, where Ben rode a section of ladder involving two corners and a drop. Our session finished on the skills trail, which he requested to return too, just to remind himself of body positioning in the corners.
Great improvements today Ben!