Sharon turned up as arranged with husband Chris whom I have coached before. He joined in every now and then but the session was Sharon’s. The skills check showed me that Sharon needed work on looking and body positioning and that I had to give her control.
We began as ever with drops and she amazed herself by riding all three drops with ease, using her new mental skills. We worked on braking control and that really changed how she controlled her environment and that made a massive difference to her riding.
We worked on carrying speed through linked berms and later on we linked the lower half of the skills trail together using line choice and braking areas to link a fly out jump, steps, corners and drops. Sharon , by her own admission was knackered but we still had time to work on jumping tabletops before she called an end to the session with a massive smile on her face.
High5 Sharon and Chris!
Steve has been to see me a couple of years ago and wanted to develop his riding and share the session with his riding buddy’s Helen, Jon and Hugh. The skills check showed me the missing and also the present skills and a set up change or two helped .
We started with the drop technique and applied their new skills , both mental and physical to this technique and it soon became easier and easier. We moved on to cornering and carrying speed though berms and also linking them and their new body positioning, looking and footwork really paid off. We moved to the trail and broke it down into bite sized chunks before linking the whole trail together, faster and smoother than previously possible. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns were linked to drops,steps, pumping, rock gardens and fly out jumps. Now they were buzzing but tiring so we moved to jumping tabletops and they wee soon in the air and clearing it, bar Helen who by this time was shattered and tired from the efforts of the session so far. Jon and Steve rode the gap jump a good few times too with massive grins as they landed too. I moved to the pump and jump trail that ends with 2 berms and a 7ft ladder gap jump and by the end of the session they were flowing nicely down the trail choosing what to jump or pump and both Steve followed by Jon rode the 7ft gap to finish the session. Awesome session although baking hot.
Nik came to me for coaching 2 years ago and earlier this year he broke his shoulder in a corner so our session was about building his confidence back but first I needed to isolate what skills were missing and why.We warmed up with drops and then we worked on speed,effort and distance when jumping and we used a 6ft tabletop and gap jump for this and Nik was blown away by this and that old smile grew on his face once more.
I moved to cornering and used a single left handed berm and I could see no errors but when he turned right I found why he was crashing. Nik was giving away body positioning and this needed remedying. Slowly but surely Nik got smoother and therefore faster through both berms and soon added the 7ft gap jump follwed by the ladder drop that follwed.We took a break as the mental strain from cornering was taking its toll on him.
We resumed on a new trail to work on his pheripheral fear as he was heading to the alps for the 1st time in a few weeks time and I needed to help him. We worked on rolling down steeps into corners and linked a faster trail than the skills trail together, even riding the near vertical drop off at the end in a variety of ways and now he was buzzing! We worked on linking drops into berms too before We moved to jumping a larger 9ft gap jump and Nik linked all the previous berms,gaps and drops into the line and was grinning like a cheshire cat as he was now railing berms and turns. For our final task we worked on a 12ft ladder gap that nik sailed over a few times before the adrenaline and mental tiredness got the better of him and we ended the session with massive smiles and I knew Nik was back and ready for the Alps.
Todays session started with both skills checks, where i checked for a number of physical skills within the techniques that er would be using throughout the day. Any necassary corrections where made and worked on here before moving onto the trail. The next few hours were spent on the trail. We worked down section by section, putting to practice the skills we had previously worked on. We linked both bermed and flat corners, rode rock gardens, and absorbed our bikes through flyouts, steps and drop offs. Our session finished on the drop technique, where we applied the mental skills, and soon everyone was riding off a drop of their choice, and landing perfectly, some even feeling air for the first time.
Great work guys!