Coming up from Devon

 Nigel, Lee, Jackie and Rob camped in Herts to be fresh for their session and I met them as arranged and we began with my skills check and set up changes. I found I needed to work on their footwork, looking and body positioning in all areas as well as the mental skills.
We began with drops and soon they all rode the 3 drops and commented on how simple it seemed. We moved onto the top half of the skills trail and I worked on pumping, riding rocks and cornering. They began to move into concious competence as they self diagnosed any errors . I moved them on to a different trail and used 2 berms and we began working on carrying speed through them via line choice and braking areas.
 We took a break for lunch and then resumed with linking the drop technique and cornering technique and they soon got faster and smoother than ever.
For what proved to be our final application of the skills , we moved onto the 6ft tabletop and gap jump. By breaking them down bit by bit and building the technique up they all cleared the tabletop and Lee and Rob used their mental skills to positive effect to easily ride the gap jump too with lee styling it!
What a great end to an amazing week.

claire returns for a top up

Claire had been on a session earlier in the week with tony, and decided to cone back for another session we a space with me opened up. I didn’t need to do the skills checks as it was still fresh in her memory, so I started her on the drops again, just to refresh her memory and to get her warmed up. We then moved to the singletrack trail, where I began to work on jumping, and linking this in with cornering. Before long she was rolling down steep bits into corners, jumping and riding the trail top to bottom comfortably. We then looked at some steeper stuff, where she used her mental skillset to choose whether to ride them or not. After a quick break for lunch, we moved onto the tabletop where I controlled her speed, and she used her other physical skills in order to fly across the jump and land perfectly the other side. We had another quick break, as she was beginning to tire, and then moved onto the pump and jump trail, where I explained pumping, and how it can be used to generate. After four hours since we started our session, Claire called an end as she was both physically and mentally tired, and I look forward to meeting up with her in the alps next month to dee how her riding has improved.

Andreys session

Andrew arrived as planned, so I started with the skills checks where I discovered that I needed to work on looking and body position in all the areas of his riding. I could tell that I needed to work on his mental skills, and that he needed to be here now in order to have a full mental skillet. We started with the drop technique where he used his new found skillset, and was soon riding the largest drop so comfortably, that he was unaware that he was riding the largest drop, and commented on how easy it felt. I then moved him onto the skills trail, and we worked on the top half of the trail to begin with, were we looked at cornering in both bermed and flat corners, rock gardens and pumping. His new skillet started embedding and any errors were beginning to be self diagnosed. We then worked on the bottom half of the trail, where we looked at absorbing flyouts and steps, drops, and more corners, and was soon flying down the trail top to bottom. Even after a break, I could see that he was tiring, so I moved him onto two linking corners, where he could see how his skillset allowed him to carry speed through the two sections. 5 hours after we began, our session came to an end due to mental tiredness taking its toll, and I look forward to sseeing Andreys riding updates. 
High 5!

Paul returns for a top up

  Paul came to me for coaching over 3 years ago and wanted to return for another session to correct some errors that had crept in and bring his riding on. I found he needed work on body positioning and looking so I set to work. The drops proved no issue to him and we moved on quickly to linking 2 berms together and the required body positioning, from there we went to a new trail to work on linking the sections on that trail. Steeps, corners, jumps, pumping and near vert drop offs were riding in various ways and the speed of the trail controlled by the identified areas.
 We had a break and resumed with jumping the 6ft tabletop ad gap jump and I was even able to show why the skills applied to styling it in the air too. From there we moved onto the pump and jump trail to work on pumping, jumping and manuals, which to Paul’s surprise he managed to do pretty quickly. I then worked on choosing which technique was best in each section and he linked the 2 earlier berms into the line and the following gap jump.
 Paul had said he didn’t like steeper dj style take offs,  so I worked on that on an isolated dirt jump before moving on to what would prove to be our final application of the skills sets, a 9ft gap jump sandwiched between 2 corners. Paul sailed over the gap 1st go easily but he was tiring and soon after he called time to the session as he was done.
Cracking session.

Julie, Jo, Claire and Ross get a riding tune up

Julie, jo, Claire and ross turned up as arranged and we began as always with the skills check and I found that collectively I needed to work on looking, footwork and body position. I also made some set up changes. We began with the drop technique, and were all surprised at how easy it was, and were all landing perfectly. Before long we moved onto the skills trail, where we worked on each section individually before finally linking them all together over a period of the next two hours. Flat, bermed, switchbacked and off camber ccorners were linked to pumping, absorbing, rock gardens sreps and drops. All were ridden fluidly due to line choice and control areas. Each complete run of the trail was quicker and more in control then they had ever ridden before, and any errors were being self diagnosed. I could see they were tiring, but as they are going to the alps I wwanted to show them why there new skillet can make riding steeper terrain easier, and they were stunned at how in control it felt. Over 6 hours since we started our session, they were both physically and mentally tired, and we celebrated our session with a beer in the sunshine.
High 5!

Steve and Leanne’s 2 to 1

 Both Leanne and Steve are going to the alps this year and wanted a skill session to prepare. I found they needed work on footwork, looking and body positioning and I set to work. Drops were 1st and it wasn’t long before they were in the air and landing perfectly and after a while we moved to the top half of the skills trail to work on linking rock gardens, pump bumps and corners together using their skills sets. They were riding faster and smoother and already self diagnosed any errors as they now knew why.
We moved to linking 2 berms together and they really got to grips with their new cornering technique and became faster and smoother as a result.
 A short break was followed by resuming with riding the rest of the skills trail, Steps, drops and upslopes were all linked with the top half of the trail as they rode all 14 sections.
 We moved off the skills trail as it was just becoming practise and that is something they can do themselves in the oncoming weeks so we moved to riding steeps and linking them to corners. I worked hard on the mental skills here too and soon they were both riding with commitment and confidence.
Over 4 hours after we began and  mental fatigue really began to show and effect the riding so our session ended.
Awesome riding!

Lucas jumps up his riding.

Lucas had been on a family session before and came back for a one to one to jump his riding up a level. So I started the session the same way with the skills checks where we worked on the physical skills of both cornering and jumping. After I corrected what he was doing, and made a slight set up change, we moved on. We moved straight onto drops where I again explained the mental skills involved in riding, and he was soon flying off the largest drop and landing perfectly. We then moved onto dropping into corners, and he applied his drop technique with his cornering technique, which added flow to his riding. We then moved further up the trail, and he showed me his jumping technique, so I moved him straight onto the tabletop, where I controlled his speed, and he was soon flying over it and landing perfectly the other side. After a quick break, I showed him some steeper stuff, both with and without apexes, and he used his mental skillset to be able to ride them comfortably. The session finished with me showing him a fade away jump, where he now chose his own speed to jump a certain distance. 
Great session Lucas!