Steve was bought a skills session as a gift voucher and today was the date that we arranged. Steve said he lacked confidence in riding off road and that when racing he simply got left behind when it got remotely technical. The skills check showed him why he was lacking confidence as that affected the other mental skills so I corrected his body positioning and looking skills as well as adjusting his set up and the effect was immediate.
We began with drops and using a 6inch drop to begin Steve began feeling more control than ever before and was soon landing perfectly and used his new mental skills set to decide to ride all three drops up to 3ft! Then we worked on basic pumping and cornering on a single berm, adding a further two later as his mental and physical skills blossomed. A welcome coffee break was followed by riding steeper stuff and although Steve chose not to ride them it was a demonstration he won’t forget as I demonstrated exactly what to do and why.
Rock gardens were something he’d never ridden but he was amazed at how easy everything was becoming. We worked on linking drop offs into corners as well as when to pump and absorb and why and when to jump. Funny, now that Steve was comfortable jumping and dropping sections rather than cornering, even though that was way better than when we had begun too. We worked on gaining speed through pumping and sticking to the ground before moving to the singletrack trail. I could see that Steve was tired from the mental exertion from the session but he didn’t realise until he began making unforced errors and even when he knew what to do, he couldn’t make himself do it and our session ended with a cold beer to celebrate an amazing transformation in his riding