Lee arrived as arranged today and We chatted of his hopes for the session and of his experiences in other sports. The skills check revealed footwork, looking and body positioning needed tweaking which only left the mental skills to work on later.
I adjusted Lee’s set up and off we went to apply both physical and mental skills sets to various sections you find out in the woods. The technique required for riding off drops was first up and this was something on Lee’s “wishlist” so to speak. It took no time at all for him to begin landing perfectly and he knew why too. Lee rode all 3 drops with ease once he could answer his mental skills positively.
Cornering was next up and this was something that took him by surprise as he soon felt more grip than ever before and also was more comfortable at greater speed. I worked on pumping and then we linked three berms together before having a break for coffee (sorry no tea 😉 )
Next we moved to the singletrack trail and broke the fourteen sections on the trail down before linking them together. Flat, bermed, off camber and switchback turns with pumping, jumps, steps, drops , drop offs and rocks. By the time Lee was riding the trail end to end he did so with a huge smile on his face as he knew why it felt right or not in any section and knew to correct it. watching Lee riding with a huge grin on his face was awesome and we were both loving the session.
We then moved to the pump and jump trail to work on choosing when and why to pump or jump and linked the three berms from earlier in the session in to the line also. Lee was by his own admission a wheels firmly on the ground rider but now he knew why and how to fly and it was amazing to witness his becoming.
Our session came to an end as mental fatigue began to show as the adrenaline was ripping energy from him. I know I have made a friend today and I’ll see you soon dude.