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balancing while sideways & other lessons from mtb

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On Not Riding

On certain days, even when you’ve woken up early or made extensive arrangements to go for a ride, a feeling breaks through what makes sense and you become aware that you will not enjoy the trail very much.  While it is naturally possible that you’ve just misinterpreted the signal — wires between the mind and the body are always at […]

On Psyching In

Mountain biking is exciting for 3 primary reasons: The amount and variety of landscape and nature one can experience in a single ride is unmatched by any other sport. The sensation of speed through the trees and grass and fresh air as they form a tunnel around you and the blur of dirt beneath your bike. Virtually […]

On Light

It can change very quickly, when the whole forest becomes a single shade of green-brown under an imminent thunderstorm, or very gradually, as the sun progresses across the sky through a full day of riding.

On Target Fixation

Perhaps the most important skill to be learned while riding a mountain bike is a mental one: Even after decades of riding, it’s simply not possible to have a good one without knowing that you’ve just cleared a section of trail by choosing every aspect of your path through it — and great ones happen when it all […]