It’s not just riders we can learn from when looking to improve. Surrounding ourselves with and looking for clues in the behaviour of other successful people can help us too!
If taken at face value, the above video of Yanick (Scott-SRAM’s head mechanic) preparing Nino Schurter’s race day bike will give you tips for your race day bike preparation, but if we scratch the surface there’s more…..
What Yanick teaches us is that there’s a time and a place for practice and experimentation but, when performance matters, methodically applied routine that minimises the chances of mistakes wins the day. Yanick calls it his ‘system’.
Developing our own ‘system’ is essential if we are going to optimise our mental and physical performance. If we know that nothing has been left to chance in our preparation, we can then fully commit to the task at hand and it is this build up that elite level athletes (as well as mechanics, business people, musicians etc) use when getting in to the ‘Zone’. I’ve posted on this subject in the past in The Psychology of Performance and Danny MacAskill on Anxiety, the ‘Zone’ and Mental Imagery. Tim S. Grover also talks about it in his book Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable. If they’re all doing it then we should be too.
If you are going to take the time to practice, practice like the elite.
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