Aaron Gwin Talks Racing

An interesting interview was released yesterday by Bell Helmets in which Aaron Gwin talks about world cup racing. The interesting bits for me in this interview turn up in the first 55 seconds: What do you do to psych yourself up before a race? What are some of your 2018 racing goals? As you’d expect,…

What is the Stability/Mobility Continuum?

The Stability/Mobility Continuum is a concept used in human biomechanics/movement analysis/training etc to describe a requirement of different joints in the body to be more stable or more mobile. There are a couple of ways the term may be used but the most widely accepted use these days involves a joint-by-joint analysis of the body….

Is it the Bike or the Rider that Wins the Race?

Ibis Cycles have released the below video of Robin Wallner riding their new 29er enduro race machine – the Ripmo. The thing that caught my eye about this release wasn’t the video though, it was the description…. “Early this winter, the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team descended on Santa Cruz, California to visit Ibis HQ, meet…

The Power of Self Affirmation

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.   I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.” Muhammad Ali I’ve mentioned Ali’s quotes before in 6 Muhammad Ali Quotes Mountain Bikers Can Learn From and the above one is another…

What are Mirror Neurones?

I’ve mentioned mirror neurones quite a bit in various articles but what are they? Mirror neurones are basically brain cells that fire when you perform an action but also when you see the same action performed. In other words, the brain cells that fire when we perform e.g. a bunny hop, also fire when we…

The First 20 Hours

I highlighted the work of Josh Kaufman a few years ago now (in Want to learn to ride better? You’re only 20 hours away!) but I recently pointed someone in the direction of his work and so thought I’d share it again. I fairly frequently mention the 10,000 hours / 10 year theory of expert…

Mentors

How often has someone given you a piece of advice and you’ve thought…..’if only I’d known that 6 months ago’? That’s the power of mentors and the world’s elite have theirs: Michael Jordan had Dean Smith Kobe Bryant had Michael Jordan Cristiano Ronaldo had Laszlo Boloni Tiger Woods had his dad Mozart had his father…

Too Tired to Practice? Meet Lael Wilcox

Ever felt like you don’t have the time to get out on your bike or that you don’t have enough energy to practice? Then meet Lael Wilcox in the below WIRED YouTube channel feature. Lael’s an ultra endurance bike racer who clocks up around 20,000 miles a year – the distance she rides is almost…

Goblins & Gremlins

In yesterdays post I spoke about the usefulness of Self-Talk management but how, while it’s easy to understand, it’s hard to master. The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness is a mind management model by Professor Steve Peters that has been used by many elite performing individuals…

Self-Talk

Yesterday was On Track with Curtis Keene Season 1, Episode 2. Today is On Track with Curtis Keene Season 1, Episode 3. At the start he talks about mind trolls and how they can destroy your ability to perform. Sports psychology has an answer for this. The term Self-Talk in sports psychology refers your inner…

Macrocycles, Mesocycles, Microcycles?

I was re-watching Season 1, Episode 2 of On track with Curtis Keene when macrocycles, mesocycles and microcycles were mentioned so I thought I’d give a taster of what they are. Periodisation in sports training describes a training schedule that encompasses multiple workouts over a set amount of time. The schedule is broken into 3 components:…

Trek Women have a Powerful Message

Just last week I wrote about elite athletes overcoming adversity and how it makes them stronger in 6 Muhammad Ali Quotes Mountain Bikers Can Learn From. This weekend I stumbled across this video and it’s powerful stuff. The women from the Trek Factory Racing talk about how overcoming bullying, the jealousy of others, injuries and…