How To Mountain Bike Skills Article by BetterRide founder Gene Hamilton
A real key to mountain biking at your best is to always be on the offense. Defensive riding gets you hurt! When you are on the offense you are riding at the limit of your abilities which improves your focus, coordination and allows you to reach the "Flow" state.
One way to always be on the offense is simply focus on what you want to do. Thoughts like, "get to the bottom of this FUN rocky section as smooth as I can", "rail this corner as fast as I can", "stay balanced and in a neutral position on this loose decent", "climb this loose rocky hill like a Billy Goat, in balance and looking past all the obstacles".
Always focus on what you want to do and always ride on the offense! As a matter of fact, stop riding your mountain bike and start driving your mountain bike. The word "ride" is passive, we ride roller coasters and amusement park rides, the ride is in control. The word "drive" is active, we drive cars, trucks and go-karts, we are in control. Drive your bike with authority.