For most of my thirties and forties I was mountain biking too much! How can that be you ask? Well, let me explain.
From the time I did my first race until very recently I was completely obsessed with mountain biking, it was my life. I moved into my van and took my summers off from work to race and train full time.
Friends often ask me how I have managed to live my mountain bike dreams of making a living as a mountain bike coach. It isn’t that hard to follow your dreams, the hardest part is breaking the inertia of your current life! Often it seems like life is conspiring to not let you go.
I have always thought it was life’s/god’s/mother earth’s way of seeing how bad I wanted to make the change. Life was testing me, life started to become a struggle, but I didn’t let it get me down. If I can live my dreams, so can you! So do you what you want to do with the rest of your life!
That’s right, I have found the way to never flat again on your mountain bike while still running low enough pressure for the best control, traction and shock absorption! I didn’t invent this nor am I going to make a nickel off this but I have to share it!
My last flat on my downhill bike was a week ago
At BetterRide we define winning while mountain biking as doing your personal best. Not just showing up to ride but doing the best you can on any given day. I learned this when I coached for the Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club. Despite coaching more Olympians that any other city in America the SSWSC defined winning as, “Doing your personal best”. The wise coaches who shaped the SSWSC understood that 99% of their athletes were never going to make a living at the sport and there were bigger things to be taught than just coming in 1st place. This is a great lesson for life too. If you do your best at what ever you are doing (working, playing, learning, etc.) you will be satisfied and happy. If you slack off you will be disappointed, it really is that simple.
Your body has NO idea how to ride a mountain bike correctly! Your brain might know some skills but your body doesn’t preform them. A great example of this is looking ahead, we all know to do this but 99% of mountain bikers fail to do this most/all of the time. You honestly aren’t riding as well as you are physically and mentally capable of because your body doesn’t understand how to consistently ride in balance and in control.
Why does your body have no idea how to ride correctly? You and your body aren’t dumb, I’m not putting you down, it is just comes down to practice, you haven’t done any….