Riding your bike at your optimal level is much more than just technique, it’s the state of mind when your mountain bike and mind sync and flow together as one. The flow state is a term many have heard or even used but what does that really mean when applied to the bike and ones riding experience?
What Is Flow?
Flow, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one’s sense of space and time. – As stated so clearly in Wikipedia
How To Find Your Flow On Your Mountain Bike
Now applying that to ones riding experience, translates to being connected to your bike as though you are one unit. Taking away the separation of equipment and body and fusing the experience so you are fully committed and focused on the ride itself. Building up your confidence on the bike allows this flow state on your bike to happen. The more focused, skilled and confident you are the more likely you will ride in the zone.
The Flow State – Feeling Of Mastery!
It is at this moment that we experience that ah-ha moment or the flooding feeling of mastery. There are always things that can break this moment such as an unexpected obstacle, a slipped chain, a deer jumping across the trail. But getting back on track happens a lot quicker once you have been there before and figured out how to let go of the distractions and get back to focus.
Transition From Distraction To Satisfaction
Letting go of self criticism, and doubt, getting completely familiar with the way your bike rides, having the base of helpful skills and spending an abundance of time on your bike, all will make that transition from distraction back to focus much smoother.
Tips To Get You Into The Flow Mind State
Here are a few tips to prepare you for a more focused riding experience:
Leave the drama behind.
If you had a hard day take this ride as an opportunity to re-set and regain your sense of joy.
Start your ride with energy.
Hungry before you head out? Then fuel up with some energy to get your body ready for the adventure ahead. And a no brainer, make sure you have water. (Our favorite bars of course Kate’s Real Food Bars.)
Bike set-up, bike check-up, tire pressure and extra tubes.
And, the best tonic for flow achievement is to have fun and have a positive attitude, take away the seriousness and let go of the chaos. It is here that those sweet moments happen.