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Refine your skill set and optimize your riding experience. Here we will share a few tips and techniques that you can’t miss out on when on the trail.

TIPS: Ride with an open mind to learn and a relaxed body to improve. There is always room to improve your skill set when on the bike. As a professional athlete for many years I can see the value of having continuous challenges to overcome and goals to strive towards.  Creating that FLOW state is so important when riding. To ride as if one with the bike will provide better control of the bike, the highest efficiency and least amount of wasted energy.

As Yoda from Star Wars would say: ‘To mountain bike better and faster, flow as one you must’.

mtb obstacles south lake tahoeWhat Yoda means is that you and your bike must operate as one harmonious unit flowing along the trails.

TECHNIQUE: Relax: You need to let go of the physical and mental tension when on the bike to just charge.You don’t want to be white knuckled, you want to be at ease yet still in control.  Relax your shoulders let go of the tension in your arms to get rid of the shrug. Yet stay in the athletic “ready” position. And now create that flow state, also known as the zone. It 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. Fuse to the bike as a single unit to create that FLOW state.

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