April 19, 2011

Tuesday Attitude: Practice

“The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.” – J W Holt, Jr.

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    wicasa yatipika April 19, 2011 Reply

    Practice! Another great topic M.D.! As most of you know my passion is mountain biking and if I could be doing one thing outdoors at any moment that would be my first choice! With that said I am always looking for new and enlightened information on how to become better at the sport I love. Like so many things there is much miss-information and Urban Myths that I have to wade through to get to some real truths. We CF’ers are fortunate to have Matt and Chris around to show us proper techniques correct our mistakes and challenge us to become not just proficient but to strive for perfection in the execution of our movements. In many other endeavors we may not be so fortunate to have “good coaching” available to us. Keep that thought in the back of your mind next time someone is correcting or helping you with your form!

    I have come by some great coaching and mtb drills information that have so many parallels to what we learn at CF. With today’s topic of “Practice” I thought it might be relevant to share some of what I have learned about mtb’ing recently that can be used to improve any athletic movement:

    “How do we learn? What is the best way to learn a new skill? How can I best coach this skill? How can I improve on my methods? “Slow” “Deep” and “Deliberate” practice is the best and fastest way to master anything whether it’s playing an instrument, mastering a martial art or becoming a better mountain biker. How does this effect you and your riding?

    Unfortunately the Myelin Sheath doesn’t know what is correct or not, so the more you ride incorrectly the more you build-up that insulation around the wire. Which means the more and more powerful the bad habit becomes.

    What does this mean? It means you first need to learn the correct “in-balance” and “in-control” techniques and then practice them at a very slow pace with an eye on perfection and stopping to correct mistakes.

    If you want to reach your personal best as quickly as possible, slow down and practice deliberately.” _Gene Hamilton

    It costs $719.00 to spend three 8-hour days with this guy to become a better mtb’er. We on the other hand are fortunate to have some very excellent coaches within ear-shot of our workouts to help us realize our potential. Keep that in mind and focus on what you are doing and slow down to become faster!

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