Earlier this month I shared a couple of posts about what you can learn from some other sports, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and BMX Racing. If you read them then you might have noticed that one of the lessons from both of them was to focus more on improving your technical skills.
In fact, if you look at the training programs for athletes in most sports you’ll see a lot of attention and energy being directed towards improving their technique. But, thanks to the strong influence that road riding has on most training programs, this isn’t something that most mountain bikers have come to appreciate as much as they should.
Your technical skill level is one of your most important assets on the trail, especially as you gain more experience. Besides keeping you safe as your ride more challenging terrain and features, your technical skill is the key to improving your endurance as you ride more.
Since your VO2Max can’t increase forever, most of the performance gains after the first few years of riding come from improvements in efficiency and skill. Using less energy to move on your bike and maintaining more momentum on the trail are what really drive your endurance gains over the long run.
Considering the improved safety and performance that improving your skills promise, it makes sense to cut out some of the pedaling based cardio (which counts as skill training for a roadie) and focus instead on improving your skills.
And while there are a lot of different skills you can focus on, I’ve found the top 3 skills that help a rider improve their performance are… Post Continued :: Click to Read More