mindset

July
4

There comes a time in every rider’s life when they have to decide if clipless pedals are something that they want to try. And contrary to popular belief I am completely fine with that…I have just as many riding buddies who ride clipless as flats. I’ve never said that flats are better than clipless pedals […]

November
11

Have you ever heard that little voice in the back of your head that told you that you should or shouldn’t go for something on your bike? You’re not sure exactly where it comes from but you get a gut feeling about your abilities, and often these hunches turn out to be true. It is […]

November
1

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when getting into mountain biking is to think that it is a great way to get into shape. This mindset is actually a big problem with the fitness world in general – playing a sport is not how to get into shape. Things work out much better […]

October
18

I’ve recently realized that the people I work with break down into two basic categories. The first group doesn’t question what I ask them to do. They trust that whatever program they are on is the best one for them and they work as hard as they can on it. The truth is that there […]

October
4

At a recent Perform Better Summit I heard Todd Durkin speak about how to get more impact out of the your life, both in the things you achieve and in the people you help. Todd is one of the most energetic guys you’ll ever meet and he excels at getting more out of each day […]

September
30

As a coach I’ve noticed a trend with people both in the gym and on their bikes when it comes to learning something new. They seem to think that the once they’ve been shown something their first goal is to “do it right”. Doing it “right” isn’t the goal, you’re goal is to do a […]

July
31

As a coach I read a lot of books that deal with psychology and motivation. The human mind is an amazing thing capable of overcoming and achieving almost anything and the lessons I’ve learned from these books have helped me and my clients a lot over the years. With enough focused practice you can become […]

July
3

I had a great question in the forum of my Personal  Coaching Site regarding the kettlebell swing and relating it to the trail. As I have said many times, figuring out that the “hip pop” the swing teaches us is the same movement you want to use to pop a lip or bunny hop up […]

June
12

Here is a reality check I often have with myself or clients when we start to lose focus on what will really help us ride with more speed, endurance and confidence on the trail… – You don’t need to find a new “sport specific” exercise or fancy workout style to improve your riding, you just […]

June
10

This past weekend my little girl Shilo had her first belt test in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She’s been really dedicated to it for the last 6 months and has picked it up really quickly. Plus we have a lot of fun “wrassle frassling” with each other as we practice at home. In BJJ you actually […]

May
13

Humans are funny creatures because of our ability to forget just exactly how bad something sucked in the heat of doing it. For example, if a woman really remembered what childbirth felt like they’d never do it more than once. Luckily that isn’t the case and the further away we get from something like that […]

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