BikeJames2 RFAL Members Forum Riding Too much to focus on

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    Greg Smith
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    Hi,

    I used to ride just for fun. Didn’t get serious on really any aspect other than moving. I found I wasn’t able to get to the level of riding that I wanted though and was suffering from lack of skills, technique, strength, and fitness, pretty much everything. Now that I’ve been riding intentionally I’m finding that I’m frequently trying to focus on several things things at once, breathing, foot position, and body position while going through the various trail features which brings about efforts to focus on standing or cornering or climbing or descending. While going through all of this I find that I am losing focus and drifting off into a focus on another thing. For example, when I’m trying to focus on my breathing and hit a portion of trail that has corners I lose my breathing focus and instead move to focusing on cornering technique. I then find I’ve drifted away from good breathing. Is this to be expected until more of these become ingrained? What I’ve tried to do is to find rides that I can use to focus on just one thing and do just that on the ride. For example there are a couple of trails that don’t have very much technical terrain so I can focus on just my breathing on those rides. Should I work on one thing at a time until it becomes more of a habit? Use different trails and focus on specific things on that trail and allow things to come together over time? I kinda get the feeling that I’m not progressing on some things as quickly as I would like because my focus keeps shifting during rides.

    Thanks.

    #11648
    bikejames
    Keymaster

    #11650
    bikejames
    Keymaster

    Here is the skills training progression plan I mentioned in the video:

    Skills Training Progression Plan

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    Greg Smith
    Participant

    Thanks for putting together the video to address my question James. That really helps and especially the list. That gives me a “plan” to work on. As a project manager I always need a plan. 😉

    Greg

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