Letting the Good Times Roll

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Building confidence on the pedals.

Mountain biking can be an exhilarating, challenging sport requiring physical and mental strength. Transforming your mindset can be essential for overcoming fear and developing your skills; it can also improve performance and safety. It’s important to recognize and respect your abilities and limitations, and ride at a comfortable and safe pace. Downshifting into gears that work is a great metaphor for taking things one step at a time and focusing on what you can handle in the moment. When you focus on your inner strength and perception of the trail ahead, you can make more informed decisions and develop your skills at your own pace without putting unnecessary pressure on yourself to keep up with others. This approach can help you build confidence and achieve your mountain-biking goals while staying safe and having fun. Here are some simple tools for doing so:

90/10 Rule
This can help determine when to take a jump or not. If you are confident that you can nail a line or jump 80% to 90% of the time, then go for it. However, saving it for another day is best if you’re unsure.

Sing a Song
This can be an effective way to diminish anxiety and get out of your head. Find a song that motivates you, gets your adrenaline pumping, and helps you focus on the task at hand.

Let Go of the Brakes
Allowing the tires to roll can be a counterintuitive but useful tactic. It helps to release the tension in your body, making it easier to maneuver the bike.

Go With the Flow
Let go of the inner noise in your head, including insecurities and negative self-talk, and focus on the present moment.

Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small, and strive to hone your skills continually. Riding with friends can also provide a support system and an opportunity to learn from one another, whether trying out new trails or mastering new skills. So let the tires roll, embrace the adventure, and enjoy the ride with fellow mountain bikers!

Diana Proemm is the owner of Your Adventure Rx. Visit her website at youradventurerx.com.