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Charge/Bliss/Flow

How does your mindset affect your speed? I devised a simple experiment. You can gauge a ride based on performance or enjoyment...or both. If it’s performance, you’re Charging, and probably using Strava. If it’s enjoyment you’re blissing, and finding the most pleasurable lines. If it’s both there’s a good chance you’re flowing. So, I rode [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:32+00:00August 11th, 2014|Cycling, RL Connection|0 Comments

Riding Distance…in Time

Consider the distance you’ve travelled (not in kilometers...or miles) from when you started riding to now in terms of skills, friendship, and enjoyment. I did a super quick sketch of this for myself between the ages of 13-35:   For me, skill doesn’t correlate with enjoyment. That’s a myth in sport. Now with trials for [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:32+00:00August 9th, 2014|Coaching, RL Connection|0 Comments

Practicing Postponing

From Squamish singletrack on Friday to Silverstar Bike Park on Saturday, great friends and riding, socializing and partying. Holiday mode Sunday morning and breakfast with friends and then more riding...and a long drive home...gotta postpone my core workout again! Or do I? You see, a strong core is crucial for me, if it’s not my back goes [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:35+00:00August 9th, 2014|RL Connection|0 Comments

Can you RE-Relax

When you’re relaxed, can you re-relax? It’s hard to even relax in the first place though, let alone re-relax! The body-mind connection makes this clear. Just try to stay relaxed for more than a few moments, chances are your mind will drift off and habitual muscle tension will return to the body. Not only that [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:35+00:00August 9th, 2014|Meditation, RL Connection|0 Comments

Quickie Equiped

Typical conversation at home when I was a kid: How long til dinner Mum? 10 minutes Ryan. Perfect, I'll practice wheelies! With that attitude, I was quickie equiped, those moments add up! You’re busy. And life is complex. No time to practice. Spare 10 minutes arises, still not enough time...not so fast! Remember being a [...]

By |2014-08-09T00:56:30+00:00August 9th, 2014|RL Connection|0 Comments

Copy Cat to Creation

Watch. Imitate. We all start out in riding by imitating. Monkey See Monkey Do. (to borrow the title of an old Hans Rey film) That’s what we are for the most part, monkeys. Almost all our abilities on our bikes, arise from imitation. Typically, once you master what you’re imitating, then you’re in a position [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:35+00:00July 1st, 2014|Cycling, RL Connection|0 Comments

Practice in your Minds Eye

As a teenager, I practiced bike trials until dark, often failing to make progress on a specific trick. Exhausted, I’d visualize the trick before bed, and then all through the next day at school...after school I’d try it and nail it first try. Practicing in the minds eye is soooo powerful. I visualized this [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:35+00:00June 24th, 2014|Meditation, RL Connection, Yoga|1 Comment

Re-Action Traction

You have to act before you can re-act, then you can react on the previous reaction and continue on like that building greater accuracy and competency in the movement until it becomes a habit. Muscle memory, that's what athletes strive for. A simple example is walking. You don’t need any conscious effort to walk, it’s [...]

By |2020-11-19T22:21:35+00:00June 16th, 2014|RL Connection|0 Comments