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Using the bike trainer for integrated MTB training

Lee,
For the last two seasons, I have trained on TrainerRoad, which frankly, I feel is too narrow-minded of an approach for MTB, and the ROI is weak. I’m ready to take on a more MTB specific “overall” approach to training. Now that I’m a member of the Lee Likes Bikes MTB School, where do you suggest I start? “Base” and “3”, maybe? Myabe stick with TR Low Volume, but add one of your weight plans?
Thanks! Looking forward to this!
Scott

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Joy of Bike video: How to jump a mountain bike

In this episode of Joy of Bike we teach an ex pro roadie/semipro XC racer how to jump smoothly and safely. It’s a tale of trail trauma, rowing and anti-rowing. And of glory!

What do you think?

Lee

Breaking through mental barriers

Our brains are so powerful in so many ways, but Life can get in there and create obstacles to joy. In this video I take on the Whale Tail … and we all have a Whale Tail in our lives.

Dial in your hip hinge

If you’re a mountain biker (or a human), the most important movement you can master is the hip hinge. Here’s my story plus some tips.

Three Nutrition Tips to Nail Your MTB Off-Season

By Nicole Rubenstein

Why is this off-season different than all other off-seasons? Most of us are coming off a non-race season and we are dealing with the inherent challenges of a COVID environment – changes in mental health, less access to group exercise and gyms, and different grocery shopping experiences (just to name a few). All of these challenges can affect our nutrition and therefore our readiness for next year’s bike season.

There are three important concepts to take into consideration this winter.

1) Eat the right amount of protein at the right time to make the most of your strength training.

2) Dropping a few pounds off your body’s frame is far easier than dropping it off your bike’s frame.

3) Increase your intake of immune-boosting and gut healthy foods.

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Are you afraid, or are you ready?

This has happened several times in skills classes, and I think it has something to teach us:

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Incorporating RipRow with spin bike and strength training

Lee

1st I’m 5ft 11 in and 260. I own a Riprow and a Nordic Track bike. I have the tools to succeed and I love to ride my bike. I’m stronger than last year. But my question is how can I utilize the Riprow better. Should I workout daily with it? Should I use it in conjunction with strength workouts? I would like to be the best rider possible by next season here in Bend, Oregon. I have goals and riding aspirations and want to be a success story.

Can you give any suggestions on how to improve physically on the bike and on the trail? My financial situation doesn’t allow me to have a lot of subscriptions. Riprow and spin bike were not cheap but that’s what I have.

Thank you in advance for your help.

John

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Help me get back into a manual

Hi Lee

I’m not getting over my “fear” to lean back properly for manuals.  Or rather, to shift my weight back.
I know about keeping arms straight, not pulling up so much, pre-loading and then pushing back, but i’m not committed enough.  Feels feeble as there’s so little risk of things going wrong.  (Using flats so that’s also limiting damage.)
I’m getting my wheelies done pretty well, although I think I can also move my centre of gravity back some more.
Is there some mental image i can use to get me to move back?
I’ve even tried moving back in an “L”: down first, then back.
I’m pretty short (5’7″) so arm reach apparently will make it a bit more difficult.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks
JL

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Brake Less and Let the Bike Roll 

Lately I’ve been SO STOKED on riding! I’m riding almost every day and getting really fit. As stoked as I am, I must admit I’ve descending slowly and carefully relative to my potential.

Why am I riding below my potential?

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