Wanted to thank you
I bought Mastering Mountain Bike Skills several years ago and made it my bible for quite a while. A couple years later, I started getting cocky about my riding skills and forgot all about the book. I stacked it hard about a month ago, managing to knock myself out, separate and dislocate my shoulder and injure my lower back.
I was riding too fast for conditions on a trail I didn’t know well and completely deserved it. This blow to my ego (and head) gave me some time and the impetus to re-read your book. A friend also turned me onto your website which is full of awesome tips.
I had my first long trail ride yesterday since the wreck. I got back to the basics of pumping corners, attack position and flow. I forgot all about going stupid fast and had an absolute blast. I just wanted to thank you for all the info which I promise not to forget this time!
Thanks for writing. It’s so cool to get this kind of feedback.
Dude, I am continually circling back to the basics. This summer, I’ve been having trouble with my hips because of cumulative fatigue and high-force riding. I’m focusing on core strength and even more centered riding. I’m learning a ton and having lots of fun.
Pretty sweet. Have fun out there!
Know more. Have more fun!
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Zach, sorry to hear about your injuries. Sounds like you’re putting your downtime to good use.
I just wanted to say that after reading Lee’s book, I have so much to work on that I ride a lot slower now. I enjoy the process of getting my pumping/cornering/dropping/flow just dialed, and prefer this to riding at speeds above my skills. Once I became aware of progression and technique, I found it impossible to go back to the “just let it all hang out and hold on for dear life” style of riding I used to do (and sustained a major injury in the process as well).
When you’re learning new kung fu, you’re likely to slow down … for a while. As you integrate the new skills, you’ll get smoother/faster/better than ever.