Frustrated by a lack of progress with your MTB skills practice? It might be time for a mental reset. RLC Ambassador, Carl Roe explains...
We live in a society that idolises success and frowns on failure. This can result in an all-or-nothing approach to life that poisons our MTB skills progression. It’s not at all unusual to feel like you’ve ‘failed’ if you don’t complete a course, or master that skill you’ve been dreaming about – this judgment is built into the very fabric of our culture.
If you’re frustrated with your lack of progress, or have let your practice sessions slide for whatever reason, a metal reset can really help. To perform a mental reboot consider the following:
We expect to climb the ladder of continuous improvement
The reality is more like a rollercoaster
Developing MTB skills takes a lot longer than the majority of riders expect. We’re talking months and years, not days or weeks. And the learning process isn’t a linear ascent to greatness like climbing a ladder. The process is better described as a roller-coaster with lots of ups and downs, including some scary bits that might make you scream. Feel-good sessions with uplifting ah-ha moments are punctuated by days when we just want to throw our bike in a dumpster… and everything in between.
Expecting continuous progression is a recipe for frustration. So if you’re finding skills practice frustrating (we all do), consider shifting your focus. Progression is inevitable if you simply show up and enjoy the journey.
Over the last 4 years, RLC has helped thousands of riders reach their goals. We’ve received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our members and we’ve seen them make some serious progress in their skills. Click to LEARN MORE.