Beginner Mountain Bike Skills

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Mountain biking is an exciting sport that can be
enjoyed by anyone who knows how to ride a bike.
Compared to the average bike ride, it does present
some danger. Therefore, you should master these
basic skills before you hit the trails or the
dirt.

You can practice these beginning skills at a local
park, school, bike path, or simply around your
house. If you can, try to find a location with
a steep hill.

Get a feel for your pedals

Practice moving your foot away from the pedal,
first while sitting on your bike with one foot on
the ground. Next, move on to releasing and
replacing your foot while pedaling around for a
bit. Those with toe clip and clipless type foot
pedals will want to spend a bit more time
practicing.

Sit and spin for position

Simply sit on your bike and pedal around. You
should keep your arms slightly bent. You should
also adjust your seat height so your leg is 70 to
90 percent extended at the bottom of every stroke
on the pedal. Keep your body relaxed, as there
will never be a position where you should

Choosing And Using A Heart Rate

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Here are a few things about them that aren’t always in the manuals or glossy brochures…

Chose your heart rate monitor with practicality in mind. Remember, you buy and wear the watch, not the pro athlete endorsing it. The first thing that will go will be the strap so chose a model with the least flashy strap and can be replaced with a normal “sports strap”

When the battery is running out, one or more of the following is likely to happen

1. Operating the light makes the display dim

2. Heart rate stays abnormally high or low for prolonged periods of time. How many of you can hold 217 beats per minute for 5 minutes at the start of your run.

3.The sound is distorted or muffled.

4. There is a delay in pushing the button and the desired operation.

Have the battery replaces by the manufacturer. It may cost a bit more but the cost/usefullness of your monitor is likely to be the highest of all your equipment so it makes sense to look after it.

Don’t press the buttons under water – yes it says that in

Cycling Confidence and Peak Performance

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As a top sport psychologist, I would like to address some questions related to successful performances. My answers relate to my work, and my experience as an elite cyclist.

What is the psychology of excellence?

Successful performance in different fields follows a similar pattern. What drives a cyclist to peak performance also propels a cyclist to excellence. The ideas of performance enhancement that applies to athletics also applies to life.

Is successful performance related to happiness? Why?

Yes, successful performance is related to happiness, feeling energized, and achieving one’s personal aspirations. As a sport psychologist, I find personal fulfillment in inspiring and facilitating others to achieve their potential and to overcome obstacles in their path.

What contributes to excellence in cycling?

One of the keys to excellence in cycling, and apart from sport is to focus on the present, and avoid thinking about past or future performances. I help athletes develop a process, or routine, of performing that enables them to focus on what is happening right now.

Why are well-defined goals important for an individual?

Those athletes who have well-defined goals, and can focus on the process of performance