1 - Visualize the perfect lap goals pic Your brain is very powerful. It can convince you that you hear something after watching a scary movie. It can trick you for a few seconds when you think you're taking a drink of water but it's actually milk. It can create dreams and nightmares so vivid that you have a difficult time convincing yourself it isn't real.

One of the particularly helpful chapters of  "The Little Book Of Talent"  is a chapter on building new habits. Instead of wasting your time trying to fix a bad habit, focus your time and energy on building an entirely new skill. snow tracks

Heather Collman asks Q= Is there anything to help speed, quickness or reaction time? A= There are tons of agility drills and speed training drills you can do to improve these things. These would complement a good strength training program to really help develop your athletic agility skills. I would probably do these as part of a warm up before a track day or even on a rest and recovery day.

For me, the hip hinge is the most important basic movement pattern that everyone shoud do to ride a bike well. The hinge is crucial in proper positioning for the gate start, pedaling, manualing and jumping. Without using the hips properly, you will never get the most power to the ground and more importantly you may be risking an injury by putting extra stress on your lower back.  

Here are a few examples of what a good hip hinge looks like.

hip hinge

As I continue reading "The Little Book Of Talent", one of the really interesting chapters are on defining and developing the two types of skills; hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills refer to a skill that must be done and repeated with machine like precision every time. A Soft skill is more about building the ability to recognize patterns, becoming agile and flexible to many different situations.  

So I just bought the book, err I mean e-book "The Little Book Of Talent". I'm about 20 pages in, and this thing is F'ing awesome. I can actually feel myself get a little smarter as I read it, If I retain that intelligence is another story. The book, basically is all about the best, most efficient ways to learn a new skill. This is particularly helpful for us BMXers, because building new skills, honing the ones we already have, and breaking bad habits are so important in this sport.

  Be honest, you have been slacking hard and eating really shitty since Grands. I've seen all the Twitter posts on what everyone has been eating followed with #offseason. I'm not here to bust your balls; I've done my fair share of slacking too. Now as we wrap up these holidays and start to get focused on training for next year I think everyone needs to come up with some goals and a plan on how to achieve them.

Alright, it's time for the yearly re-cap of what we have learned this year. After probably hundreds or thousands of hours of reading and working with a group of kids I train, I have began to really see a pattern in what makes a successful athlete/bmx racer. Take a few minutes to read and think about some of the mistakes you make and how some of these could improve your racing.

It's been a long time since I've updated my blog. Now that the weathers cooling down it's easier to be indoors and on the computer. This summer has been a real challenge to fit in everything I need to do and still try to stay in shape. Then on top of working an average of 60 hours a week since June, kids, wife, trying to keep house from falling apart, I've crashed more this year than probably the last 10 years combined. I had to really take a few steps back from improving my training to just heal up and deal with some nagging injuries.  

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