As a coach, this is something I've been struggling with: true beginners are much less likely to take lessons for whatever reason (wanting to trial and error for a bit, embarrassment, money). So the coach is sort of left trying to start in the middle; working from where the student thinks he is - often times with the student not wanting to back up and work on the things he already 'knows' how to do.The hard part for me has been finding instruction (or riding partners) compatible with my skill level. The "beginner" clinics were too baslc, the "intermediate" one I tried (and all possible riding partners) too advanced.
What was too advanced in this intermediate class?And what was too basic in the beginner? We get people wanting to skip our Level One class because they "know how to ride" and don't think they need it. What happens if we let them into Level 2? We spend half the class bringing "that guy" up to speed on all sorts of things covered in the first class, mostly the body positioning sequence but other things too.The hard part for me has been finding instruction (or riding partners) compatible with my skill level. The "beginner" clinics were too baslc, the "intermediate" one I tried (and all possible riding partners) too advanced.
The Ryan Leech stuff looks pretty advanced too.
That is the problem. Those free classes that clubs run do not compare to a paid, certified coach's class. It's no wonder those were too easy and the paid certified instructor's intermediate was too much.You both assumed that I skipped the beginner class. Not at all. I took it at least 3 times. It was a free skills clinic offered by the local club, really more of a ride with some bits of instruction thrown in here and there.
The intermediate class was given by a different coach not connected with the club.
That coach did not offer a beginner class.
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Everybody's different for sure but ^^^ this is best for me as well.Instruction for me has always come from finding riding buddies that ride a bit over my ability, combined with saddle time.
I started riding (1992) in a remote area on some rough trails on a full ridged (obviously) with no idea what I was supposed to be able to do. MTBaction was the source of any instruction (although seeing guys on trials bikes climbing over 3ft high trees just seemed ridiculous!)
When I hooked up with a riding buddy we challenged each other and discovered what was possible and rode and rode and rode.
Fast forward 24 years and I find that this recipe still works for me. (some of the youtube videos seem just as ridiculous). My buddies challenge me and I ride ride ride.
It's a terrible job but someone's got to do it.
Gawd, that would have made me hate riding. I don't ride to go fast. Going fast is a side effect for me. All I care is that I am out there.I was very lucky, when I got Into this I had a friend at work who raced In Germany for years. He was new In Florida and did not know about our trails.
I showed him Boyette, then Alafia and that kindled the fire and he got back into It.
He started each weekly ride with me for a full year, working my azz off.
I'd get a solid hour per ride of real Instruction, then he'd go off and ride with the fast people.
I'll never forget It, He'd shout, "You still back there ?",, "I can't hear you breathing lets get It on, Pick up the pace",, I'd ride till I puked or fell off,,got stronger.
I'd take an easy 'B' Line and he'd catch me and stop the ride, 'Oh no you don't, lets go back and do the fast line." And we would ride the hard stuff over and over Until I made It mine.
Taught me everything, even crazy stuff I thought was useless like how to eat, drink and rest ON the bike.
He'd raise hell with me If I put a foot on the ground at any time during the ride.
We'd get ready at the trail head and wait and watch riders go out, He would say,
"Nope not those two" then a bit later, "Ah Ha those three"
I'd be like wtfuuuu????
He'd pick faster riders and make me try and keep up with them, make me push my limits of skill and endurance. "Wan't to get faster, get dropped" and that's so very true..
He proved to me It's not the bike, It's the rider~~~
Yeah I hear ya and It did at first, (hate riding) But then came the benefits.Gawd, that would have made me hate riding. I don't ride to go fast. Going fast is a side effect for me. All I care is that I am out there.