Lol.Every run??? Could be totally blotto by noon. I suppose a lot of people at the resort are anyway. The Mt. Bachelor Sun Bar is often packed by 11am.
This.Wow. I'd certainly crash with some drink in me, especially with not much food on my stomach.
Certified lightweight here.
I'm on team "drops are no problem". For some reason I've never had a problem hitting any drops. It's all in the mind for sure. Think it's a result of my teenage years, freestyle biking (as well as mtb). Used to "drop" off of all kinds of random cityscape features.
Jumps on the other hand, they're a different beast. I jump well enough but not as well as I'd like. Jumps are more involved due to the complexity of executing a good takeoff. Again it's mental, and I don't spend enough time working on them. I've always managed to pull them off (sometimes unexpectedly) when needed on a trail, but purposely airing big gaps, not so much. I find I'm stuck in a certain comfort zone of height or length. I think speed is a factor as well. It's a head game.
I think the best advice for both is simply start small and progress. It's good to push your comfort zone a little but not worth getting injured trying to progress too quickly.
I could copy and past this as my response. Well said Logan.For me, the short answer to all of this is practice. And specifically, practice on something that doesn't scare you. And practice until you almost feel bored with it, and then move up to something larger.
I find drops much easier than jumps for some reason. Drops just feel natural to me, especially ones with even a moderate amount of speed. I primarily use the "throw the bike forward" method. Plenty of videos on youtube can help you get the idea
Given, I've not hit anything abnormally large (my largest so far is about shoulder height), and any time I do anything larger than I've done before, I do get a bit apprehensive, and go scope it out a bit, and will only hit it if I'm "feeling" it that day.
Jumps are really difficult for me though, especially anything lippy, or that shoots you high (vertically) into the air. Something about the way they are shaped plus the speed makes me think I'm going into orbit. And my history with dead sailoring or otherwise being sketchy on jumps has me riding scared.
So this summer, when I was visiting family in Utah (I brought my bike, best decision ever), I decided to hit up a local jump skills park almost every day I was there. Each day I did 20 laps of the a run that was a combination of their Green, "double green" and blue trails. The run had 5 "actual" jumps on it. So every day I was doing 100 jumps. Later in that trip I made it to Trailside Park in Park City Utah, which, to its credit, has some of the best jump practice trails I've found anywhere. I spent another two days riding those.
On each individual run, it was hard to notice any progression if I'm being honest. But comparing runs from the end of the day to the beginning, I really saw improvement, and the difference from the beginning of the trip to the end, was pretty dramatic. I went from casing every jump on the trail, to clearing everything. I went from being rigid on the bike, to starting to throw some movement (lets not get carried away here... it was a slight bar turn and tilt of the bike... but it felt huge and amazing).
My personal biggest problem is fear, and how that fear makes me ride the jumps/drops.
The best way I've found so far to counter that fear... is by griding out time on jumps and drops that feel "too easy". This is intentional, as doing something that is "too easy" over and over again encourages you to start to play around a bit (to make it not boring), and playing around with something makes you more comfortable with it. And once you are truly comfortable on the smaller stuff, start working your way up.
Fear is a good thing for several reasons, however overcoming fear is also a skill just like learning how to position your body or applying the brakes properly.How do you guys overcome your fear of crash?
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I went to a private pretty hardcore Enduro spot about 2 years ago, was terrified but rode everything, slowly. It was a training day for an upcoming race.
Then during my lunch break I drank 1 beer I had with me, I then turned on my Strava (which I had used maybe 5x in my life at that point) and proceeded to get 1 KOM & 3-4 top 6 places. Some of the people on that list raced the Pro class, but still being a private spot the # of total riders was pretty small and certainly some of those guys were still getting up to speed.
However it was pretty apparent that I was a faster, smoother, less 'in my head' rider after just 1 beer. Which I could not feel at all otherwise.
I now often carry one of those plastic 99 cent bottles of vodka in my hydration pack and find that it's a good tool to loosen me up and make me ride more in the moment if a ride or obstacle is stressing me out. Liquid courage I guess.
I setup my phone to record myself so I could see how I was doing. The small drop is about 12", the medium drop is maybe 20" (knee height), and the large drop is waist height. I didn't hit the large drop because I just wasn't getting the consistency on the medium...See if you can find somewhere with a skills area to practice. I'm heading to a park later today that has a nice skills are with three progressively larger drops on a dedicated loop so you can just roll them again and again and as you gain comfort on the small move up to the large.