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July 22, 2020, 7:53 a.m. -  Greg Anderson

Good article by Lee... It's heartening to hear that the struggle is real even for top notch riders/coaches. So much I need to work on. Mitigating risk needs to be a thing for me at 51, but at the same time I got started late in the sport so I'm still getting better skill wise, if not endurance wise, so I try to push myself as much as I can. It seems once you have a certain base skill set, it really does become a mental game. Knowing what to do and trusting in yourself, your equipment, your setup... etc are 2 different things. Sometimes I'll flow through things without thinking, looking ahead like a champ... occasionally a little rock will catch my attention and an involuntary series of mental messages (..your front tire is about to clip that rock and wash out..) will basically take over and lock me up, essentially fulfilling the prophecy right off the trail. I make plenty of technical mistakes, especially with climbing, but its the mental ones that really bother me.

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