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July 22, 2020, 9:36 a.m. -  Pete Roggeman

Totally agree - hearing about what elite riders and coaches struggle with, or are working on, is really helpful and encouraging. Especially when it's a lot of the same stuff I have issues with! Mental side is a big thing and I don't really know how to overcome mental blocks except by riding through it, trying new trails, riding with other people, or on the hardtail from time to time. One or a combo of those things usually works. However, we've been talking about coaching and technique a lot lately (watch for more articles about it) and realizing that amongst our wide group of very experienced and capable riding buddies, none of us has had much coaching - at all - in 20 years. We did a cornering drill several weeks ago and I'm still feeling the benefits on rides now. After one practice session of about 45 minutes. So...I'll be doing that more in the future.

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