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RyanLeech RyanLeech's article
Aug 12, 2014 at 19:16
Aug 12, 2014
Good question Collin, I remember that shoot being particularly stressful, so it was far from being blissful. The lines were so challenging and dangerous that in order to ride them successfully I did need some flow, but that flow wasn't pure and free it was laced with fear and stress. Does that make sense? It's not the kind of riding or flow I'd choose to engage in again, though I was pumped and proud to have accomplished that filming shoot!
RyanLeech RyanLeech's article
Aug 11, 2014 at 8:11
Aug 11, 2014
So when you're going for the Enduro 'Charing' mindset do you think there is a time penalty like there was for me when compared to the 'Flowing' mindset? I do agree, it think it's different for everyone, but getting familiar with your typical or normal mode is useful to know. Ride ON!
RyanLeech bjornenga's article
May 17, 2014 at 13:12
May 17, 2014
Opinion: Further Faster - Thoughts on the Coming E-Ride Revolution
What an exciting perspective pushing discussion. Bjorn & Mike, thanks for representing the two polarities and for sitting-with the discomfort and potency of the comments. I learned a thing or two chasing Bjorn on his ebike; on technical climbs, he'd elegantly roll on up slippery and rooty sections while I spun out and dabbed; so I visualized applying the same steady and consistent power that an ebike motor produces during my pedal strokes and had some great success. Knowing Bjorn personally, I also learned that his passion for his ebike is genuine and deep, it's my sense that what charges him up is the desire to make this technology available for the right people in hopes that it'll contribute positively to their lives like it is to his. Now there are finer details and valid points of argument in the comments above, and those details that can be worked out when and if need be, but big picture, anyone who is willing to risk reputation, image, and finances in order to pursue and share a passion that is personally meaningful gets my vote of confidence.
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Nov 8, 2013 at 1:40
Nov 8, 2013
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RyanLeech BigTimber's article
Nov 7, 2013 at 9:05
Nov 7, 2013
Red Bull Rampage: Catch-22
Thanks Benyaks, and fatlarry, what comes to mind in response to your thoughts is that humans are complicated, there's always more going on than meets the eye. Who knows what an athletes life history has been and why they do the things they do. By objectively observing them we can only know so much, and nowhere near enough to make any conclusions about whether they're doing it right or not. So in a coaching relationship I wouldn't try to talk a rider in to doing or not doing something, but I would ask them a variety of questions that might enable them to talk themselves in to either doing something or not. Often athletes have a felt sense about something, but until they have an opportunity to put it in to words with another human being that sense won't have a chance to be acted upon. For instance an Olympian I worked with felt through his whole being that he wanted to retire, but it wasn't until he put this felt sense in to words that he was actually able to admit to himself that retirement was the right thing to do and thus take the actions and make the announcements necessary. Hope some of that makes sense and answers your question Larry.
RyanLeech BigTimber's article
Nov 6, 2013 at 9:07
Nov 6, 2013
Red Bull Rampage: Catch-22
And snl, really great points, as I look back on my riding, I can certainly relate! I remember some disorienting situations in my young riding career where the decision making abilities I did have seemed not to be available. I have an article coming out on pb soon about injuries, it seems that injuries may help to increase the rate of development of these faculties you speak of, at least in some people! I do agree though that when a young athlete has to contend with natural maturity of their brain, along with peer pressure, praise, anxiety, and perhaps a paycheque, the bigger perspective just isn't available to help inform a decision.
RyanLeech BigTimber's article
Nov 6, 2013 at 8:58
Nov 6, 2013
Red Bull Rampage: Catch-22
Haha, fatlarr, an article could be a good idea to expand and clarify my thoughts psyickphuk: 'shadow' is created when someone consistently denies their anger (or any other emotion) to a point where it becomes disowned; they are then unknowingly projecting their anger. I am not angry, you're angry. A 'golden shadow' is created when someone consistently denies their potential, for instance, when they say I am not talented, I am not talented, they end up disowning their talent and projecting it outward: 'I am not talented, but you're talented'. Of course the other person may be angry, but to the person with a shadow of anger the anger another person is expressing is basically twice as bad, it's their anger plus your disowned anger. There are various practices one can engage in to discover and re-own these shadow aspects of their being. So yes, spectators often have huge golden shadows: yes the pros are talented, but because the spectators have consistently denied and not acted on their own potential, they project it out on the athlete.
RyanLeech BigTimber's article
Nov 5, 2013 at 9:22
Nov 5, 2013
Red Bull Rampage: Catch-22
Thanks for this article Mitchell, I wrestle with these paradoxes myself, here are a couple opinions: There is a strong connection between spectator and athlete that goes both ways. They’re in cahoots whether they know it or not. Understanding the effects of this is important, and that’s hard to do because it requires some serious introspection, something many spectators and athletes don’t have the tools for. I didn't until well in to my pro career. A big factor that contributes to how a spectator behaves and how an athlete performs is projection. Two of many examples of what I mean by this are: If you don’t own your attraction to risk, you’ll project it out for all the pros to ‘real’ize. (Shadow) Similarly if you don’t own your potential for awesomeness, you’ll project it on the pros to ‘real’ize it. (Golden Shadow) When audience numbers rise, this has a powerful affect on the direction of our sport. There are now millions of non-athlete spectators who never take any physical risks projecting it out, and who aren’t nearly as awesome as us mountain bikers (wink ;-) projecting their awesomeness out, and this has huge control over the choices everyone involved in events like this make, including, and perhaps most potently the athletes; and until athletes become aware of this dynamic they are largely at the mercy of the masses, indeed a catch 22. As a Integral Master Coach™ (conscious plug), I work with athletes on issues like this, and I warn them that choosing to work with me to better understand these forces in a healthy way may either help them to optimize their performance or inspire them to quit-another catch 22! Many folks who enjoy the cultural purity of our sport of mountain biking may have an allergic reaction to the way events like the Rampage have evolved. They don’t need to see such death defying stunts because they own their fair share of risk taking tendencies and awesomeness.
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Oct 11, 2013 at 10:16
Oct 11, 2013
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