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Nov 8, 2013 at 1:40
Nov 8, 2013
Thanks for sharing your thought provoking and inspiring ideas and career Smile
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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
This dudes got it figured out...

RyanLeech RyanLeech's article
Sep 5, 2013 at 18:18
Sep 5, 2013
ProVisions 5 - Strava Unbound
Wow, great dialogue, thanks for all the thoughtful comments and perspectives everyone. One last question for those that use Strava, how do you determine when to give 'Kudos'? What is it based on? Cheers!
Sep 5, 2013 at 10:20
Sep 5, 2013
I enjoyed the ProVisions article on Strava - but I thought you could have made a cheeky comment about its fallibility. Wink Cheers on your efforts for BCBR though. I wish I could have entered this summer.
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RyanLeech RyanLeech's article
May 28, 2013 at 23:17
May 28, 2013
ProVisions 4 - I Am the Trail
What's the experience like for you when you're in the zone in a life or death skiing situation? Before, during, and after?
RyanLeech RyanLeech's article
May 28, 2013 at 9:30
May 28, 2013
ProVisions 4 - I Am the Trail
thanks jaycubzz...good perspective twist, when results/performance is the measurement for what the zone is then yeah, i think you're spot on...I think wakidesigns perspective is very important: that we all interpret the zone differently based on our worldview. Huge. The zone for someone going after competition results is going to be very different from the zone experienced by a 45 year old who is dealing with the existential questions of life....thanks guys
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