Video: Final Strength Session & Sports Psychology - The Privateer Episode 8

Aug 9, 2018
by Pinkbike Originals  

Adam is down to his final workout, and it's the toughest yet. Todd has been ramping up his training as he peaks for the upcoming Enduro World Series race in Whistler. But it's not only his body getting a workout, as Adam meets up with a local Sports Psychologist to work on mental techniques. The preparation is done.



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56 Comments

  • + 38
 I hope there's an after the race recap where Adam, Yoann and Sam trade stories of the race over a pint. Hope there's some good karma going their way for making the series even more interesting. Good luck!
  • + 23
 I think the "oooo look at the Heron" cut perfectly demonstrated the ADD focus-skitz a lot of us suffer from. Well done! I drive my wife insane with that stuff. "You're not listening to me! "

Good luck in Whistler!
  • + 4
 Your wife says,"You're not listening to me!" and you say,"Good luck in Whistler!"

I hope you know where your couch is.
  • + 11
 Nice episode. I could use some coaching on my focus - I'm totally all over the place while I work, just like Adam says. Dozen tabs, 3 operating systems running, writing a couple presentations, all that BS at the same time. Probably not healthy, but it IS how we live these days.
  • + 4
 Yes if I go riding after work sometimes my head is scrambled and my riding is way off what I know it should be ,then your confidence goes and its hard to remember just to have fun ,
  • + 31
 i started to read this comment but
  • + 3
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I started to write my commmasnddsaf
  • + 9
 @konacyril: if I may share my experience after I got my family and got more managerial position at work... never repress thoughts and feelings. Meet them, adress them with respect like you would be talking to a little eager boy. Yes boss wants things, clients want even more, family wants things too. They will send shoulds into your head. Stand bold, this is the time you deserve, this is what you need. Tell them that you will meet later. Don’t repress them, don’t shut them down. Tell them you meet later. Your head must be clear to back come home or to work safe and happy. If you get a bad ride, we all do sometimes, adress it, say to yourself that it’s one of those rides. You have to keep riding for the good one to happen. I take plenty of time to put my head into right place. Especially in a bike park. And I always treat my anxiety gently. I put it to sleep like my kids. No point in making them Sad and make me angry. Patience and care.
  • + 5
 @konacyril: Try pushing a little harder. Nothing creates focus like the front wheel beginning to wash in a corner. As a wise man once said "No one is thinking about work when they are being chased by a grizzly bear".
  • + 3
 @employee7: quite agreed. Of all mistakes I made in times of having small kids, the worst has been riding carefully. It is far better to opt for ripping easy trails to the max than being careful on hard ones. I got minor concussion by taking a fkng chicken line.
  • + 5
 @konacyril: Part of the reason I ride is it brings me back to the moment. All the clutter in my mind from the day is usually gone after 45-60 minutes of pedaling up the hill. Then I get to drop in with a clear mind and revel in the rest of the evening.

It doesn't always work out that well, but I definitely notice a difference in mental attitude on days I ride vs days I don't.
  • + 14
 Wow: tips from Sam Hill? Now he will make it????
  • + 1
 Yes, from the man himself
  • + 5
 Sam's tip: "Flat Pedals."
  • + 5
 ''Loose is good, loose is fast.'' - Sam Hill Best tip ever
  • + 11
 OMG, you mean to tell me that the series is going to wind up with a cameo appearance by SAM f*ckING HILL??!!! who the f*ck are the creators behind this who are these masterminds, they got an Oscar comin their way for sure!!
  • + 12
 Pinkbike, you are spoiling us.
  • + 7
 That Richie Rude AG Trainner is some kind of guru as well... Not just body focused... I like him. He briefly talked about ego and all this stuff.. I would like to hear more of his sportive/spiritual insight... It might be the key for champs.
  • + 6
 I'm really impressed by him. Being a strength training enthusiast and sports technology student I often cringe at the training people are doing. This program looks like a really considered balance of strength, mobility, cardio, sport-specific-practice and now some work on sports psychology which is hugely important and often neglected. I like that they trained through the first race too and are looking to peak for the EWS Whistler. Definitely a considered, evidence based training approach.
  • + 5
 @tom666: I cringe at the fact that most MTB discussions I see online show how people look at MTB from cardio perspective, with huge focus on endurance, which is nothing more but implementing road training into MTB. modifying road programs to suit MTBers. That is as if road, endurance disciplines in general were the only long researched dsiciplines in the world. Oh well, what about sprints? Sprinters? What about BMX racing? Olympic BMX racers have power outputs comparable with Olympic sprinters and short distance runners. Hello! Oh HELLO! Anybody there? Yes! oh yes! BMX racing is a comparably developed discpline as road cycling. So how about we are doing it wrong and should start with what BMXers do and mold it to suit MTB? Who the f*ck spins circles and watches his RPM and Watts on a stage of Enduro race? Not to mention a ride with their friends? Who if not BMXers own supreme skill and fitness in applying hip drive to a bike, which is the base of 90% of movements on the bike? Your result on Enduro/DH race, your experienced fun levels on regular ride, or weekend in the park, rely greatly on your ability to hold riding stance, execute hip drive with all its coordination nuances and accelerate fast. Where. Does. Riding. A. Road. Bicycle. A. Lot. Fit. That. Description? Why am I told by people who claim to be personal trainers and specialists tell me that gym is a cherry on a cake and road is the absolute fundation? That strength training has low threshold where diminishing returns appear and there is nearly no ceiling to endurance? I tell you why, because they have no f*cking clue about riding a mountain bike down the hill.

The result is, majority of mountain bikers are told to hit the road bike and then maybe the gym. Which one do you think they neglect? Which requires more knowledge and attention? And then to the cardio specific part, which training requires more resilience towards mental and physical fatigue? Spinning for 2 hours, or doing sprint intervals for 20 minutes? Spinning for 2 hours or doing plyometric exercise AFTER(!) you have been mastering each of plyo movements for months so you don't hurt yourself like many crossfiters. Here you have the answer. Road based, endurance focused type of MTB training is a much easier pulp to chew, but since it is time consuming it still feels like you did a good job. Except... roadies getting into MTB rarely get anywhere and BMXers who get into MTB demolish the field in a matter of 2 years.

And people like to say, Downhillers are naturally good at Enduro because of the skill part, ok fine. But maybe, their BMX/Moto based training makes them easily adapt to endurance whereas endurance athletes have a hard time adapting to sprints. And please remember Enduro is not a MTB Marathon, it is 5DH stages, read sprint based whole body workouts, divided by lazy cranking up the hill.

Now to connect it with this video, go check out what former coach of Gwinny, Ryan Hughes does with Eli Tomac, that similar to what you see here. So how about we treat gym as the foundation and road as cherry on the pie?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I agree with most of this. Sprinting hard and pedaling on the downs is not in the XC and marathon side of the sport. Its more like BMX and track cycling. To me, road is the place to maintain fitness and perhaps to recover some fitness after an injury or illness lay off.
  • + 4
 @headshot: I'll say this, I cringe at the very thought of sprints or plyo workout at the gym. I get pre-existing pain anxiety because I know how easy it is to go over the edge, and I know how it fkng hurts. So I neglected it this year. I did the comfy deadlifts, some caliesthenics then road rides.

Just last week I rode down a 10min flow trail and my legs just couldn't do the two last pedalling sections. I was pedalling as if I was on most average pace World Champs. Ok ok, if I have tooo. One stroke, second stroke. there was no power coming out of this. So next day I decided to pace myself before. Result? Fresher, eager to pedal but... sorry... not much power for you sir anyways. Compared both efforts on Strava. barely freaking 2-3 secs better on pedalling. So... should I work on Endurance? that's a theory, oooor maybe, I just suck at delivering power, because what I think it is, that it takes some good acceleration and those seconds keep getting cut all the way after that. Sure you may put in a few pedal strokes after, but what cuts time on a descent is speed above certain threshold and you have to get to it. There is limit to how fast you can pedal on a descent. Not only that you can't spin any faster, but also it gets counter productive on rollers and eventual obstacles, pumping makes more sense above certain limit. So get to that limit as fast as possible.

Ugh... fkng hill sprints this weekend OUCH...
  • + 10
 Great series Adam, good luck this weekend. I very proud Dad x
  • + 4
 Adam,
You have put a lot of pressure on your shoulders: all those people, including yourself waiting for the results after all these coachings (including Sam Hill himself). Expectations are huge and difficult to cope with.
The objective of the best serie on pinkbike beeing fullfiled i suggest you just focus on the pleasure to be there.
f*ck the results...
  • + 3
 Wow, such a cool journey for Adam. Thanks Pinkbike for making this happen and allowing us to come along. And thanks to all those who have supported Adam. It's so cool to see pros like Yoann Barelli and now Sam Hill come out and provide insight. We (me) mere mortals get a glimpse inside of the mindset along with the skill. Best wishes Adam. I hope you find the focus you need as you have mad skills already as evident on Treasure Trail and you shredding with your buddies. Go fast and be present.
  • + 8
 Good luck dude.
  • + 3
 Has Adam been hooked up with a local coffee sponsor yet? If he doesn’t have a handlebar or a weight in his hand there’s a big’ol cuppa Joe. That caffeine savings could fund a few more sports psych sessions!
  • + 2
 He needs a refillable coffee cup........nothing else! Avoid plastic and rubbish!
  • + 1
 @speedjunk: leave no trace!
  • + 7
 GO ADAM!!!!
  • + 2
 Loving the series, great, top lad - very apparent however that he doesn't have that professional psyche needed to succeed in professional sport - as an individual he seems all over the place and lacks the qualities demonstrated in successful sports people.
  • + 1
 If Radtke (psychologist) had watched the previous episodes, I think she might have come in with a different approach. That's the problem with a one-off session--there's no context. He tells her he needs to be more mindful, but he's just saying that because that's what the dude in the last video told him. What he needs is more self-confidence and better decision making models, so that HEY A SQUIRREL HI MR. SQUIRREL!
  • + 1
 I think a bit more of a discussion on how the nervous system functions and some key strategies to better manage it would have been a better use of time than the slow grind towards mindfulness mastery. Don't get me wrong, I love mindfulness and fully agree, but he had a week to go. Some quick techniques on grounding etc. would have been useful. The challenge is that our brain works differently under stress than in calm. Understanding this and learning to keep it in healthy range, much like rpm in a car, goes a long way to remaining in the moment and accessing a broader array of awareness while in that moment- especially if you don't have much time to work with as was the case here.
  • + 3
 'my thought is we would just go into the woods for a little bit'..... i love it when the ladies say that.
  • + 4
 Two episodes in one week?! How did we get so lucky.
  • + 1
 These episodes keep getting better and better. This series is the most relatable and relevant thing on pinkbike, please keep it up!
  • + 1
 Such a great series well done pinkbike and good luck Adam. Really great to see the pros give there time to this series as well.
  • + 2
 “I could be eatin’ way better quality cheese than I am at the moment.”
  • + 3
 Sam Hill tips - MUST WATCH!
  • + 3
 This series is the best thing Pinkbike has produced in a while.
  • + 2
 Anyone know that Yeti rear triangle survived 8:57?
  • + 5
 I was wondering if it survived the trail before the tree impact.
  • + 1
 Having broken a rear triangle on my sb6c, with a far less aggressive impact, I'd say that was a replacement. Just Kelly didn't have to pay the $900 crash replacement fee.
  • + 1
 This series is rad. Great work to everyone involved.
  • + 1
 nice series. hope they do some dh reality ty????
  • + 1
 Adam is dressed for a World Cup DH track walk.
  • + 1
 Adam is looking stronger for sure! Can't wait for the next episode!
  • + 1
 Can't wait to see next episode with Sam Hill.
  • + 1
 Great stuff!
  • + 1
 Sam Hill, that is all.
  • - 2
 Wow that coach got his head sooo far up his own ass.
  • + 1
 he just has a different way of communicating...but he did seem a bit over the top but everybody has their own social skill issues
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