betsie

I ride and race Dh as well as trail riding, I am not a keyboard warrior and ride master, I am current Scottish vets Dh champion and have done my time to make educated comments based on experience. I train hard for racing.

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Jun 12, 2018
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betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 11, 2018 at 5:16
Jun 11, 2018
Video: How Did Luca Crash? - Cathrovision
More great analysis from the giraffe. Ben has brought through some talented riders, Henry and George of Propain were both with Ben until they signed for Propain, I would bet that especially now they are benefiting from Ben's input and insight as a racer. Good on you Ben, you have been the 1 elite at the Scottish rounds that has pretty much always been there. Good luck for the future and I hope that someone snaps you up for the technical insight into the tracks.
betsie meagerdude's article
Jun 11, 2018 at 1:01
Jun 11, 2018
18 Accessories We Like - 2018 Summer Gear Guide
So about $2100 later I have some essentials. .. that's more than my bike cost me. Wow. Thanks pinkbike. Lol
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 10, 2018 at 2:34
Jun 10, 2018
POV Video: Tahnee Seagrave Qualifies 1st - Leogang World Cup DH 2018
I like comparing the girls and the boys runs. Its great to see the girls going so fast and making the same little brake checks as us normal people that the boys just don't do.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 10, 2018 at 2:28
Jun 10, 2018
Results: Leogang DH World Cup 2018
Yes Henry. Well done. More to come.
betsie mikekazimer's article
Jun 8, 2018 at 15:02
Jun 8, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: Could You Make it Down a World Cup Downhill Course?
Fort Bill isn't that hard technically but it's long and hard on the hands for sure. It's a bit bumpy in places too. Can't wait to see Andorra for world masters.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 7, 2018 at 7:57
Jun 7, 2018
The Privateer Episode 2: Testing Begins & It’s Time to Train Like a Pro
@WAKIdesigns: I remember a couple of the current WC juniors getting the program of their elite rider and thinking the gym work schedule was nuts, let alone the biking. I also remember some of the current elites not getting their Dh bike until a couple of weeks before the first world cup and only having a road and trail bike, mental that this happens at that level. We don't really have any uplift up here and its a pretty small community so to have a few WC juniors and a few Elites in WC finals is awesome as well as some who have done EWS. Having kids is a joy, I had 1 2 years ago!, add a divorce, new partner, her previous kids and 1 of our own and we have 5. They get on so well and being 13, 13, 11 and 7, most of them pretty much take care of themselves. It does mean I ride much less than when it was just me and my son and don't spend weekends camping and in the mountains but its a different kind of fun these days.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 7, 2018 at 7:09
Jun 7, 2018
The Privateer Episode 2: Testing Begins & It’s Time to Train Like a Pro
@WAKIdesigns: The pro's work out much more than I do, thats for sure. But at 43 I have to train, I dont have the natural wild side to go fast and have to rely on technique and training. 3 rides a week... I am on about 3 rides a month normally. We have 5 kids between us, a dog and cat, the youngest child 6 weeks old (she is amazing), the eldest 13, a full time job and commute 1 hour each way to work! Luckily my partner is into spin and body pump so understands training, my sessions don't last long, its about impact and not duration these days. :)
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 6, 2018 at 23:18
Jun 6, 2018
The Privateer Episode 2: Testing Begins & It’s Time to Train Like a Pro
@WAKIdesigns: I have had 1 anthroscopy on my right knee for a bucket tare and a hernia when younger from squats. I introduced dead lift into my routine for 2 months and tracked my times with gorpo. It amazed me how I was all of a sudden nearly 5% slower down my local hills. So I removed it and the times came back to where they were. The human body is interesting and everyone is differect. It's about finding what works for you and sticking with it. I weigh the same as you and can deadlift 150 also. It just doesn't work for me. Maybe the old injuries (knee was football and I can't even play the game) are catching up with me. Lol I pyramid most weeks and lift heavy on a 1 of 6 week rotation. Excluding badminton twice a week I am currently training 5 mornings and 4 evenings a week with no burn out. 2 cardiovascular session and 3 gym workouts during the week. It's amazing what you can lift in a deadlift without doing deadlift if you replace it with more dynamic exercises. Grip strength is always going to be a slight issue for me. I have broken my hands 6 times, different bones. Rolondo fracture being the worst. I should just fit stabilisers.
betsie pinkbikeaudience's article
Jun 6, 2018 at 3:09
Jun 6, 2018
The Privateer Episode 2: Testing Begins & It’s Time to Train Like a Pro
@danielmessem: You are on the right track. Its what you do at the gym that counts. I used to ride loads, but find more benefit from mostly gym and riding for sharpness and some confidence/technique stuff. I have a new family so time is at a premium. I do no deadlifts, no squats, I do do step up's onto an old tree stump with 1 leg ensuring I am weighting through my heel to instep rather than toes, walk 15000 or more steps a day, mostly at a brisk pace, play up to 5 hours badminton a week. Muscle memory from the gym and reaction balance training is better than heavy weights for legs. Look at how Nino trains, some great combination exercises there. 1st thing on a bike is balance, far easier to come from the gym than on the bike using combination exercises. balance also comes from hip mobility... do tricep dips with one leg on the ground, the other as high as you can get it with the toe forced towards you hard. (this is covered in the video). Pressups with 1 leg up as high as you can get it, activates the gluts and hip mobility as well as core stability. 2nd thing on the bike is chest and shoulder or tricep strength, depending on how you ride. You cant attack a corner without a strong upper body. Bench press with wide grip, flies, lat pulldowns, seated rows, bent over shoulder flies etc. great one is using a balance board and a kettle bell, shoulder extension from the ground (think starting a lawn mower motion), picking up the kettle bell with the opposite hand. The better you get the higher the platform and slightly heavier weight. Forces hip mobility, core stability, correct hip position (sliding hips back rather than dropping down as dropping straight down will mean you weight your toes and loose balance). Cardio... you can be super fit but if you are doing things wrong due to poor stability you will just tire very quickly and get frustrated and being dropped through corners and technical sections then have to pedal to catch back up. Far better to be fit, and have great core stability, muscle memory etc. be able to pump every back side because your brain to limb communications are on point :) Just my thoughts, worked for me last year and seems to be doing well this year, just staring on the big bike, 6 weeks before world masters, but still mostly at the gym, up to 2 times a day with a short fasting workout of the same 3 key exercises every morning, 2 sets of 10 reps of Bench, lat pull down and seated rows. Evening workouts more targeted and balance work twice to 3 times a week. 2 turbo sessions a week targeting sprint and recovery, using some old school rave and when the bass drops you match it, when its not there you ride at 75% effort or something that is sustainable for well over 1 hour. 1 session is 1hr, the 2nd one up to 1hr or as long as your mind/body can hold out! 2 badminton sessions, 2 hours each, love this game and its a free lunges workout. :)
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