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Learning to jump, dealing with fears: video interview with mountain bike coach Elaine Bothe

During the month of Feb, MTB coach Elaine Bothe was our first featured guest expert in my Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN) Facebook Group, focusing on two topics: 1) Fear; 2) Jumps. (See my Feb. 9 blog post for more about Elaine.)

Earlier this month, I conducted a video interview with her. The topics were the same as her online appearance: dealing with fear; and learning to jump. (I goofed on the recording, neglecting to recording the audio of my questions for her so it’s taken me a while to patch things together.)

MTB FEARS – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 1:

LEARNING TO JUMP – VIDEO Q&A WITH MTB COACH ELAINE BOTHE, PART 2:

Learning to reduce the impact of some mountain bike crashes, Part 1: sliding out sideways

Update 3/26, 7 am CDT:

This blog post, originally published on March 22, has now been published on Singletracks.com with a slightly revised title and a major addition of a narrated video/screencast at the end. See:

Learning to reduce the impact of some mountain bike crashes, Part 1: sliding out sideways

Why aren’t there more seniors mountain biking? Part 3: Fear of injuries

In the online discussion threads (see the list in part 2), many people mentioned the fear of injuries from falling as a reason for not considering mountain biking.

Double track dirt trail, MN River Bottoms between the Mendota and Cedar Ave bridges

I touched on it in that post, arguing that beginners should not have to accept falling as a necessary part of recreational mountain biking on flat, wide, smooth, obstacle-free dirt trails like the dirt double track trail along the MN River Bottoms between the Mendota and Cedar Avenue bridges.

But what if you’re wondering if mountain biking could become a sport for you?  What if you’re curious about what it’s like to ride on some singletrack, especially trails with some of that ‘flow’ that you keep hearing about?  What if you’re tempted to engage in a little skill development, either on your own or with some coaching? Continue reading Why aren’t there more seniors mountain biking? Part 3: Fear of injuries