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No Goals? No Gainz!

No Goals? No Gainz!

So I asked a seemingly simple question from a bunch of my friends. If you’re one of my friends that I asked… don’t get offended… I asked a bunch of people “what are you working on as far as skills now?” I got a mixed bag of answers, but they basically fell into two categories (about half and half): 1) “lap time” and 2) “something more specific.” Guess which group is the fast one.  My theory on this is if you’re not working on a specific skill, you’re just cruising around. Fun it may be, but “Deliberate Practice” it ain’t....

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Habituation vs Sensitization

“Habituation occurs when we learn not to respond to a stimulus that is presented repeatedly without change, punishment, or reward. Sensitization occurs when a reaction to a stimulus causes an increased reaction to a second stimulus.” - Lumen Learning   In other words, when you’re used to something being a certain way, you stop paying attention to it. And when something scary (or…expensive) happens, you can become overly sensitive to it. In motorcycle terms, crashing on gravel may make you sensitized to every slight twitch of the front wheel, or on the flipside going through hundreds of corners without any event at all habituates...

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Track vs Parking Lot. What Can You Learn In a Lot?

It seems like there's a time and place for practicing everything. The track is a great place to learn stuff, BUT there are plenty of things that are a "waste of time" there. Now I don't mean "waste of time" as in don't bother doing them. I mean, why spend hundreds of dollars to work on them when you can do the same stuff for free. Then, when at the track, let your muscle memory take over and work on things that aren't available for free and only trainable in that environment...  Lot Drillable Skills Body Position - you're absolutely wasting...

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Which Dance Are We Doing?

Which Dance Are We Doing?

Soulja Boy? Dab? Get Low?  what dance we're doing on the bike depends on what we're doing :P  souja boy (left) is great for street cause it allows you plenty of vision through the corners ( this guy needs to turn his head more though).  The Dab (middle) is for racing (not as much vision but head and body is much lower)  and "get low" is somewhere in between i guess.  The keys to all of these are a straight outside arm and bent inside arm.    Also, can anyone's 5 year old teach me to draw better than this?...

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Constraints Are Not Optional

Constraints Are Not Optional

Great, you listened to all the guys preaching deliberate practice, and are heading to a parking lot (or big empty field if you're a dirtbike) to do some drills! You get there and ride around in circles. How do you tell if you're getting better? how do you know you're making turns and not missing them by a mile? How do you tell if you went tighter this time than last? Without constraints or reference points you're just cruising around and can't tell what's working and what isn't.  By adding constraints (whether it's lines on the pavement, cones, tennis balls,...

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