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StStStut ter StstS tepchar
Aug 3, 2002 2:17 PM
Getting in to the cross thang, got the dreaded stutter step blues. Any tips to get rid of it? 1-2-3-hop-hop and pedal.

A Work in Progresstriangleforge
Aug 5, 2002 11:22 AM
One of my main goals for the summer -- not yet accomplished, though it's getting there -- is to get rid of the extra little dab I habitually put in just after I get back in the saddle. Here are a couple of things that have helped so far in that quest:

1) Go ahead and practice slow, but don't spend a whole lot of time at it or expect much from this; very little of the slow-motion practice I did transfered over to faster speeds, because the motion is so different when you're going fast. If anything, I do better near race speed than I do at medium pace. No real surprise, but of course it's more intimidating the faster you go, so you've got to overcome that.

2) Concentrate on pulling your left leg up underneath you as soon as it leaves the ground -- watching video of the last Worlds, I noticed that most riders had their left knees bent past 90 degrees when they re-mounted. By emulating this bend, I leave myself without the option of putting that foot down for that extra dab!

3) Practice success, don't practice failure. I've found that if I mess up more than two or three times in succession, it's time to quit trying so hard and work on something else -- I hardly ever get it right after that, and I'm just re-inforcing a bad habit. Conversely, if I do it right, I'll try to repeat it a few times (correctly) in order to drill the proper motion into my head & muscles.

Good Luck!